On the road
that it also has a relatively spacious feel.
Neither of the XF105 has a flat cabin floor. DAF reckons the small step up over the engine is a positive as it keeps the dirt the driver brings in on his boots from spreading across the whole cab.
A new truck for Australia, the XF105 was introduced in Europe in 2006. Inside, the nofuss layout and surfaces suggest a quality truck rather than a luxurious one.
This Super Space Cab has a two-tone interior of light and dark grey. The controls are all easy to reach and some of the most important are located on the steering wheel, which is a big safety plus.
There is even the option of answering phone calls with a button on the steering wheel, which is a great touch.
The instrument cluster is clear and tells you what you need to know, although the digital readout is chunky. Finding the optimum seat position can take a while, given the seemingly endless options of adjustment.
There is an 18-speed Road Ranger manual crash box but thankfully this truck is fitted with a Zf-built 16-speed ASTronic automated manual.
Don’t look for a gear selector on a stalk or on a keypad— the selector is a round switch to the left of the steering wheel, on the dash.
The big DAF, which is lugging 30 tonnes with a single trailer, pulls away nicely. Its 12.9-litre six-cylindermx engine makes a handy 375kw (510hp) and 2500Nm, and toils away without much fuss.
It’s quite serene in the cabin. As is the case with other big European cab-over trucks, the ride is cushy, the steering is light and you feel a bit isolated from the action. It should make for comfortable long stints. When the day is done, you can use the 210cm long and 80cm wide pocket-spring mattress for some rest. There is also a bunk option.
Visibility is excellent and DAF’S options include a side view camera to help the driver see what cars and pedestrians are doing kerbside. Its lane- change detector simulates the thump sound when you run over rippled lane paint— it sure gets your attention.
Adaptive cruise control, which uses radar to maintain a set distance from the vehicle in front, is another option. This can also warn the driver if a vehicle in front brakes quickly and help apply the brakes.
Homerun: The serene cabin should make long
stints comfortable. There is up to
210cm of headroom — and that’s also the length of the mattress