Andrew McPhee

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Read the Adria Coral 660SL review from the Practical Motorhome team

Design

The Adria’s grey trim shows off its clean, sleek lines to good effect. There’s an internal water tank, but the waste water tank is neither insulated nor heated (some competitors’ tanks are). Neither is there habitation-door central locking, but you do get wind-down corner steadies.

On the road

The Adria is based on the Fiat Ducato. Its chassis has a maximum permitted mass of 3500kg, whereas many competitors on heavier chassis have a correspondingly larger mass and, therefore, payload – useful if you are carrying a lot of kit. Cab vision is good, with ‘split’ door mirrors that allow you to see the kerbside, but there’s no rear window or reversing camera as standard.
There are two forward-facing, belted rear seats and ample legroom, and an on-road heater beneath the dinette.

Lounging & dining

There’s a front-end half dinette and amidships kitchen and washroom. The Adria’s curvy lines help increase the sense of space as you walk through the ‘van towards the rear. Available headroom stands at around two metres.
The Adria includes a side-facing single seat, which will accommodate an extra diner to the half dinette. Swivel cab seats and an extendable-table arrangement allows all diners to easily reach their place setting. The Adria’s is really clever: simply extend the table and slot in the 40cm-long panel which otherwise stores in a bracket below; there’s also a handy storage tray beneath the table, accessible when the top is extended.
There are clips to keep the seat cushions in place while on the road, but it’s tricky to locate the furthest fixings, particularly when the table is in place.
The lounge offers the space and sockets for a flatscreen TV, and their position above the single dinette seat is particularly practical because the screen can easily be viewed from the dinette bench seat.

Kitchen

The Coral’s kitchen lies at the midway point. It has a handy three drawers, but its appearance is rather functional. However, there is an extractor fan above the worktop, as well as a Heki rooflight above.

Sleeping

As well as the two single beds arranged longitudinally at the rear (the gap can be filled to create a spacious double), there’s an additional single, transverse guest bed via the dinette. A curtain at the end of the bed separates the primary sleeping area. Couples requiring two comfortable, single beds will not be disappointed. You can raise the head end of the mattress to recline comfortably: just pull the frame underneath the mattresses upwards, and the bed head can be locked into a number of different positions to allow bookworms to read in comfort.
Headroom is compromised by the intrusion of cupboards and shelves: the Coral’s shrinks to just 45cm when the bed is flat.
The Coral includes a TV aerial point and mains socket in the bedroom area so you should be able to position a flatscreen television at the foot of one of the beds.
The dinette bed is created by extending a panel below their dinette seats before dropping the table and filling the gap with cushions. We consider this more suitable as a guest bed for occasional use, because it’s quite narrow.

Washroom

The washroom is in the middle of the ’van. The shower has a plastic seat, but the sink is smaller than many rivals’. There’s enough room to move about, and there’s ample headroom for all but the tallest people. Unfortunately, the angled mirror is set a little too high to be of much use to anyone shorter than 5ft 5ins. A halogen light in the shower is a useful addition.

Storage

The Coral offers a large locker under its left-hand single bed, accessible form inside the ‘van. It has three shelves along one side, a light and a hanging rail, making it one of the most practical in its class.
Internally you get a three-quarter length wardrobe with hanging rail. The fresh water tank occupies the area under the dinette bench.

Technical specs

Sleeps3
Travel seats4
MTPLM3500kg
Payload665kg
Length7.23m23′9″
Width2.29m7′6″
Height2.78m9′1″
Waste water85L
External Options
GRP sidewalls, Awning light, Electric step
Kitchen Equipment
Dometic Fridge, 3-burner gas hob, Combined Oven/Grill, Extractor fan
Heating
Truma Electric/Gas Blown air heater, Truma Electric/Gas water heater

Verdict

The Coral is a great ‘van in many ways; it’s well made and stylish, but its interior design can’t touch that of the rivals such as the TEC Freetec 708Ti.

Conclusion

Pros

  • Side-facing dinette seat
  • TV aerial socket in bedroom area
  • Storage space.

Cons

  • High-level oven
  • Lowest payload here
  • Functional-looking kitchen.
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