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First drive: Iveco Daily 35S21 LWB Hi Roof 205bhp

Review

When it comes to 3.5-tonne GVW vans, there is nothing, but nothing, to beat the vehicle on test here in terms of size and strength.

With more than 17 cubic metres of space in the back, a stonking 3.0-litre twin turbo 205bhp powerplant under the bonnet and a massive ladder frame chassis underneath, the Daily 35S21 is the king of the sector.

The picture says it all – clad in dark metallic blue and boasting about its super heroic capabilities in bold decals, no-one will be in any doubt about what this vehicle is all about.

But who on earth in fleet would buy such a titan – which incidentally weighs in at £34,170 ex-VAT once you’ve added in all the extras that our test vehicle had?

On paper, any firm which carries full loads up and down the motorway and needs to get things delivered PDQ.

However, there is a rather thorny problem. There may be 17cu m of space in the back but payload is just 1,145kg, which means that unless you are carrying a consignment of feathers you are likely to overload this vehicle just by covering the floor with cargo. It renders the loadspace unusable.

To keep fleets on the right side of the law, we recommend the fitment of a weighing system which alerts the driver when the vehicle hits its limit.
The Daily was revamped a year ago and is available in weights which range from 3.5 tonnes GVW to 7.0 tonnes.

It features new, stylish looks at the front and under the bonnet the engines, either 2.3-litres or 3.0-litres, are 10% more fuel-efficient than the old ones.

Despite its massive power output our test van still manages to return a decent 34.8mpg on the combined cycle.

Our test model is the largest and most powerful on offer and came with extras such as a reversing camera (a handy safety extra on such a large vehicle), an air sprung seat, climate control and a coated plywood floor, which all come as part of two option packs at £1,440 and £890 respectively.

 

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.