AT A GLANCE
Travel seats: 4 (inc driver)
Base vehicle: Fiat Ducato Camping-Car Chassis-Cab
Maximum weight: 3,500kg
- Keen price
- Great rear bedroom
- Big garage
Low Profile Drop Down Bed
Fixed Single Bed
Geoff Cox is not the first dealership in the UK to sell Adria’s budget Sun Living range, but its focus in taking on two six-berths in the range has been on bringing down the price to a level families relying on finance can afford.
The M 45 SL we tested could be yours – on the road – for £44,995. That’s nine grand less than you would have to fork out for a similar Adria-branded ’van.
So does the van present a good family choice? At 7.2m in length it’s on the large side, but with the Fiat Ducato’s lowered chassis and a 2.3-litre 130bhp engine as standard, it easily smoothed out windy lanes and pulled away smartly at roundabouts.
The upholstery’s bright and modern colour scheme with a partly wipe-clean leather-effect material is practical and should appeal to teenagers.
There are only two rear travel seats fitted here, but this lounge includes a double side seat, and with the cab seats turned and the fold-away table extended, there’s enough room for six to eat.
This whole area is nicely illuminated with LEDs, and a light also automatically comes on when you drop down the overhead bed, providing a cosy reading space for two up above.
If your children will be using the back bedroom they are in for an absolute delight. Along with a potential TV connection, they each get their own small wardrobe with hanging rail and shelving. These are in addition to the main wardrobe, next to the dinette.
This bed arrangement (with high-level beds) means the M 45 SL also comes with a large, heated garage below, with shelving and access from both sides.
The nearside washroom has a small fixed basin and comes with copious and sensible shelving. The semi-separate shower can be partitioned off from the toilet.
The downside is the cooking area. Putting in that wider side seat means the offside kitchen is really compromised. There’s really no chopping space at all beside the three-burner hob and square sink.
There are two overhead lockers and two drawers, but these would be used up if you were to opt to have an oven or microwave fitted.
This is an abridged version of the full review appearing in the July 2015 issue of Which Motorhome.