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2017 Hyundai iLoad Review

We road test and review the Hyundai iLoad van…

The Hyundai iLoad is becoming a strong competitor against stalwarts like the Toyota HiAce as the choice for commercial vans.

Sales figures month to month show the iLoad holds a steady second place to the HiAce with a market share that is growing healthily.

In fact, I myself notice more and more of them on the roads of Sydney and there’s a good reason for it.

After a week in it, I wouldn’t mind driving a Hyundai iLoad and I don’t even have the need for one.

The one-tonner Hyundai van is a cinch to drive with its big wheel and light steering and generally basic controls and dashboard.

Though I’m no tradie or delivery driver, I’m used to driving vans (my old man loved campers and people movers) and there’s something about simplicity of the drive.

Like an SUV, you get a high seating position but it’s much more forward, giving a bird’s eye view of the road and your immediate surroundings.

2017 Hyundai iLoad ReviewA van may feel large and cumbersome but the iLoad was no problem to manoeuvre and park thanks to the large wing mirrors and rear view camera even though you can’t ‘see through’ the sides of the vehicle.

Powered by a 2.5 litre diesel there is enough grunt with 441Nm of torque  and of course a longer ride with great fuel economy.

Mind you, the road test was done with an empty vehicle.

The rest of the drivetrain consists of a uncomplicated five-speed automatic gearbox in the vehicle I had which is priced at $41,790, or a six-speed manual for $38,790.

While the ride is generally quiet, you will find some road noise emanating from behind the passenger area  through the floor, though it may be different with something in the back.

You fit three people (or 2.5) up front on the middle seat with a back rest that folds down to a cup holder and more storage.

If you need more people and less space there is a crew van option with six seats.

If you do need to carry stuff in the back, there are ten tie down hooks on the floor and a cage to prevent stuff from flying forward.

Cargo capacity is huge as you can image, at 4426 litres in total, which is clear from the external, boxy dimensions.

Accessing the insides is easy with the tailgate and the two sliding doors on both sides.

A great feature is the safety lock mechanism on the doors that don’t allow them to accidentally slide close unless you disengage it via the handle.

The standard model I had comes with a lift back door but for $550 extra you can get a twin swing tailgate.

The cockpit area up front is simple and straightforward, with only the essentials. And really, that’s all you need.

An extra powerful A/C fan, pop out cup holder, extra storage hutch above the glove box and extra door storage pocket at your feet make up the main features.

Gauges are as basic as they come that I can’t even tell you what the fuel economy was.

The most high tech component is the centre display; though small it is a touch screen. Yes a touch screen! Bluetooth connectivity is also an inclusion.

I thought it was kind of cute that the recirculate button on the A/C had an icon of a tiny van instead of the usual car.

As unsophisticated and lacking in luxury as it was, I enjoyed my week in the Hyundai iLoad. I think I’ll become a plumber just so I can buy one.

NUTS and BOLTS 2017 Hyundai iLoad Review

Engine: 2.5L diesel producing 125kW and 441Nm

Transmission: Five-speed automatic or six-speed manual

Warranty: 5 Year/160,000km

Safety: Not yet tested

Origin: South Korea

Price: From $38,790

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About Simon Lai 1423 Articles
Simon is a writer and sometime contributor to the podcast. He also takes care of video production and product reviews. He met Joel through radio school and has worked with him on other ventures, reading news, producing and presenting radio content for regional networks. Simon doesn’t profess to be a car nut but enjoys driving first and foremost and has a penchant for hot hatches. He helps to provide the everyday-man perspective.

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