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The Mercury Cars Guide : September 25th 2010
14--- Classifieds 62 300 400 carsguide.com.au Saturday, September 25, 2010 USED Cars Hyundai van steps into the breach with modern comforts ON THE MARQUE Graham Smith Practicality is the focus as GRAHAM SMITH puts a fine-toothed comb through the HYUNDAI iLOAD 2008-2009 BIG IMPACT: The Hyundai iLoad has been a sales winner. HYUNDAI reckoned there was money to be made in vans and why not after seeing the Kia Pregio cut a swathe through the market? It didn't take a genius to work out that a value-for-money van could do to the light commercial market what the Korean carmakers had done to the passenger car business. The Koreans transformed the local car business with their value-for- money proposition and it stood to reason the same could be done in the van market. A quick scan of the monthly sales numbers is enough to show that the Hyundai has, indeed, had a major impact with its iLoad van. model watch While the Kia Pregio had been a great sales success with its value- for-money proposition, diesel engine and features like air, CD player and power windows, it was a rather crude device that won few fans. The Pregio's diesel engine was old technology and the exhaust emission laws of this country eventually caught up with it, and Kia removed it from the market. But in the time it was in the market it shook up the van segment, racing to second overall behind the top-selling Toyota HiAce. Its departure left a gaping hole in the market, one that every van maker looked to fill. No one has actually filled the void left by the Pregio, but the Hyundai iLoad has come the closest. It was always going to be difficult to take over from the Kia van where it left off because the Pregio was a very basic, even crude, vehicle and no one was building anything similar. The only similarity between the Pregio and the iLoad was their country of origin; both came from Korea. In reality they were poles apart. While the Pregio was rough and ready the iLoad was smooth, comfortable, refined and used modern technology. The iLoad was available in two models, the van and the crew van. The van had seating for three in a well laid-out, comfortable and modern, well-equipped cabin, while the crew van had an extra row of seats and could accommodate six. There was a choice of two engines, a 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine putting out 129kW at 6000 revs and 228Nm at 4200 revs, and a 2.5-litre common rail turbo diesel producing 125kW at 3800 revs and 392Nm at 2000 revs. The petrol engine came bolted to a five-speed manual gearbox; there was no auto option, while the diesel could be had with either the five- speed manual or a five-speed auto. In standard form the iLoad came with sliding doors on each side and a lift-up tailgate at the rear, but there was an option of barn doors that allowed it to be loaded using a forklift. The load space is cavernous. The iLoad van would take up to 5.3 cubic metres of cargo weighing up to 1100 kg; the crew van a little less. Both came with plenty of standard features including air conditioning, keyless entry, power windows and mirrors, iPod jack and MP3 integration. The crew van also came standard with a fixed floor-to-ceiling partition with inbuilt rear view window for extra safety. on the lot Pay $21,000-$25,000 for the petrol van, or $22,000-$26,000 for the crew van variant. For the diesel engine add $3000-$5000. in the shop Hyundai's build quality has improved markedly in the years since the brand was first launched in this country, and owners have few complaints about their vehicles. Like the rest of the range the iLoad is well built and gives little trouble. When buying a commercial vehicle look for possible abuse through being driven by hired hands who could care less about the boss's investment. Commercial vehicles also operate regularly in tight spots, like loading docks, yards, and back alleys, in the course of their work. Bodywork can often be scarred when accidentally scraped on walls, bins and obstacles they encounter. Check for servicing records --- owners and drivers sometimes neglect servicing to keep their vehicles on the road and earning an income. in a crunch All models features dual front airbags, ABS anti-lock braking and electronic brakeforce distribution. At launch the diesel models could also option electronic stability control and traction control. ANCAP rated the iLoad at four stars when it was tested. under the pump Hyundai claimed the iLoad would do 10.1-10.6 L/100 km with the petrol engine and when tested by Cars Guide it returned 11.8 L/100 km. Those with the diesel engine, it was claimed, would do 8.5 L/100 km with the manual gearbox and 9.6 L/100 km with the auto. coming up What do you think of your Toyota Landcruiser 200? Send your comments to Graham Smith at Cars Guide or e-mail to email@example.com. Hyundai iLoad 08-09 ALSO CHECK THESE: TOYOTA HILUX 2008-2009 The market leader is more a traditional cab-over style of van compared to more modern European bonneted vans, and the similarly bonneted iLoad. Safety is a concern, lacks the comfort and refinement of its rivals, but comes with Toyota build quality, reliability and resale. Pay $24,000-$37,000. VW TRANSPORTER 2008-2009 Refined, comfortable, efficient, the Transporter is the van of today with good safety, good driveability and efficient diesel engines. Is also available with all-wheel drive. Pay $21,000-$36,000. VW CADDY/CADDY MAXI 2008-2009 Smaller car-based van that delivers car-like driveability and comfort with petrol and diesel engines, manual and auto transmissions, and surprising load capacity. Pay $14,000-$25,000. LOOK FOR Modern looks Voluminous load capacity Easy to drive Good visibility Economical diesel Four-star safety Well equipped THE BOTTOM LINE Refined, comfortable, efficient and well-built workhorse that gets the job done 80/100 281 Main Road, Glenorchy Phone: 6213 3420 Hans Kerkvliet 0411 174 411 Robert Heuke 0438 289 277 2WD $17,990. Drive away. Features -- 1,200 kg payload, alloy tray, airbags, alloy wheels, ABS brakes, air conditioning, electric windows, CD/radio, 3-year/100,000 km warranty... Great. Metallic paint $350 extra. The new Great Wall V240 single cab has arrived! 4WD $20,990. Drive away. Metallic paint $350 extra. F A 3 OPEN FROM 9AM-2PM TODAY
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