Iveco Daily Dual Cab

In various configurations all branded as ‘Daily’, Iveco’s long-running workhorse has achieved more than two million sales worldwide since it was first introduced in Europe in the mid-nineties.

In Australia, it is primarily known for its medium and large van derivatives, so when the opportunity came to spend a few days in a high specification cab chassis trayback, we were more than intrigued to take a drive.

The test vehicle wasn’t hard to miss due to the bold graphics and lots of shiny alloy that had been fitted by the dealer. This was a vehicle that demanded attention, and several times during our assessment we were approached by tradies wanting a closer look.

This particular unit was fitted with a Sydney-manufactured TransAlloy alloy tray that measures 3400mm long and 2150mm wide. The drop sides are 400mm high and this combination is capable of a payload of just over 2200 kilograms. An optional 5000 kilogram gross vehicle rating is available but would require the driver to have more than a passenger car licence.

The standard diesel engine is  three litre four cylinder machine fitted with a single turbo charger and direct injection. Power output is 125 kW (170HP) and the maximum torque of 400 Nm is available between 1250 and 3000 rpm. The engine in the test vehicle was the optional 150 Kw (210HP) version that derives some of its extra power by featuring two dual-stage turbochargers. Torque from this engine peaks at 470 Nm and is available over the 1250-3000 rpm range.  For the extra cost of around $2000, the higher output engine is great value and the performance is surprising considering the size of the vehicle. A test load of 900 kilograms seemed to make no difference to the performance other than settling the rear end a little.

Our time in the Daily coincided with the end of an East Coast “big wet” and while the Daily was well behaved even when unladen, our suggestion would be to take the option for the Iveco Electronic Stability Programme, which incorporates traction control, especially if choosing the higher output engine.

The transmission is a six speed all synchromesh and an automated two pedal version is available as an option. The clutch was light and progressive and the dash mounted shifter convenient and positive.

At the front, a polished aftermarket bullbar added to the tough image yet remains compatible with the driver and passenger airbags that are standard equipment. Alloy side steps complete the additional aftermarket exterior bling.
The front seats from ISRI provide a good range of multiple adjustments including pneumatic lumbar supports and adjustable folding arm rests. The steering column has a telescopic adjustment, meaning that driver posture and comfort are well catered for.

The rear seat is capable of accommodating four average people and although the seatback is close to vertical, the position is comfortable enough for shorter journeys. The rear squab lifts to reveal a large storage space. All seats have a practical nonslip vinyl floor covering. The dash trim is a soft feel anti reflective material, which is a refreshing change from the hard grey interior materials so often used in working vehicles.

The front doors have electric windows while sliding windows are fitted in the rear. This is unlikely to be a problem as climate controlled air conditioning comes standard with the Daily dual cab. Also, there are multiple storage options including various door pockets, shelves in the overhead console, shelves and pockets in the dash and the all important fold out cup holders for driver and passenger.

A switch is provided to disable the passenger side airbag in the case that a baby capsule is fitted to the passenger seat, making the Daily family friendly. A two person front passenger seat is another option if there is a need to transport seven people.

Most of the driver’s controls are managed by three stalks mounted to the steering column and we found the cruise control to be especially easy to operate. The dash incorporates a trip computer that has multiple functions but was straightforward to scroll through.

The front suspension consists of adjustable torsion bars and telescopic shock absorbers combined with an anti roll stabiliser bar. At the rear, multi leaf spring, telescopic shocks and another stabiliser bar are standard and electronically controlled air bags are available as an option. There are also a variety of factory options including two wheelbases, single or dual rear wheels and even a four wheel drive version that should appeal especially to the mining and emergency service industries or anyone else who wants to escape the bitumen. Factory warranty coverage is for 36 months or 200,000 kilometres.

The obvious markets for the Daily dual cab include local government, mining and utilities as well as tradespeople who want plenty of room both inside the cab and in the load space as well as good on road performance. For this last group, the Daily is a viable alternative to smaller Japanese ute-based drop siders or the V8 utes from the Big Two.

There is yet another category in which the Daily dual cab is beginning to make a presence: the ever-growing “grey nomad” market. The 3500 kilogram towing capacity (braked of course) makes the Iveco Daily a reasonable alternative for both fifth-wheel and tag-along caravans.

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