2020 Hyundai iLoad Review


May 28, 2020

As we approach end-of-financial-year bargains season, we test one of the top-selling vans in Australia.

 

The Hyundai iLoad is Australia’s second-best-selling delivery van. The number-two spot isn’t normally something to boast about, but in this case it’s noteworthy when you consider the strength of the competition from Japan and Europe.

The Hyundai iLoad has had a remarkable run since it went on sale locally in 2008 and, it turns out, played a key role in establishing the credibility and trustworthiness of the emerging South Korean brand.

Although the Hyundai iLoad is overdue for replacement with an all-new model – even taking into account the lengthy life cycles of vans – it is holding its age well thanks to numerous updates along the way.

The Hyundai iLoad has secured the number-two spot on the van sales charts for 10 of the past 11 years. The surprise anomaly: the Hyundai iLoad was the top-selling van in Australia in 2011 after knocking off the perennial favourite, the Toyota HiAce.

For most of the past decade, the Toyota HiAce has topped the van sales charts with a comfortable margin over the Hyundai iLoad, which in turn has managed to stay ahead of the Volkswagen Transporter and, more recently, the new-generation Ford Transit Custom.

With end-of-financial-year bargains around the corner – June is historically the biggest month of the year for commercial vehicle sales – we figured it would be a good idea to get reacquainted with the Hyundai iLoad, especially as the competition is starting to heat up.

The Hyundai iLoad diesel manual has an output of 100kW/343Nm, while the auto version has an output of 125kW/441Nm. Both engines meet Euro V emissions, so there are no AdBlue top-ups to worry about.

Standard equipment includes air-conditioning, remote central locking, cruise control (auto only), height- and reach-adjustable steering, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, AM/FM radio with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto embedded in the 7.0-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth phone connectivity, and one USB charging port and one 12V power socket.

Sliding doors on both sides of the Hyundai iLoad are standard (sliding doors with windows are available as an option for the delivery van, but are standard on the six-seater crew cab).

 

Read the full review here…