Berths: 3 Travel seats: 4 Base vehicle: Fiat Ducato Gross weight: 3,500kg Payload: 490kg
The big news in Adria’s popular Coral range this year – just as it is from some continental rivals – is the arrival of side settee lounges. Half-dinette layouts continue but new are the DL (with twin beds) and DC (island bed) – both are 7.50m long. You’ll also find the DC floorplan in the Matrix low-profile (which has a drop-down bed over the lounge) and the Sonic A-class, but the DL is uniquely offered in the Coral.
However, the Coral 670 DL is available with two different levels of specification – Plus and Supreme (the entry-level Axess comes only with a half-dinette lounge). Here we have the Plus, but for £3,500 more the Supreme gains all-silver bodywork and radiator heating - also known as Alde heating. The Plus comes with a white body and matching cab but a silver or grey metallic Fiat front end is available (as here) for £890.
The alloy wheels shown here can be purchased as an individual option for a further £890, or as part of the £3,060 Luxury Pack. That also adds Fiat’s high-level DAB radio with sat-nav, a spare wheel, rear view camera, roof rack and ladder and awning. It’s worth noting that this pack reduces payload by 55kg.
Another £2,590 (and 24kg) is accounted for by the Pack 2 option, which includes cab air-conditioning, a passenger airbag, cruise control, front foglamps, a leather steering wheel, ESP and Traction+. The 130bhp Euro VI engine is standard.
Inside, it’s not just the more open side settee lounge that’s sure to appeal to UK buyers, but also the flat floor from the cab right through to the bedroom. The benches themselves – in a new tweedy fabric called Jeanin – are comfortably shaped and not too high for shorter legs, while the gloss white table has a top that folds in half for convenience.
Surprisingly, there’s no window behind the offside seat, partly perhaps because the TV drops down from its hidden location above into this space. The blank wall is also mitigated by a window in the habitation door but, more importantly, by daylight from above.
The big overcab sunroof leads into an even larger skylight over the lounge, so even on a grey day the impression of light in here is incredible. Aided and abetted by white top lockers, the Coral certainly has a feel-good factor about it.
The kitchen is in Adria’s so-called V-shape arrangement. There’s a little worktop in front of the three-rings-in-a-line hob and the sink cover adds more preparation space, but the best feature is the Duplex oven/grill mounted not on the floor or up in the sky but at the right level. And you still get three soft-close drawers and, opposite, a 142-litre slimline fridge/freezer.
The rear beds measure 2.05m on the nearside and 1.87m offside but, despite an attractive quilted headboard, overhead cupboards stop you sitting up. There are wardrobes under the foot of each bed and a third wardrobe next to the shower (with seat, twin drains and hanging rail).
There’s much to like here and, for touring, the lounge converts to a forward-facing seat (nearside) and a rear-facing seat (offside). With a very limited view out, the latter looks a very unappealing seat in which to travel.