The interior layout, fit and finish
For several generations of the Iveco Daily, the Italian manufacturer has been pushing its connectivity. Iveco’s position in the heavy truck market, where telematics are commonplace, no doubt plays a part in this. So while the previous generation championed removable devices for drivers, the Daily now gets a new integrated screen as the focal point of its interior.
The new high-resolution 7in touchscreen is well integrated and enables use of a new tracking and monitoring system developed in conjunction with Verizon. Vans can now be monitored remotely and connected directly to an operational help centre in the event of a problem or alert. Remote diagnostics and assistance are also both possible, and can help with preventative maintenance schedules. A rear camera view also uses the display, and there’s voice recognition along with the option of a commercial vehicle version of TomTom navigation. The new interface is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible.
The Daily has long been smart and well-built inside, and the latest version is no different. The plastics are robust rather than luxurious, but make use of different colours and textures to liven up the dash.
There's plenty of handy storage, particularly around the centre console, and in the large open-air compartment on the top of the dash, which incorporates a handy wireless charging facility. This is also the location for the tablet holder, which was to be the key to transforming the Daily van prior to the introduction of the new touchscreen.
Also in the centre is a standard DIN compartment (which is the location for a tachograph on larger vans over 3.5-tonnes), while the modest glovebox and corresponding shelf above it are useful for an array of items. Other storage near to the driver is limited, but there’s a cupholder next to the A-pillar and the option of an overhead storage shelf. The tiered door pockets with three compartments will likely be the most used. The centre seat folds down to provide a table area and also has useful storage.
There’s more interior space than before too, as the parking brake is now an electronic button. The parking brake is automatically applied when the engine is switched off and released when the clutch and accelerator are used. Cross-cab access is improved as a result.
Equipment levels in the Daily depend upon the “pack” you choose, with three categories available – Equipment, Functional and Mission Van.
Business and Business Premium sit in the Equipment class, with-air conditioning, heated mirrors and cruise control standard in both. Both have digital radios of sorts, albeit the Premium’s is better and bundled with the monitoring system. Business Premium gets an air-suspended driving seat (when accustomed to this it really does improve comfort levels), as well as a dual bench passenger seat with a fold down table.
If you specify a Hi-Matic automatic transmission, the pack names change to Business+ and Business Exclusive, with LED headlights being the only noteworthy addition.
Winter and Hi-Drive packs fall into the Functional category, with Winter adding a range of heating options for the seats, windscreens and mirrors, while Hi-Drive covers off safety features like Adaptive Cruise Control, lane departure warning, and automatic headlights and wipers.
If you specify the Hi-Matic transmission, the new Queue Assist function is added to the Hi-Drive pack. This enables you to slow to zero while using Adaptive Cruise Control and then automatically restart and follow the speed of the vehicle in front simply by tapping the accelerator. It’s a great feature that takes the strain out of stop-start traffic.
Finally, the Mission Van models of Delivery and Delivery+ provide rear loadspace features including 270-degree opening doors, LED loadspace lights, reversing sensors and – for the Delivery+ vans – entry handles for improved access as well as the overhead cab storage.
It’s not the easiest vehicle make your choices with, but the packages are well thought out and tailored to what Iveco believes a customer would likely want and need.
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