If space isn’t your final frontier, then it’s hard to go past the iLoad as a business proposition.
The availability of a torque converter auto widens the appeal of the Hyundai for fleet customers, and what it lacks in flair it makes up for in understated functionality. Image aside, it really is an enjoyable little van to drive.
The Toyota HiAce is a perplexing vehicle. It really does feel ancient in comparison to the others, yet it remains the biggest selling van in this market segment, with the iLoad a close second.
I can only put this down to the Toyota’s image of durability and reliability, as it really is outclassed by virtually all others from behind the wheel.
Trying to pick the better van between the Transit and the Trafic, however, is a tougher ask. It’s like trying to decide the healthiest glazed donut. Both vehicles are virtually neck and neck on drivability and appointments.
The Transit gets brownie points on the standard safety kit front. But from a business perspective, the Renault has a pretty attractive warranty – 200,000km over three years, versus Ford’s 100,000km over the same period. Plus, Renault’s claimed fuel figures are marginally better than the Ford’s: 6.2L/100km versus 7.1L/100km.
Both the Ford and the Renault are seriously hamstrung by the lack of a full automatic transmission. While Europe’s preference for stick shift vehicles remains, it’s not likely that we’ll see an auto in either of these vans anytime soon. Both manual transmissions, however, are excellent to operate.
The iLoad’s long warranty and capped price servicing regime also make it an attractive proposition. Most commercial operators however, will burn up warranty kilometres before they reach the five-year warranty expiration. And it’s a great van to operate.
If you can handle the lack of space in the back, and are after an auto, this is your machine. A long wheelbase iLoad, if it existed, would be a huge boon to Hyundai locally. But if you want more space, I’d recommend reacquainting yourself with a gearstick.
Out of this bunch, both the Transit and the
Trafic are excellent vans to drive with levels of equipment, comfort and safety equivalent to most family cars.