Iveco Daily Review 2024

Iveco Daily At A Glance


+Small-truck-like carrying capacity, strong diesel engines, large range of chassis cab models.

-Small dealer network, poor refinement, vague handling on models with electric power steering.

One of the true heavy hitters in the large van class, the Iveco Daily is the van that bridges the gap between big vans and small-trucks. It might not match its rivals for refinement or comfort, but the Daily has one of the best line-ups in the large van segment with weights spanning from 3.5 to 7.2 tonnes. 

Like Iveco's trucks, the Daily is built on a ladder-frame chassis, which means it is hugely customisable, with 8000 different factory versions available, spanning everything from standard panel vans and tippers to minibuses and flatbeds. There is also a broad range of chassis cab variants, while the Daily panel van has one of the largest load volumes in its class at 19.6 cubic meters. 

The Daily doesn't just cater for titanic loads; small businesses can opt for the entry-level 3.5-tonne model, with a more modest 7.3 cubic meters of load volume. The Daily is available in three load heights and five lengths; all models are practical and will easily take a standard Euro pallet through either the rear or side doors.

Power comes from two Fiat-sourced diesel engines - 2.3-litre and 3.0-litre - which are shared with the front-wheel drive Ducato. Outputs vary from 106PS to 205PS, with the latter offering a huge 470Nm of torque. Unlike the Ducato, all Daily models are rear-wheel drive only, with power fed through a six-speed manual or an optional eight-speed automatic gearbox. 

On the road the Daily delivers strong performance, but both the 2.3 and 3.0 diesel engines are vocal at motorway speeds. However, while industrious, the turbodiesels deliver good performance and lots of low-gear torque. The Daily is also agile at low speeds, with an impressive 10.5 metre turning circle.

From 2019, the Daily comes fitted with electric power steering that makes the van effortless to guide at low speeds, with a light and smooth operation that makes it easy to steer the van into a tight parking space or load bay. However, while optimised for urban speeds, the electric steering robs the van of meaningful handling at higher speeds. Some drivers will find the vague and lifeless steering to be more than a little unnerving at motorway speeds. 

While the diesel engines excel with excellent torque and performance, they do lag behind the competition on economy, with only single-wheel variants of the 2.3-litre engine returning a claimed 40mpg, while the rest of the range sits in the mid to low-30s. The interior of the Daily also fails to match the intelligent and car-focused designs of other vans in this class, with an abundance of drab and cheap plastics.

The Daily does deliver gargantuan carrying capability and it is here it'll win favour with small businesses, with its maximum gross vehicle weight (up to 7.2 tonnes) well ahead of the 5.5 tonnes you get with the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and Volkswagen Crafter. However, despite its workman-like qualities, the Daily falls short on refinement and comfort, which means it is still second best to the likes of the Ford Transit and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter when it comes to the 3.5 tonne part of the market. 

Ask Honest John

Are vehicles like cherry pickers MoT exempt?

"I'm buying a cherry picker, which is built on an IVECO Daily body? Are these MoT exempt?"
Vehicles like cherry pickers are no longer MoT exempt so will require a valid certificate. The law changed in May 2018 so that all Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs) mounted on a HGV-based chassis with a Gross Vehicle Weight up to 44 tonnes are required to undertake road worthiness inspections at an approved MoT inspection site.
Answered by David Ross

I need a heavy duty pick-up. Does anything exist in the UK?

"I am looking for a pick-up truck that can carry a 1.5 tonne load, in the shape of an American slide-in demountable camper. All of the pick-ups available in the UK seem to be light-duty, the biggest payload available is the Ford Ranger, at about 1.25 tons. Will I have to look at American pick-ups, or is it possible to get a UK pick-up upgraded to carry a bigger load?"
Most pick-ups in the UK will carry around a tonne of payload, while towing weights range from 2.5 - 3.5 tonnes. For heavy duty carrying, your best best will be a van-based flatbed like the Volkswagen Crafter, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter or Iveco Daily. You could get an American pick-up, but the fuel and maintenance costs will be huge.
Answered by Dan Powell

What large, front-wheel drive van would you recommend?

"Large vans all have their issues. What large, front-wheel drive van would you recommend? I already own a Ford Transit so something different please."
Volkswagen has recently launched an all-new version of the Crafter: The new Crafter is available with front-wheel or rear-wheel drive and is a huge improvement over the old version, which was built by Mercedes-Benz. Alternatively there is the impressive Iveco Daily:
Answered by Dan Powell

Why can't we comment on reviews?

"Why cant we add comments to reviews? I don't own an Iveco Daily but drive one regularly and they're the opposite of the review, I think people should know this. The 6 speed auto is dangerous as it's so slow, jerky when manoeuvring in tight spaces and the rear doors fall apart (in our case 18 months and 20,000 miles was sufficient to warrant a rear door to be completely replaced). The seats could be better, fuel economy is dreadful (21mpg according to the on board computer), brakes aren't great, hazard lights come on when braking even though you don't need to be braking particularly hard to get them going. I think that being able to add such info to the reviews would be helpful to anyone considering buying one of these new."
Thanks for the feedback, we'll look into having comments added to the reviews. In the meantime, why don't you submit an Owner's Review of your van: That way everyone will be able to read about your experiences with your Iveco Daily. You can also upload your fuel reports to Real MPG:
Answered by Dan Powell
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