HYUNDAI iLoad CRDi Series 2
The Hyundai iLoad and van and iMax people mover copped an update earlier this year, resulting in the Series 2 version of this popular platform. A 7.0-inch touch screen with voice activation is now standard, as is a rear view camera on models with a lift-up tailgate.
Side airbags are also now standard fare for the Hyundai, and cruise control is also now standard on diesel auto versions. It also copped a few bits and pieces to pretty it up a little on the outside.
A 2.4-litre petrol engine mated to a six-speed manual is available, but as a commercial proposition we’re more interested in the diesel variants.
So our iLoad was fitted with a 2.5-litre common rail turbo-diesel donk that makes 125kW (168hp) and 441Nm when sitting in front of the optional 5-speed automatic. Manual versions with the same CRDI engine use a wastegate turbo instead of the auto’s VGT, and create 100kW (134hp) and 343Nm.
The iLoad has a payload of 1098kg as an auto, and 1113kg in manual guise. But it only has a load volume of just 4.42 cubic metres and is only available in the one wheelbase. It’s kind of a onesize fits all approach that means it has less space than some competing SWB models.
Dual sliding doors are standard and barn doors are an option on the rear. However, as is typical of this segment, an Aussie pallet will only fit into the rear of a barn door equipped iLoad as the side door opening is just 970mm. It’s worth noting though that you lose the reverse camera if you go for the swinging rear doors.
The auto will tow a braked load of 1500kg, while the stick shift will tow 2000kg. Our test vehicle was the iLoad CRDi auto, which was fitted with the optional mesh cargo barrier and parking sensors.
The iLoad doesn’t have the option of a bulkhead between the cabin and the load area. The Hyundai’s cockpit is roomy enough, and there’s a centre seat that flips down into a small console with cup holders.
In iLoad guise, there’s more a sense of simple functionality around the instrument cluster and controls. Storage is adequate much in the same
vein as the HiAce – you’ll probably still end up with stuff floating around the cabin anyway. That said, the centre stack and touch-screen give the grey interior a bit of a lift, and everything is wellplaced and easy to reach.
Once behind the tilt-adjustable wheel, it’s easy to see why this van is running a close second behind the inexplicably market leading HiAce.
The driving position in the cloth trimmed seats is commanding and comfortable. And like other vans on the market that share a people mover platform, it feels less commercial than it actually is.
The 2.5-litre diesel is reasonably quiet, but is a very willing performer with little lag once the go-pedal is pushed, and it works very well with the five-speed auto. The decent whack of torque comes on tap at a very usable 2000rpm, which again matches with the auto nicely.
The lack of a bulkhead between the cabin and the load area means that there is quite a bit of road rumble from the rear-wheel drive platform, though a decent load in the back hushes things down quite a bit. Unlike the Toyota, the Hyundai is equally happy on the open road and around town, and it handles twists and turns very well, even when empty.
The iLoad is a comfortable and easy van to spend a working day in. It’s a ripper little van to drive even if it lacks the flair of its Euro rivals.
There are floor mounted tie down points in the cargo area, however. These tie downs and their mounting bolts sit above the surface of the floor, which makes it easy to gouge and tear boxes and parcels when shuffling freight around.
Our test vehicle had a list price of $40,122.72 with options, and comes with a five-year, 160,000km warranty.
Once behind the tilt-adjustable wheel, it’s easy to see why this van is running a close second behind the market leading HiAce.
1. An optional mesh cargo barrier keeps the boxes in the back, but there’s only 4.4 cubic metres of space 2. There are plenty of tie downs in the back of the Hyundai. But those bolts will rip through boxes easy enough during a day’s work 3. The...