Iveco Daily Van Review
The Iveco Daily At A Glance
The Iveco Daily is an emerging van for tradespeople across The UK, with the Daily’s unique design drawing clearly on the manufacturer’s background as a truck manufacturer. The third generation within this range first launched in 2014, and after thorough updates in the following years, the much-discussed heavy van has gradually improved in almost every department. Unlike its large van rivals, which are typically built out of an all-in-one structure, the Iveco Daily uses a separate chassis with a body bolted atop of it, making it strong and stable on the roads as a matter of priority.
With a much quicker engine response, as well as the promise of improved fuel efficiency, most interior features are retained from previous models, and this latest update places it among the large van leaders when it comes to tech choice. The Hi-Connect interface is unique to this van range, and includes Apple CarPlay as well as Android Auto. The linked app allows you to sync your van with a smartphone or tablet – providing you with driving advice, helping you to find the best route for those difficult jobs in unfamiliar locations. Maintaining a gross vehicle weight of up to 7.2 tonnes, the Daily is the perfect solution for transporting very heavy loads, as we’ll discuss in more detail later in this review.
The addition of the Amazon Alexa, enhanced seats and a highly advanced all-round air-suspension system reflect the expertise of a manufacturer who understand the long-distance life of a truck driver, however, one of few criticisms, this is a very heavy van, therefore you shouldn’t expect the smoothest ride. Want to learn more about this interesting design? Read ahead! As well as the traditional panel van model, the Iveco Daily is available in multiple chassis cab configurations – including tipper and Luton variants, included within our huge online database of brand new vehicles.
Engines And Specs
First and foremost, it is certainly worth mentioning that the variable-geometry turbo engine provides seamless performance – impressive considering it is the very first to be added to a van of this kind. As mentioned, the Iveco Daily also remains one of the only vans on the market to use variable chassis and body construction, while rivals like the Mercedes Sprinter use unibody construction, so are typically only able to carry much lighter payloads.
The electronic control offers far more speed and precision than the previous pneumatically controlled variable-geometry turbo engines could ever manage, and all engines are available with either a six-speed manual gearbox, or an optional eigh-speed Hi-Matic automatic gearbox at an extra cost. This variation makes all the difference when selecting your van of choice. Intrigued? Take a look at our dedicated review for additional details and specifics in relation to the engine and performance metrics.
The regular Iveco Daily models contain either a 2.3 litre or 3.0 litre four-cylinder diesel engine, with power output ranging from 116hp through to 210hp, meanwhile Iveco also offers an alternative, more sustainable vehicle, the 136hp Daily Natural Power – which runs on natural gas. On the search for an environmentally friendly van? Explore a huge selection of practical tradesperson vehicles from leading van manufacturers throughout The United Kingdom, available via finance lease, or as part of a fleet.
A range of driver assistance systems were added as part of the Daily’s 2019 refresh, and there have been some modifications from the previous models following upgrades. These include a new steering wheel, the addition of a central TFT display to the instrument cluster and a shiny new infotainment system. The computer is cleverly designed and offers up a lot of useful information in an accessible format, though away from interactive tech, storage is where things really step up a notch. There are twin-lidded compartments over the instrument cluster and passenger side of the dashboard, whereas the versatile middle section is handy for storing paperwork.
Surprisingly, the steering wheel is a point of focus, fitted with a square bottom to improve legroom and flattened sides for increased grip. Once you’ve got the hang of it, you’ll probably find that the steering feels more responsive than most larger vans. Just as convenient, the seats have sculpted backs and are quite comfortable, with a nice adjustment range for the driver.
Interior features make the Iveco Daily a fantastic option for those who are often on-the-go, and despite the glovebox being on the smaller size, there is a functional shelf above it, and three tiers of storage areas in the doors as well as underseat storage, the middle seat back can be specced, with a fold out desk space that cantilevers outwards. These storage features, alongside a hefty payload capacity ensure those who regularly carry large objects or materials are well accounted for.
Pros And Cons
- Largest panel van on the market
- Huge payload capacity
- Tech features are impressive
- Not as enjoyable to drive as some rivals
- Steering will take some getting used to
- Clunky to control and very bulky body
Unique in design, due to the separate chassis, the Iveco Daily is very capable of heavy-duty towing, and when compared to close rivals (usually trucks), sticks out as the only traditional ‘van’. Since it still maintains the sizing and driving position of a van, the Daily has the potential to be far more city-friendly than counterparts. The Iveco Daily is certainly an impressive vehicle – especially if your requirements range beyond a 3.5 tonne gross vehicle weight, so accounting for payload capacity and tech features in addition, there are plenty of reasons to opt for this fantastic vehicle in 2023.
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