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Iveco Daily review (2014-on)

Vast but easy to drive with a tough, truck-like build

Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

PROS

  • Long service intervals and warranty
  • Great aftersales support
  • Largest panel van on market
  • Powerful engines, excellent eight-speed auto
  • Alternative fuel choices

CONS

  • Rivals better to drive
  • Small dealer network
  • Lacklustre interior
  • Tough build reduces 3.5t payload
  • Notchy manual gearbox

Summary

The Iveco Daily is not like other large vans. For instead of an all-in-one structure, it uses a separate chassis with a body bolted on top, just as it has done since it was first introduced in 1978. This means that even this third-generation Daily, on sale since 2014, is more closely related to trucks than to any rival van model.

This inclination comes from Iveco’s background as a truck manufacturer. The advantages to this design are strength and toughness – the Daily is available with gross vehicle weight (GVW) ratings up to 7.2 tonnes, far in excess of any other large van can offer.

In fact, in this guise, its closest competitors are light trucks. Yet since the Daily still has the driving position and sizing of a van, it is potentially much more city-centre friendly. Certainly you’ll find it’s easier to spot cyclists from the cab, for example.

Iveco Daily Euro 6 van - blue, rear view, LWB, 4100 body

At the same time, the Daily’s structure also allows for some absolutely enormous body variants – particularly in terms of length. So if you need maximum space and some particularly high payload options it’s well-worth considering. The separate chassis makes it very capable in heavy-duty towing use, too.

To take advantage of the higher GVWs, however, you’ll need to have a suitable driving licence; those with regular car driving licences are restricted to a 3.5-tonne GVW maximum – at which point the Daily’s very strength becomes a weakness.

Which is to say the tough build is so comparatively heavy that the available payload on a 3.5t GVW Daily is likely to be less than on any equivalent rival. This despite the current version being considerably lighter in build than previous generations.

Iveco Daily variants and upgrades

Having launched in its current form in 2014, the Daily was then upgraded in 2016 to meet the newer Euro 6 emissions regulations – this version is known as the Daily Euro 6 or Daily E6.

In late 2017 there was a further update introducing the Daily Blue Power range – an efficiency-focused family of models easily identified by their controversial blue detailing (it’s the wheels that really make people raise their eyebrows…) and racy red seat belts.

Iveco Daily Blue Power - side view with blue wheels

Claimed to be the first vans to meet so-called Real Driving Emissions regulations (which don’t come into force until 2020), these are also known as the Daily RDE models.

And there's more to come: in 2018 we saw the first spy shots of a more thoroughly updated model, which we expect to go on sale in 2019.

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Iveco Daily engines – diesel power and alternative fuels

Regular Daily models have either 2.3-litre or 3.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engines, with power output ranging from 116hp through to 205hp.

However, Iveco also offers alternative fuel vehicles in the form of the 136hp Daily Natural Power, which runs on Compressed Natural Gas, and the Daily Electric, available with a choice of battery configurations depending on whether your priorities are maximum driving range or maximum payload.

All conventional models are rear-wheel drive, though four-wheel drive variants are available.

The HiMatic eight-speed automatic gearbox is an optional extra that’s well worth considering.


Iveco Daily verdict

Keep reading for our full review of the Iveco Daily, but suffice to say this is an impressive vehicle – especially if your priorities stretch beyond 3.5-tonne gross vehicle weight. Pick the automatic, and the driving experience is easy going, too, with light steering and engines that provide plenty of power.

Payload at 3.5-tonnes is a weaker area, however, and the cab interior is outclassed by more modern rivals. As such, there are other large vans that may better suit individual operators. But for heavy duty activities and towing, the Daily is definitely worth a closer look.


IVECO Daily driving experience

3.8 out of 5 3.8

The Iveco Daily’s engines are provided by Fiat Powertrain Technologies (FPT), which specialises in commercial and industrial power units. The latest Daily E6 models come in either 2.3-litre or 3.0-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel configurations with the following output combinations.

Iveco Daily 2.3-litre (F1A) diesel engines:

  • Model designation 120 – 116hp / 320Nm
  • Model designation 140 – 136hp / 350Nm
  • Model designation 160 – 156hp / 350Nm (380Nm with the optional automatic gearbox)

Iveco Daily 3.0-litre (F1C) diesel engines:

  • Model designation 150 – 150hp / 350Nm
  • Model designation 180 – 180hp / 430Nm
  • Model designation 210 – 205hp / 470Nm

All engines are available with either a six-speed manual gearbox or an optional eight-speed Hi-Matic automatic gearbox for extra cost – except the 150 engine, which is manual only, and the 210 engine, which gets the automatic as standard.

Drive is sent to the rear wheels.

Iveco Daily RDE Blue Power range

In 2017, Iveco introduced a new Blue Power range to emphasise the Daily’s environmental credentials.

Iveco Daily Blue Power - front view, driving

On the diesel side this adds a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system to recalibrated 136hp and 156hp versions of the 2.3-litre motor, cleaning up their emissions beyond what’s necessary for basic Euro 6 regulations compliance and creating what’s called officially called the Daily Euro 6 RDE 2020 Ready.

Further enhanced with standard-fit stop-start technology and eco tyres these claim to reduce fuel consumption by up to 7% in real-world driving.

The Daily Blue Power range also encompasses the Daily Natural Power and the Daily Electric, which we’ll deal with in more detail below.

Iveco Daily diesel engine performance and gearbox choice

These are lovely engines. Even the entry-level versions have more than enough muscle to get this big van moving; go beyond this and city-centre driving becomes effortless and motorways a dream.

We say this having sampled a 3.5-tonne 156hp Blue Power loaded to the absolute maximum with test weights; honestly, if we hadn’t known there was over 1,000kg in the back we would have assumed it was empty.

Iveco Daily - front view, driving

We’ve also driven the longest possible body variant – which is truly huge at over seven metres long – with the 180hp 3.0-litre engine. An engine that size is something of an indulgence these days, but its smooth performance almost justifies the expense.

Regardless of engine, where available the Hi-Matic eight-speed automatic transmission should really be your preferred choice; the upgrade cost is minimal, and it makes the Daily easier, quieter and more efficient to drive in the real world.

Iveco Daily Hi-Matic automatic transmission

It will also prevent clumsy drivers from prematurely destroying clutches, thus lowering your operating costs. Plus the six-speed manual is notchy, with short gear ratios that can make the Daily very noisy at higher speeds.

Iveco Daily Natural Power performance

Iveco also sells the Daily with a 3.0-litre CNG engine powered by Compressed Natural Gas, called the Daily Natural Power and now part of the Daily Blue Power range.

Iveco Daily Natural Power CNG van front view

This produces 136hp and 350Nm of torque, so again is hardly lacking in get-up-and-go. Compared to the diesel alternative it’s also quieter and more refined – and still capable of hauling a 7.2-tonne Daily loaded with over 3.0-tonnes in the back.

Again, this is best with the Hi-Matic transmission.

Iveco Daily Electric performance

The final option in the Daily Blue Power range is the Electric model – which as the name suggests is powered by a zero-emission (in motion) electric drive system.

Available with a up to three battery packs, and claimed capable of driving 124 miles between charges, this sounds good on paper – making it seem like a worthy rival to the Renault Master ZE and VW e-Crafter.

Iveco Daily Electric van - chassis cab dropside front view

However, our experience with an earlier version proves Iveco’s electric technology to be painfully slow, while the additional weight of the batteries eats into payload. It’s also very expensive.

So it’s not our favourite Daily variant. But it can be fully recharged in just two hours, which is impressive – subject to the correct charging facilities, of course.

Iveco Daily ride and handling

This is a particularly heavy duty van, and this is reflected in the unladen ride quality – which is bumpy, to say the least. Put a bit of weight in the back and you’ll find this substantial improved.

The steering is light, though, and even in its biggest guises the Daily is surprisingly easy to manoeuvre, which tells you Iveco has got the basics right.

But the truck-like chassis isn’t as sophisticated as the latest rivals, meaning that ultra-modern vans like the VW Crafter and Mercedes Sprinter will likely prove comfier over longer distances.

IVECO Daily cabin & interior

3.5 out of 5 3.5

The cab design of the Iveco Daily barely merits being described as more than plain – although the Blue Power models do get plenty of blue details and (slightly alarming) red seatbelts, this appears to be a minimal effort affair.

There’s not even a huge amount of space to put stuff; although there are a few hidden compartments on the top of the dashboard and underneath the passenger seat it’s certainly not got anything on the functional practicality of the latest VW Crafter or Mercedes Sprinter.

Iveco Daily cab interior, dashboard, storage, seats

Still, the driver’s seat is comfortable and offers a good range of adjustment, as does the steering wheel.

Forward visibility is also  good – though some may feel the dashboard is a little high – while large side mirrors help you keep track of what’s going on around you.

Iveco Daily infotainment and Business Up app

While the secondary controls for features such as the heating and ventilation system - including air-conditioning where fitted (it's not standard) - are clear and easy to use, the buttons for the basic radio are small and fiddly.

Things do improve if you opt for the touchscreen infotainment system upgrade - which is available with sat-nav - but this still isn't as user-friendly are many rival multimedia systems.

Iveco Daily Business Up app on tablet

Iveco isn't shy of innovation in this area, however, as it also offers the Business Up app. This allows you to sync your Daily with a smartphone or tablet application, which can then give you real-time driving advice aimed at improving fuel economy or finding the best driving route.

Iveco Daily Business Up app on tablet mounted in van

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IVECO Daily mpg, costs & value

4 out of 5 4.0

Iveco has worked hard to improve the fuel economy of the Daily, a process that continues with the introduction of each new model variant - the Blue Power range, for example, which is 7% more efficient than regular Euro 6 Daily.

Compared with the previous-generation model, detail improvements include low-rolling resistance tyres, energy efficient alternators, reduction in engine friction and an Eco Switch button in the cab, which actives a more fuel-efficient driving mode.

Official fuel economy remains little better than average, but Iveco's work on the forthcoming Real Driving Emissions regulations (which come into force in 2020) promise that real-world economy should be stronger than this suggests.

Iveco Daily servicing and warranty information

Iveco doesn’t set service intervals like many of the other manufacturers, but the guidelines suggest between every 25,000 or 50,000 miles for the fuel filter and one to two years for the pollen filter.

There is a five-year, 100,000 mile warranty on new Iveco Dailys.

Being a truck oriented manufacturer, Iveco runs numerous packages and offers with their vans at any given time, so it may be worth visiting your local dealer to check what they can do for you.

The other advantange is that customers benefit from much better levels of service, like the 24 hour, 365 day Assistance Non Stop (ANS).

Finding a local dealer may be difficult, however, as they are few and far between.

Iveco Daily alternative fuels cost savings

Both the CNG-fuelled Iveco Daily Natural Power and the Iveco Daily Electric will offer running costs advantages alongside dramatically reduced environmental emissions - making them good candidates for use in ultra-low emission zones.

However, these advantages have to be balanced against the purchase cost, which is generally higher - and especially in the case of the Daily Electric - and the complexities involved in keeping them fuelled.

You can find out more about CNG (compressed natural gas) in our VW Caddy TGI review.

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IVECO Daily reliability, common problems & faults

4 out of 5 4.0

The Daily has a reasonable reputation for reliability historically, with the previous version only really bothered by common faults - ball joints, binding callipers and injectors being the main worries.

As previously mentioned, Ivecos benefit from truck-level aftersales, which means thorough servicing and the dealers are usually well stocked on parts, which tend to be reasonably priced.

The 2.3-litre from Fiat Powertrain Technologies has been in use for about years in the Fiat Ducato, and is fairly well respected for reliability and efficiency.

IVECO Daily safety & security

3.5 out of 5 3.5

There is not much in terms safety equipment as standard, apart from the mandatory driver’s airbag, ABS and electronic stability control (ESC).

An optional Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) is available, however. This emits an acoustic signal when the vehicle departs from the marker lines of a lane without activating the signal indicators.

Other features on the comprehensive options list include an electromagnetic retarder, which provides a braking force of up to 470Nm and reduced brake wear, wider wheel profiles, rear reversing camera and rear air suspension, for ease of loading and unloading.

Which IVECO Daily is best for me?

The Iveco Daily offers an extensive number of body sizes - which you can learn more about on our dedicated Dimensions page - while its truck-style chassis means it's very suitable for a wide-range of conversions.

As such, you're very likely to be able to find a Daily variant to suit you.

Especially given the number of engine options, covering traditional diesel as well as CNG and electric power (though the Daily Electric is rather slow).

However, remember that payload at 3.5-tonne gross vehicle weight isn't especially high.

Whatever Daily you choose, we recommend the Hi-Matic eight-speed automatic transmission option, where available.

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