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2250rpm. Manuals gearboxes lose 25kw and almost a quarter torque, down to 343Nm. Tow ratings are different too, 2000kg for the manual, 1500kg for auto.
The motor delivers plenty of punch through well-chosen ratios, it’s extremely stable, and the handling is good, the roadholding secure, devoid of excessive bodyroll.
Ride quality is perfectly fine even when the van is unladen, via front struts and a leaf-sprung solid rear axle, on 16-inch steel wheels and 215/70 tyres.
There’s excellent forward vision through the deep, steeply-raked windscreen, and the electric mirrors give a good views. Side windows in the cargo area are protected by sturdy bars.
Road noise is moderate, though the amount coming from the cargo area would be reduced by a cargo barrier.
There’s not a lot of in-cabin storage space, with two small gloveboxes, and map pockets in the cab doors, but the middle seatback folds forward to reveal a deepish tray for documents, two cup-holders and space for a cellphone or keys.
Safety kit includes the mandatory ESC, dual front and side airbags, plus four wheel discs, ABS with EBD and traction control and a diff lock.
A seven-inch diameter touch-screen mounted in the centre of the dash incorporates Apple Carplay and Bluetooth, plus HD reverse camera.
In 2016, the iload changed its lighting system, where the headlights are constantly on. It’s not a DRL system, but it does make the vehicle more visible on the road.
Hyundai’s iload auto, at $50,990, ticks all the mid-sized van boxes with good carrying capacity, ease of loading, a decent amount of pulling power and good fuel economy, 8.8l/100km for the automatic.
It’s manoeuvrable, with a turning circle of 11.2 metres, and its driving position and cabin refinement, comfort and low noise levels make for a pleasant workplace for people who spend their day in the driver’s seat.
Of course if passengers are the cargo, then there’s the imax, but that’s another story.
Left: Lots of space inside: not the largest in the class, but for many this isn’t an issue. And for those customers, iload offers a lot. Right: Sliding doors either side make access easy.