This is the most significant update of the iLoad to date - the new front-end design brings it more into line with current Hyundai passenger-car models. It still looks at odds with, say, a Santa Fe or even an i30, but it’s an improvement on the existing version, which was looking out of place in showrooms.
The boxy front-end styling carries Hyundai’s ‘cascading’ grille in black plastic with a chrome lining on iLoad models, and of course there is a new front bumper, and new squarer headlights, which are now auto-dusk sensing, but still only have halogen bulbs.
The iMax people-mover van, which is based on the iLoad, gets a full chrome grille and a more attractive front bumper treatment - we imagine some posh plumbers might want to consider trying to source those parts to add a bit more flair to their work vans.
From the back edges of the headlights, nothing else has changed with the iLoad’s appearance. It still has the same shape, the same easy-to-grab handles, the same tail-lights and the same 16-inch steel wheels.
Every iLoad comes with dual sliding side doors, making loading easy no matter whether you’re parked kerbside or in a loading bay, or a driveway - some vans only come with a single kerbside door as standard, with the onus on buyers to option a driver’s side slider at extra cost.
For the iLoad there’s the choice of the standard-fit tailgate, or a pair of “twin swing” barn doors (which adds $550) - but if you option those you have to forego a reversing camera. How a brand like Hyundai can’t work around that in 2018 beggars belief.
As for colours, the iLoad only comes with three choices - 'Creamy White' (no cost) 'Hyper Metallic Grey' and 'Timeless Black' (both $695). Other vans have many more options to choose from: the Renault Trafic, for instance, has the choice of brown, blue, red and green; the Ford Transit Custom, however, takes the cake - there are more than 100 colour options (including silver, purple, pink, aqua and orange) available through the brand’s Special Vehicle operations team.