Good road manners and carrying ability make Hyundai’s iload a popular choice.
Hyundai’s iload, more than just a cliché’d icar, and a great package.
HYUNDAI’S ILOAD VAN IS A FIRM favourite with New Zealand tradespeople, striking a chord with its ease of driving, good external dimensions, and unique cargo capacity.
It’s a mid-sized van in terms of exterior dimensions – 5150mm long, 1920mm wide and 1935mm high – but where many similarly-sized rivals offer six cubic metres of cargo space, the iload has 4.4, which many tradies and contractors find just right.
It isn’t the most cavernous mid-sized van, but with a floor 2.45m long x 1.26mm between the wheelarches, there’s ample room to cart 8x4 sheet, plus 10 tie-down points.
There’s good access to the load area via the top-hinged tailgate and twin sliding side doors, and loading and unloading is easy; dual barn-type doors are optional.
As the country’s third best-selling van, in standard form it’s a three-seater, but can be optioned with a second row of seats, obviously at the expense of cargo.
Also unusual for an Asian-sourced van, rather than a cab-over-engine design, iload uses a European layout with the engine ahead of the driver, and easier cab access; but unlike most mid-sized Euro vans, it’s rear-wheel drive.
The test van ran a $2000 option five-speed auto gearbox, so its 2.5-litre turbodiesel four-cylinder turns out 125kw at 3600rpm and 441Nm between 2000-
Bars over the windows offer added protection.
Below: Lots of plastic, but well laid out dash with everything logical, practical and comfortable, with large flip-down centre console/cupholder. Auto option adds $2k to price, boosts power and torque, but loses towing capability.