EIGHT years into their model life-cyle, the Hyundai iLoad van and iMax people
mover have received a significant safety and equipment upgrade including
standard side thorax airbags and 7.0-inch touchscreens with smartphone-based
voice activation across the range.
In addition to the side airbags and touchscreen, the Series II iLoad gains a
standard reversing camera on liftback variants and standard cruise control on
variants with a diesel engine and automatic transmission combination.
The iMax Series II gains all the above and adds front climate-control
air-conditioning, electric folding exterior mirrors, premium-finished steering
wheel and gear selector knob, redesigned 16-inch alloy wheels and enlarged
The lift in standard gear has not had an impact on price, with Hyundai
maintaining prices for all variants of the iLoad and iMax.
That means a kick off price of $31,990 plus on-road costs for the petrol manual
three-seater liftback iLoad, before topping out at $43,540 for the six-seat
auto diesel twin-swing, while the iMax stays between $39,990 and $46,490.
Both models feature subtle Series II styling updates, including deeper radiator
grilles, redesigned bumpers, new tailgate trims and the radio antenna relocated
to the rear of the vehicle.
Inside, the dashboard’s central stack has been updated to accommodate the
touchscreen and new-look ventilation control panel. Series II variants are also
identified by their blue switchgear illumination and new instrument panel
The iLoad also picks up a second 12-volt power outlet below the centre console
previously exclusive to the iMax, complimenting the upgraded infotainment
system’s multiple connectivity options including Bluetooth with audio
streaming, USB and auxiliary audio inputs providing MP3 and iPod compatibility
plus Siri Eyes Free voice control for Apple devices and Google Now voice
activation for Android users.
Standard carry-over features for the iLoad include dual front airbags,
electronic stability and traction control, anti-lock brakes with electronic
brakeforce distribution, height-adjustable driver’s seat and steering column,
electric front windows, a multi-function steering wheel, air-conditioning,
cloth upholstery and dashboard 12-volt power outlet.
iLoads are available in three-seat or six-seat crew van configurations with
liftback or twin-swing rear door arrangements. Three-seat liftbacks can be had
with petrol-manual, disel-manal or diesel-automatic drivetrains, while
twin-swing and crew van variants are diesel-only.
The eight-seat iMax is liftback-only, with petrol-automatic, diesel-manual or
diesel-automatic drivetrain choices. Apart from the new features added as part
of the Series II update, the people-mover also has standard rear parking
sensors not fitted as standard to the iLoad plus second- and third-row manual
air-conditioning controls and roof-mounted vents.
As before, the 2.4-litre petrol engine develops 127kW of power and 224Nm of
torque, while diesel manuals produce 100kW and 343Nm. Diesel automatics get the
full-fat 125kW and 441Nm outputs due to the addition of a higher-tech
Both iLoad and iMax are covered by Hyundai’s five-year unlimited kilometre
warranty, with recommended service intervals of 15,000km catered for under the
brand’s lifetime servicing pricing scheme, with each visit up to 75,000km
costing $289 for the petrol and $349 for the diesel – apart from the 60,000km
service, which cost $399 and $499 respectively.
Last year both models were popular in their segments, with the iLoad securing
26.9 per cent of the 2.5-3.5 tonne van segment on 4597 sales (after only the
Toyota HiAce, with 7351 sold) while the iMax held 16.9 per cent of the
sub-$60,000 people-mover segment with 1939 registrations, outsold by the Honda
Odyssey (2836 sales) and Kia Carnival (3638).