The first thing you notice about the Iveco ML75E 16K 4×2 tipper is its proud stance. It sits higher than its box body brethren due to the all-round steel suspension and thick construction-grade tyres. It has a slightly shorter body than the boxes too, at 3.69 metres. Together with the light guards which are so necessary on a site vehicle, the overall impression is of a hunched, powerful beast of burden, ideal for the kind of heavy duty cycles these tipper trucks usually operate in. The tipper is a shade over 4.5 tonnes empty, giving a payload of 3 tonnes. The 160hp Tector engine means that you have some 21.3hp per tonne on tap, double the 10hp per tonne usually expected and with power to spare.
The four-cylinder power plant gives surprisingly brisk acceleration and pulls its weight without noticeable strain. This eager unit is often coupled to a Eurotronic gearbox via a 362mm servo-assisted clutch but because of the wide range of applications and duty cycles experienced by these trucks, you will also find versions with Allison full automatics and ZF manual gearboxes. The Eurotronic is a well-established favourite, though. Its automatic changes happen just as you are about to perform the change yourself and soon the driver learns to trust the box to handle the cog shifts without any intervention. For those who just can’t leave things alone, manual shifts are instigated via the usual push and pull lever on the right-hand steering wheel column stalk. The Iveco ML75E 16K 4×2 tipper has the all-round steel parabolic springs you would expect on a truck of this type and this gives a firm but not uncomfortable ride.
Driver comfort is aided by suspension units on the cab mounts to give a much softer ride than would be the case with just the steel springs to rely on. The truck has quite a high ratio 4.56:1 rear axle, causing the engine to rev a little more than its standard-bodied siblings but the cab is well insulated from sound as well as the bumps and the increased engine noise is not intrusive. The braking system is reassuringly top quality, with a vertically split air hydraulic system working on all-round ventilated discs. This is backed up by a two-stage engine brake — the first to work alongside the normal service units and the second setting designed to work alone. Iveco deploys the same steering wheel across their truck range and even in the smaller day cab it does not get in the way. Instead, it provides a good view of the dash instruments and is nicely weighted. The relatively short wheelbase also gives great manoeuvrability, even in tight sites, which is a real advantage.
The high ground clearance means that the Iveco ML75E 16K 4×2 tipper copes well on rough site roads but it is also a confident performer out on the tarmac, delivering an assured handling performance and never feeling too top-heavy, even on adverse cambers. A rear cab window adds to already good visibility and fuel economy figures of around 18mpg should be achievable on a mixed-route duty cycle. The Iveco ML75E 16K 4×2 tipper is a rugged and capable performer and should make a good used purchase in this sector.