The What Van? Road Test: Iveco Daily Hi-Matic (2019)

Date: Thursday, May 21, 2020   |   Author: Steve Banner


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The Daily is protected by a two-year/unlimited-mileage warranty, which can be extended, and service intervals are set at two years/31,250 miles.

The Daily is sold though Iveco heavy truck dealers, many of whose workshops remain open 24/7.

Deep side rubbing strips helped protect the body against minor damage, and a step is incorporated into the front bumper to allow the driver to reach the windscreen in order to clean it properly.

We averaged just over 36.0mpg on a mixture of routes, lightly laden for the most part, and not far short of the NEDC (New European Driving Cycle) combined figure of 37.5mpg.

CO2 is 197g/km.

The more modern Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Programme (WLTP) figures quote 24.0-31.6mpg and CO2 of 241-333g/km.

Iveco Daily Hi-Matic  35S14A8V Van

Price (ex VAT)    £32,945
Price range (ex VAT)     £30,000-£53,760
Gross payload     1,285kg
Load volume    10.8m3
Load length     3,130mm
Load width (min/max)     1,317/1,740mm
Load bay height     1,900mm
Loading height     706mm
Rear door aperture     1,530x1,800mm
Side door aperture    1,260x1,800mm
Gross vehicle weight    3,500kg
Braked trailer towing weight     3,500kg
Residual value       18.7%*
Cost per mile      68.0p*
Engine size/power    2,287cc, 136hp @ 3,600rpm
Torque     350Nm @ 1,500rpm
Gearbox     8-spd automatic
Fuel economy    37.5mpg (combined)
Fuel tank     70 litres
CO2      197g/km
Warranty     2yrs/unlimited mileage
Service intervals     2yrs/31,250mls
Insurance group     tba
Price as tested      £40,255 

Options fitted

Urban seats        £55
Glazed bulkhead        £65
Load compartment LED lights        £125
Traction plus & hill descent        £150
Tyre pressure monitoring system        £280
Rear step & parking sensors        £330
270° rear doors        £350
Alloy wheels        £390
Brake light, spot., rear-view cam.       £415
Blue Fleet & Me telematics box        £455
DTO 4.0 smart tachograph        £615
Full LED headlights        £760
Hi-Connect with navigation        £760
Auto Climate Control        £1,280
Hi-Drive pack (inc. lane depart. & lane-keep; AEB & city brake; crosswind assist etc.) £1,280

* after 4yrs/20,000mls  source: Kwik Carcost    


Ford Transit
Price (ex VAT) £26,235-£38,600
Load volume     9.5-15.1m3
Gross payload    872-2,169kg
Engines     105hp, 130hp, 170hp, 185hp 2.0 diesel, 130hp 2.0 hybrid diesel

Verdict: In its latest iteration the Transit comes with a redesigned front end, a revised interior, a new 185hp version of its 2.0-litre diesel and a mild hybrid diesel powertrain. The new 10-speed auto gearbox arriving in rear-wheel drive models should prove especially popular with home-delivery fleets. Transit residual values are invariably rock-solid and the dealer network is comprehensive.

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
Price (ex VAT) £26,120-£53,210
Load volume     7.8-17.0m3
Gross payload    804-2,547kg
Engines    114hp, 143hp, 163hp 2.1 diesel, 190hp 3.0 diesel

Verdict: Businesses who view safety and connectivity as priorities should make a bee-line for the Sprinter. Noted for its ability to stand up to hard work, it is available with front-, rear- or four-wheel drive, and an electric model was imminent on this side of the Channel at the time of writing. Check out its automatic boxes – a nine-speeder is available on front-wheel drive variants, and a seven-speeder on its rear-wheel drive stablemates.

Volkswagen Crafter
Price (ex VAT) £25,790-£43,170
Load volume     9.3-17.5m3
Gross payload 735-2,573kg
Engines 102hp, 122hp, 140hp, 177hp 2.0 diesel

Verdict: Operators on the hunt for a well put-together van with the accent on safety are likely to head for a Sprinter. They should take a look at VW’s Crafter, however, before they place an order. It shares many of Sprinter’s virtues, and its front assist with city emergency braking package is a potential life-saver. A battery-powered e-Crafter is on its way to Britain, and remember the Crafter is also marketed by MAN as the TGE.

The Final Verdict



Stress on safety and connectivity is to be applauded.



Lots of storage, but the quality of the materials needs an upgrade. 



Firm suspension means struggles with light loads.



In-cab noise levels are kept under control and nothing squeaks. 

Load area


Easy to access with plenty of storage and a beefy bulkhead. 



Both to a high standard. The Daily is easy to move at parking pace.



A superb combination. The Hi-Matic box can scarcely be bettered.

Standard equipment


You could end up spending a fortune on options to max safety.

Operating costs


Service intervals look sensible; warranty could be longer.

What Van? subjective rating


The Hi-Matic box is one of the best we’ve stumbled across.

Overall Rating = 80/100


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