£25,140 – £45,350
Available as Van, Chassis Cab, Chassis Crew Cab, Dropside, Tipper, Luton, Minibus | Engine Options 2.3TD 106/126/146hp, 3.0TD 146/170/205hp, 3.0CNG/P 140hp, Electric | Load Volume (m³) 7.3 – 17.2 | Payload (kg) 1,005 – 4,140
Daily has without doubt really come of age and sports some of the best diesels in the business. Well worth considering if requirements demand a heavy-duty cargo shifter.
Some of the best diesel engines in the business are to be found under the bonnet of the current version of Iveco’s Daily. Revamped at the end of 2011 with Euro 5 and Enhanced Environmentally-friendly Vehicle (EEV) powerplants, it features a restyled, rather stylish, front-end and a variety of well-judged modifications to the cab interior.
The new and somewhat complex engine line-up includes a 205hp Euro 5 twin-turbo 3.0-litre with 470Nm on tap. Equipped with a variable geometry turbo and meeting the EEV standard, a 146hp 3.0-litre is on offer too, and is also marketed in Euro 5 guise with 20Nm less torque. A 146hp 2.3-litre that complies with Euro 5 can be specified along with 106hp and 126hp variants and a 170hp 3.0-litre is listed that can be ordered to either Euro 5 or EEV levels.
If that isn’t enough to digest, Daily is additionally up for grabs as a 140hp EEV 3.0-litre petrol unit that will run on landfill gas. You can even have a Daily that runs on batteries if you happen to have £80,000 or so to spare.
A new six-speed manual gearbox has been introduced to the range, Start & Stop is available — cutting the engine at the lights or in traffic jams to avoid wasteful idling — and the automated manual AGile gearbox (arguably the best of its type) can still be ordered. The latest Bosch ESP 9 electronic stability programme is standard and includes Roll Over Mitigation and Roll Movement Intervention.
Grossing at from 3.2 to 7.0 tonnes, and with load cubes ranging from 7.3m³ to 17.2m³, the Daily van line-up offers plenty of choice. Payload capacities run from 1,005kg to 4,140kg and Daily is additionally produced as a crew van, a bespoke and pretty specialist 4x4, chassis cab and a chassis double cab. An Irisbus-badged minibus is sold too.
Daily makes a particularly good base for conversions and Iveco has re-introduced its one-stop shop DriveAway Options programme. (see News Story). Currently it includes single/crew cab Dropsides and Tippers as well as a selection of Luton conversions.
The amount of performance on tap from the 205hp 3.0-litre we sampled was not what surprised us. What did amaze us was how quiet it is, a characteristic that to be fair it shares with most of the new crop of Euro 5 diesels; the current Ford Transit’s engine is a case in point.
We were equally impressed with the standard of build quality. Years past, a good Daily road test was one during which nothing fell off or broke. We’re pleased to report that those days are long gone.
In line with Fiat Professional products — Iveco is also part of the Fiat empire — Daily can be specified with Blue & Me Bluetooth and MP3 connectivity, along with a fitted, but removable, TomTom sat nav system.
Protected by a praiseworthy 36-month/unlimited mileage warranty, service intervals are set at 12 months or 25,000 miles.