The features of the Hyundai iLoad have been simplified since the release of the next generation of the model in 2007. The iLoad was previously available in two trim grades - Classic and Comfort - but Hyundai have done away with this, offering a single ‘SE’ trim grade across two body styles. The panel van body provides a slightly above average load space of 4.3m3, secured behind a full-height steel bulkhead. The panel van can handle payloads of up to 1,062kg. The crew van format manages to seat six passengers but still offers 2.5m3 loading space in the rear.
The iLoad is powered by a high-torque 2.5l diesel engine offering 116PS with rear-wheel drive. Besides the full bulkhead, the iLoad boasts twin sliding side doors and the choice between rear barn doors or a vertical tailgate door. You’ll have no trouble fitting two pallets into the load space. The SE trim grade also offers a focus on comfort and ease of use, alongside strength and reliability. Features include air conditioning, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, electric mirror and window adjustment and a Bluetooth-enabled stereo controlled from the steering wheel. Optional extras include ESP and traction control.
Despite being classed as a medium-weight commercial van, the iLoad chassis is based on the Hyundai i800 people carrier, adding a car-like feel to the driving experience. This is most clearly seen in the good manoeuvrability offered - the iLoad’s turning circle is just 5.6m, despite having a wheelbase of 3,200mm. Part of this is thanks to the powered rear-wheel drive, leaving the front wheel free for steering and positioning, and it gives the iLoad an edge over its competitors such as the Ford Transit.
The iLoad is only available with manual six-speed transmission and a 2,500cc CRDi four-cylinder diesel engine that delivers 116PS. However, torque generation is where the iLoad’s engine really shines, with a class-leading 343Nm of pulling power. Users report low noise levels inside the cab and more than adequate suspension, again thanks to the i800 origins of the iLoad. Hyundai claims a fuel-economy figure of 37.2 miles per gallon and 199g per km of CO2.
The wheelbase and body size of the iLoad are the same whether you choose the panel van, featuring three seats, or the crew van configuration. Body length comes in at 5,125mm and width at 1,920mm, with a height of 1,935mm. Both configurations include as standard the full steel bulkhead and twin side sliding doors. There is more flexibility with the rear doors, however. Buyers can choose between twin barn doors, which open to a full 180 degrees, or a vertically opening tailgate. The loading space features interior lighting, and the floor contains load-lashing eyes for added safety and security.
The panel van variation offers a load space of 4.3m3 - enough room for two standard Euro pallets - and a full steel bulkhead for additional safety, and it boasts a payload capability of up to 1,062kg due to its strengthened chassis. The crew van can seat six people and carry a maximum payload of 1,059kg but with a reduced load capacity of 2.5m3. It's important to note the fact that the rear row of seating in the crew van cannot be folded down or removed, as is the case in some competitor vans.
Safety is clearly a priority in the design of the iLoad, which now offers as standard ESP stability enhancement, ABS braking with EBD electronic assistance and airbags for driver and front passengers. Middle-seat passengers in both the front and back row only have a lap seatbelt, but the four other seats have full seatbelt pre-tensioners.
Another consideration worthy of mention is the effort by Hyundai to make the iLoad comfortable, as well as hardy and durable. As standard, buyers will get electric windows, a Bluetooth-enabled radio with six speakers and USB/audio jack connections, along with convenient electric central locking. It is important to note that the Hyundai iLoad, while not exactly a common sight on the streets, does also receive high levels of customer satisfaction from its users.