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Good road man­ners and car­ry­ing abil­ity make Hyundai’s iload a pop­u­lar choice.

New Zealand LCV - - CONTENTS - Words: Mike Stock

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.

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