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Iveco Daily 4x4 35S17

Review

Behind the wheel

You’d imagine a stonking great vehicle like this to have the ride and comfort of a Sherman tank but if you thought that you’d be dead wrong.

My test took place at the Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire and on our drive up to the off-road circuit, this Daily handled almost like any other – the engine a quiet thrum and a polite manner on the bends.

Not being an off-road expert, my heart quailed somewhat as Paul, my trainer, plunged the Daily into some of the hairiest bits of track I’ve ever encountered.

But I needn’t have worried – he gave me lots of solid advice on the way and showed me just how unshockable this vehicle is.

There are two levers for changing gear ratios so with a six-speed box, there are a total of 24 gears to choose from.

On one particularly steep slope with two-foot deep ruts, we almost became stuck but Paul simply grinned, shoved it in the lowest gear and floored the throttle.

After a second, the Daily’s sheer brute force won through an up we went.

My turn came and Paul’s strategy proved right on more than one occasion.

With 295lb-ft of torque on offer right down from 1,250rpm, this vehicle is nigh on unstoppable – and great fun to drive too.

After an hour of high jinks, my drive came to an end all too soon.

An afterwards I suddenly realised that during that time, the Daily had exuded not one single squeak or rattle, despite its onerous task.

Verdict

It’s tougher and bigger than a Land Rover and half the price of a Unimog.

Iveco has well and truly carved out its own niche sector with this vehicle.

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.



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  • FJ Geiger - 24/07/2014 06:22

    The Daily 4x4 is the unimorg of iveco

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  • Matt - 16/09/2014 19:23

    Ok - all good, but where can I get one in the 2014 UK market? Would make a perfect conversion vehicle for an overland vehicle.

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    • r wagstaff - 25/06/2015 08:20

      I've got a 2008 4x4 for sale soon

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