If you want a small truck that can go anywhere and hold its own against jacked up 4WDs, is easy to drive on the highway and doesn’t guzzle fuel, then Iveco’s Daily 4X4 may just tick your boxes.
There is high demand in Australia for equipment that can move both people and freight into hard-to-reach places, which is one reason why our age-old love affair with 4WDs continues. Iveco has now added a 4WD version of the Daily to the list of possible candidates.
Our test unit is a cab chassis that is yet to be fitted with a tray, so we won’t get the opportunity to put the Daily 4X4 through its paces off-road. But, we’ll still climb up and down some steep banks to get an idea of its capabilities.
Upon taking off, we realise that the design and elevated height of the Daily provide exceptional approach and departure angles, which is important for avoiding damage to both bodywork and components. In fact, the cab is so high that we are at eye level with drivers of full-size conventional trucks at the first set of traffic lights. The downside is that a stepladder is required to check the engine oil.
Getting into the cab is quite a climb too – you have to use the solid bottom steel step and the standard step in the door well to get in. An additional grab handle on the B pillar would be appreciated to complement the one mounted on the A-pillars.
Once in the driver’s seat, the layout is similar to regular Dailys – other than the outlook being almost truck-like.