MAR­KET WRAP: VAN

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The month in van sales – aka, mea­sur­ing how much Hi­ace is lead­ing by.

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.

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