Iveco’s Daily has always enjoyed an enviable reputation as a strong, heavy-duty workhorse, but with a lack of finesse when it comes to styling, cab comfort and ergonomics. The latest generation Daily puts all the wrongs to rights while retaining all of the positive attributes.
Daily now has all-new modern styling, a completely reworked cab interior and a range of common rail diesels any manufacturer would be proud to have in its line-up. The mainstay of the engine choice remains the 2.3-litre and as before it’s available with 96hp (.10 in Iveco-speak), 116 hp (.12) and 136hp (.14) on tap. Peak torque outputs are 240Nm, 270Nm and 320Nm and they drive the rear wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox.
Move up to the 3-litre and there’s the choice of either 146hp (.15) or 176hp (.18) and you get a six-speed ’box. Torque figures are 350Nm and 400Nm respectively. There’s not a bad engine among them and we would recommend the .12 as the most sensible choice for general everyday use for most operators. Brakes are discs all-round and as before ABS is standard across the range. ESP remains an optional extra on some models. Wheelbases go from 3,000mm to 3,950mm, load lengths from 2,600mm to 4,560mm and load heights range from 1,545mm up to 2,100mm.
Load volumes start at 7.3m3 and top out at 17.2m3. Gross vehicle weights start at 3.5 tonnes and peak at 6.5 tonnes with 1,060kg being the lowest gross payload available. The biggest payload is an impressive 3,640kg.The all-new cab has an ergonomic layout and the quality of the plastics used is a vast improvement. It is also much quieter and comfortable to live with than previously. The options list is extensive and includes sat nav, and an integrated Bluetooth facility.
The Daily has come of age and will soon find many new friends. It not only picked up the large panel van award for 2007, it also bagged the coveted Van of the Year accolade.