The van that leaves you loaded – Hyundai announces prices for iLoad
Car buyers already know that Hyundai products offer high-quality, cost efficiency, long warranties and a great driving experience. Now the company is to bring the same ownership experience to the commercial vehicle sector with the iLoad.
On sale in January 2009, the rear-wheel drive medium panel van offers an incredible specification, as well as one of the best payloads and cargo areas in its class – and all for just £13,595 (excluding VAT and on the road costs).
Unlike many vans, the iLoad has car like driving dynamics and equipment levels which will mean no unpleasant compromises for the driver – despite its low price.
The standard equipment list puts many more expensive rivals to shame, with air conditioning, electric windows and mirrors, central locking, a CD stereo with aux-in connectivity, height adjustable steering column, driver and passenger airbags, height-adjustable driver's seat and seatbelts, twin side loading doors, a full-sized glazed steel bulkhead and masses of cabin storage.
Although the iLoad is packed with equipment, there is still plenty of room for cargo. Its overall payload is 1062kg, while a load length of 2375mm, width of 1620mm and height of 1350mm allow enough space to comfortably accommodate two standard pallets. The overall load volume is 4.3 cubic metres.
It has plenty of power to move those loads too – an advanced 2.5-litre turbodiesel produces 116PS (114bhp) and a massive 343Nm (253lb ft) of torque. This pulling power, around 50Nm more than most rivals', is available from just 1,750rpm, meaning drivers can keep the engine speeds lower and help fuel consumption.
The engine's power is fed through the rear wheels, giving great benefits in traction and manoeuvrability compared to front-wheel drive rivals.
As well as the standard panel van, a six-seat double cab model is offered as a special-order option, while both models can be ordered with ESP if required.
What's more, the iLoad is backed up by Hyundai's famous five-year warranty, which also covers the vehicle against mechanical defects for up to 100,000 miles – taking yet another load off the user's mind.