Andrew McPhee

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The Practical Motorhome review of the Adria Coral S 690 SP

Design

Coloured bodywork is a readily available option - the Coral offers five colours. It has aluminium side skirts, which are heavier than ABS plastic but more attractive. Some of our Allegro’s sealant work was poor, so this made us worry about its overall build quality.

You get an under-slung waste tank – not ideal for extreme winter use, but at least there's a 12V heater.

The waste outlet, behind the nearside rear wheel, is the most convenient for access to drains, and an extension hose is included. However, the handle looks likely to pick up road dirt because it is just by the wheel.

On the road

The Fiat Ducato ‘special’ chassis was designed for low-profile ’vans like this. Compared with the standard ladder-frame chassis, it’s lighter and lower, with a leaner, longitudinal frame structure. The special rear track, of 1980mm, is wider than the standard 1790mm.

The MTPLM is fixed and cannot be upgraded (or downgraded) and stands at 3500kg. The 160 MultiJet engine will provide versatile performance but drinks fuel a bit more than rivals with the lower-powered 130 version.

You get a third, rear-facing lap-belt seat which is fine for short journeys. Our test Coral had optional (but pricey) air-conditioning, and Aguti seats which offer more comfort than the standard Fiat fitments, but there’s no height adjustment for the passenger.

Lounging & dining

The layout is simple – there’s a half dinette with an extendable table with in-fill sections. There’s lots of daylight through the cab sunroof (optional, but in our view essential) as well as rooflights elsewhere. There are press-studs to fix the carpet in place.
Unlike corner-bed models, you don’t have the remaining corner space for the washroom and there is often a corridor effect by the kitchen which Adria hasn’t been able to avoid. The Coral has an L-shaped kitchen and en-suite washroom. The washroom has a separate shower and toilet (and a third bedroom sink).

Kitchen

You get a large, L-shaped kitchen in the Coral. Sadly, there’s an impractically high oven/grill on top of the large fridge-freezer. The Coral has a small worktop due to the shape of its hob, and it is hard to reach because it’s tucked into the corner. But there is a small bin, under a hatch in the worktop. Electicity sockets are below the worktop, to the left of the hob, so an electric cable would have to cross the hob – not too sensible.

Sleeping

The Coral offers room to sit up straight in bed and has adjustable, split-mattress backrests. The backrests are too cumbersome to adjust while you’re in bed, but are ideal if you want to turn the bedroom into a second lounge space.

Washroom

The Coral’s en-suite shower, separate toilet and corner bedroom sink is convenient, but the toilet is cramped and the shower, although spacious, loses floor space due to the intrusion of the rear wheel arch.

Storage

The external locker is a fair size and good shape. Inside, the Coral has a wardrobe either side of the bed, with a slim hanging rail at the entrance to the bedroom. The amount of locker space is pretty good, as is under-bed storage: deep storage space beneath the bed though bed base is supported by a makeshift-looking piece of dowel rod.

Technical specs

Sleeps3
Travel seats4
MTPLM3500kg
Payload540kg
Length7.36m24′2″
Width2.29m7′6″
Height2.79m9′2″
Waste water85L
External Options
GRP sidewalls
Kitchen Equipment
Dometic Fridge, 3-burner gas hob, Oven
Heating
Truma Electric/Gas Blown air heater, Truma Electric/Gas water heater

Verdict

Makes a realistic proposition on the 3.5-tonne chassis but it’s let down by the size of its washroom and the design of its kitchen.

Conclusion

Pros

  • Smart bedroom
  • Good payload on 3.5-tonne chassis

Cons

  • Poorly executed washroom and kitchen.
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