Base vehicle: Fiat Ducato Price from: £59,995 Berths: 3 Travel seats: 5 Length: 7.50m Width: 2.30m Height: 2.85m Gross weight: 3,500kg Payload: 405kg
British buyers of motorhomes seem to want a higher standard specification than their continental cousins. That’s demonstrated by a raft of extra equipment – usually including ovens, carpets and base vehicle upgrades – fitted to many of the models imported here, which often also have options packs included that would cost extra on their home market.
Adria already offers its Coral low-profile motorhomes and Matrix drop-down bed models in Axess, Plus and Supreme trim levels, but new this season is the UK Limited Edition range. This takes the most affordable Axess spec and adds a pack of extras said to be worth £5,220. However, the difference between a standard Axess spec vehicle and the equivalent UK Limited Edition model seen here is only £3,070.
The pack includes cab air-conditioning, cruise control, a passenger airbag, factory-fitted awning, alloy wheels, Fiat’s Highline radio with sat-nav, a reversing camera, bike rack mountings, leather steering wheel and new Seitz windows. It is available with SC (island bed) or SL (single bed) layouts and both Coral (with Sky-roof) and Matrix (drop-down bed) models.
The floorplans are proven and break no new ground, so you’ll not be in the slightest bit surprised to find, up front, swivel cab chairs, a small inward-facing seat on the offside (adjacent to the habitation door) and an L-settee, all arranged around a large central table (finished here in gloss white).
The cab seats have a quilted appearance to go with the suede-style texture of the very well finished upholstery, but to see the winning feature you need to look up. Above, massive double sunroofs should brighten up the interior on even the gloomiest of days.
That’s the USP, but there are more good details here: the integration of the cab into the living area, with lockers running seamlessly into the overcab; the simple but effective pull-out section to the table; and the habitation door with window (compensation for the omission of glazing behind the offside seat).
The central kitchen includes a 142-litre Thetford fridge (complete with automatic energy selection) on the offside and Adria’s so-called V-shaped galley opposite. Here, you’ll find that a three-rings-in-line gas hob frees up a little worktop space, while the oven/grill (another Thetford fitting) is mounted below (but not too low).
There’s a removable draining board, which can act as a cover for the sink, and three soft-close drawers for practical stowage.
Next in line as you wander back through the Coral, is the split washroom. The toilet (offside) has a door that can close off the rear en suite bedroom, while a less private concertina screen separates the ablutions from those sleeping. The loo compartment has a good-sized vanity unit (complete with fiddle rails) behind a sliding mirror, plus an opening window and enough space to comfortably use the toilet.
The shower is well-proportioned, too, and has a seat, roof vent and clothes drying rail, as well as two (diagonally opposite) drains in the tray.
The rear bedroom comes with twin beds mounted high and they are of the his ‘n’ hers style – 1.86m long on the nearside, a whopping 2.08m on the offside. The sleeping quarters also feature a small rooflight, reading lights and tip-up sections for the head end of each bed, which allow you to sit up – just! – without conflict with the overhead lockers. Under the foot of each mattress is a large-but-low wardrobe.
Finally, also under the beds is a garage with 1.11m internal height, storage for the full-sized spare wheel, two large loading doors, fixed position tie-down hooks and two drain holes in the practical flooring.