The iLoad's rugged rear-wheel drive chassis features a 3200mm wheelbase, MacPherson strut front suspension with power-assisted rack and pinion steering and a rugged leaf-spring live rear axle. Four-wheel disc brakes reside inside 6.5J x 16-inch steel wheels with 215/70R16C tyres, and there's a full-size spare.
The cabin provides a clean and functional workspace with dashboard controls that are well laid-out and easy to use, but misses out on a steel bulkhead behind the seats like its Renault Trafic and Ford Transit rivals (and even the iLoad Crew variant) that seals off the cabin from the noisy cargo bay. We reckon this is now a must for modern working vans, as noise reduction - and therefore fatigue reduction - is a top priority.
The cabin is loaded with useful storage solutions.
The wide cabin door openings and sturdy grab handles on the windscreen pillars make for easy entry and exit. The front passenger bench seat can take two adults, but only just, because the protruding centre dashboard contour leaves insufficient legroom in the middle seat and only provides a lap belt with no airbag in sight. The centre seatback can also fold down to serve as a temporary centre console and (sort of) armrest.
The cargo bay floor is lined in vinyl with a total of 10 tie-down points using sturdy D-shaped shackles. Loading access is via the single rear tailgate (or twin-door option) and windowless sliding doors on each side. Our test vehicle was also fitted with an optional steel mesh cargo barrier behind the seats which we would strongly recommend.