THE DAILY WHOPPER

Chris Mullett

Delivery

01/08/2016

THE LARGEST DAILY IN THE IVECO RANGE OFFERS MORE THAN JUST VAN APPEAL

There’s a world of difference in how various manufacturers describe their products, and what may be considered a large van by one maker could well fall into the small category of another rival manufacturer.     

That description is never likely to be a concern for buyers of the IVECO Daily 50-210, as this van, with its twin rear wheels and immense rear overhang is best described as being huge, by anyone’s standards.    

With an overall length of 7628 mm and a height of 2900 mm you only really notice how long it is when trying to slot into a tight parking space. Because of the height, the driver is now in the category that prevents them from entering anything remotely resembling an underground carpark. They will also have to take notice that when reversing into a suitable spot they’ll find the rear overhang from the centreline of the back axle of 2520 mm to be particularly daunting, especially if they want to gain access through the rear barn doors to the now toweringly cavernous interior.     

This is not the right van for dropping off parcels in the inner city. But where it will earn its keep, and its reputation, is for the long-distance intrastate and even interstate transport requirements where volume and performance mean on-time bulk deliveries.    

With 20 cubic metres of cargo area, the floor length of 5125 mm, width of 1740 mm and internal floor to roof height of 2100 mm provides a wide-ranging level of versatility. What makes it more usable than a correspondingly bodied light truck is that the floor height is just 770 mm, meaning that entry and exit is one-step from the road surface and not a climb up a short ladder.

The GVM of the 50-210 is 4495 kg and the GCM of 7995 kg means that, should you need more space, you can add a trailer with an all-up weight of a further 3000 kg.    

Alternately, for those intending to drive who possess a light rigid driver’s licence, there’s an upgrading for the plated weight that will lift the GVM to 5200 kg and the GCM to 8700 kg. This rating is well under the light rigid licence requirements that provide for a GVM of not more than 8000 kg and a towed trailer weighing under 8000 kg.    

The wide opening barn doors at the rear of the van body fold back to allow for forklift access, and it’s possible for a careful forkie to insert a standard pallet through the sliding side load door. If using extension forks there’s room for three pallets in line and still have some extra space.   

 In our testing of the 35-170 (elsewhere in this issue) the 3.0-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine has a power output of 170 hp (125 kW) produced at 2900-3500 rpm, matched by a torque rating of 430 Nm at 1500-2600 rpm.   

As you’ll note by the nomenclature of this Daily Whopper of 50-210, the power and torque figures from the 3.0-litre, four-cylinder diesel can be optioned up for an increase to 150 kW produced at 3100-3500 rpm and with peak torque of 470 Nm rated at 1400-3000 rpm.

 Although there’s a six-speed manual single overdrive gearbox available, Delivery suggests that the excellent ZF eight-speed torque converter automatic that IVECO calls Hi-Matic is the option for which every buyer should aim.   

Throughout our test programme The Whopper ran at a gross weight of 3800 kg, showing a payload of 1100 kg, and the weight barely indicated its presence. Maximum payload for this van combination is 1804 kg optioning up to 2509 kg when classified for the light rigid licence. With eight gears and a double overdrive ratio for 7th and 8th this is a van for long haul and minimal driver fatigue.    

Interior noise levels are low in the cabin, helped on our test vehicle by the inclusion of a full width and full height bulkhead. Even with the driver’s window slightly open there is little evidence of wind noise, showing the aerodynamics of the Daily are well sorted.    

The driver information display covers off satellite navigation, Bluetooth phone and auxiliary connectivity, all communicated through a large touch-sensitive screen in the centre of the dashboard. Trip computer details are operated by a column stalk and this brings up information such as trip distance, average and actual fuel consumption, journey time, external temperature and the service interval indicator. Cruise control is operated through its own column stalk on the left-hand-side of the steering wheel and the driver scored a full heated suspension seat.     

Across the top of the windscreen is a full width parcels shelf and there’s additional storage under the dual passenger seat accessed through the seat bases being hinged and lifted up by a pull-tab. The centre seat backrest also contains a fold-down table and clipboard, making a handy way of keeping delivery notes close to the driver. For those needing their intake of caffeine, there are cup holders on the extreme ends of the dashboard.

The 50-Series vans come with a different front suspension design from that used with the 35-Series and swaps from a double wishbone with transverse leaf spring to an independent design that uses torsion bars. This is rated at 2100 kg, some 200 kg higher than the double wishbone unit.      

When driven across the Delivery Magazine test course of B-grade roads, roads with pot holes, bumps and anything else likely to unsettle a vehicle suspension, the heavier-duty front end appeared to perform better than its light-weight-rated sibling. Steering performance was precise and there were no noticeable thumps or bumps evident in how the suspension performed.    

The preferred home for the Daily Whopper is the freeway, and when running long distances it just lopes along with low engine revs and impressive fuel economy. When running unladen and with the standard 100 litre fuel tank, it’s reasonable to expect over 1000 km between refills and to return a fuel consumption figure running around 8.9 l/100 km, rising to 11.2 l/100 km when hauling a full load at highway speeds.    

There were concerns over build quality when the Daily was first introduced, but with these latest models IVECO appears to have raised its competitiveness and consequently driver appeal. Thanks to an excellent drivetrain, high comfort levels and a strong raft of safety inclusions, the Daily Whopper showed its capabilities in a world of competiveness that sees it offering a lot in its favour when compared with the more traditional Japanese cabover.