The Iveco Daily is one of the most versatile LCVs from the market and besides the typical van and pickup versions, the model is also available in off road guise.
Thanks to its huge ground clearance (30 cm) and the capable 4x4 system, the Iveco Daily was engineered to be able to conquer the most difficult terrains regardless of what weight is carrying at the back.
Thanks to its utilitarian nature, the Iveco Daily 4x4 can be used in construction and infrastructure maintenance work sites or for special missions such as snow ploughs, fire fighting, emergency and civil protection vehicles.
The off road LCV is offered in short wheelbase (3,050 mm) and long wheelbase (3,400 mm) versions, and is also available as a crew cab. There are two gross vehicle weight versions available, namely the 3.5 t with a maximum load of 2,250 kg on the front axle and 2,800 kg on the rear axle; and 5.5 t with a maximum load 2,450 kg on the front axle and 3,700 kg on the rear axle.
Overall, the Iveco Daily 4x4 keeps the same design as its softer siblings. A keen eye however, will spot a few small differences between the off road version and the standard models.
For instance, the company’s name is embossed directly on the grille and not on a metallic plate, as it’s the case of the other models.
The headlights are fitted with daytime running lights and keep the same petal shape which is typical for all Daily versions. There is also a solid bumper designed to go head to head with the most arduous working conditions without baking down. The bumper is also fitted with twin fog lights and a big air intake which looks pretty aggressive.
Viewed from the profile, the vehicle shows a dynamic crease that runs across the sides and generously-sized door windows.
Iveco’s off road also features a 30 cm ground clearance which enhances its utilitarian character. Thanks to its rugged design, the Daily 4x4 offers a departure angle of 51°, approach angle of 31° for the short and 27° for the long wheelbases, and a fording depth of up to 700 mm.
The interior is almost identical with the one of the standard Daily versions featuring a modern looking dashboard. The materials seem solid, but the build quality could’ve been better. Still, the fittings look pretty solid and you won’t have major complains at this chapter.
It’s true that interior is devoid of soft-touch padding, but most of the competition feels the same and the good part is that the modern overall design makes up for the rugged materials.
The cockpit styling of the dashboard cocoons driver and front seat passenger, and you get plenty of travel on the comfortable seats that slide and recline. The mission of the Iveco Daily 4X4 is to venture in the middle of the harshest working conditions and making the all experience feel like a walk in the park, and on that front it gives up plenty of space and fairly comfortable seats which offer proper back support in any road conditions. The standard configuration provides a single seat for the driver and a dual bench seat for the passengers.
Needless to say that storage compartments and cup holders abound, as there’s lots of places to stash things, from a center bin to door pockets and glove boxes. In addition to the numerous compartments and drawers, there are two additional DIN slots for the radio and tachograph plus a third optional slot in the over windscreen storage area.
Though, operation of the controls could bring some challenges as there’s just enough buttons on the center stack for it to feel like too many. While we like that the gear knob is mounted on the dash, we find it a bit intrusive and could act as an obstacle when you’ll try to reach some of the controls fitted on the center console.
Visibility out of the Daily 4x4 is good, aided by the high stance and the generous glass area that surrounds you. Iveco has also equipped the Daily 4x4 with healthy-sized rear view mirrors which will serve you well at any moment.
Engines and performance
At the heart of the Iveco Daily 4x4 sits a 3 litre 16 valve Common Rail EEV diesel engine.
The engine is one of the most efficient units in its class and has obtained EEV (Enhanced Environmentally-friendly Vehicle) approval without having to use SCR technology. The engine is fitted with a double stage twin turbo for improved combustion and an exhaust gas recirculation system with optimization of the EGR. Moreover a DPF (diesel particulate filter) is offered as standard equipment further lowering impact on the environment.
The diesel powerplant offers 170 hp @ 3,200-3,500 rpm and 295lb-ft of torque @ 1,250-3,000rpm. In standard dropside guise the Daily 4x4 can carry 800kg and although it doesn’t sound impressive, it’s a pretty good number for what this vehicle is expected to do.
The engine is able to deal effortless with anything you’ll throw at it and the Daily 4x4 performs faultlessly whether is clambering over rocky terrain or it is ploughing through deep mud.
The engine is mated on a 6 speed transmission (sixth overdrive) which is coupled to the central transfer box with two reduction gears in order to obtain 24 forward gear ratios (12 for mixed routes and 12 for offroad routes, 6x2 + 6x2) and 4 reverse. It’s also worth to be mentioned that the first synchronised reduction gear can be selected (half speed) with the vehicle in motion, whilst the second reduction gear, must be selected when the vehicle is stationary.
Iveco Daily 4x4 Engine Specifications
|3.0 liter||170@3200-3500||295 @ 1250-300|
Ride and handling
The Iveco Daily 4x4 is equipped with permanent all wheel drive with differential lock. The torque distribution is 32% on the front axle and 68% on the rear, and was designed to offer a proper grip on any terrain.
Selection and disconnection of the three differential locks depends on the action of a control unit and you can chose to activate them even with the vehicle in motion, by using specific buttons on the dash.
The Daily 4x4’s suspensions were designed especially for off road conditions with flexible parabolic longitudinal leaf springs that have ample range for maximum performances. The axles are also part of the heavy duty league and you can rely on them with confidence.
The vehicle is also fitted with anti-roll stabiliser bars and telescopic shock absorbers, which soak the bumps without too much drama.
The Iveco Daily 4x4 is an interesting vehicle. It has the rugged character of the Mercedes Unimog, but it has half of its price. It’s true that it can’t keep up with the performances of the Unimog, but it manages to get pretty close.
The cabin is fairly comfortable and is kitted with anything it needs to be at par with competition. The engine is also fairly strong and will deal effortless with any task you’ll throw at it. Needless to say, that the off road abilities are its biggest advantage as the Daily 4x4 can tackle any kind of terrain.