An attractive ’van with an intelligent design and a compact layout that works. Good levels of comfort and equipment.
Good sleeping options
A great kitchen
It squeezes a lot into a small space
The offside single seat is uncomfortable
Fixed steps obstruct the corridor
Compact layouts have to compromise somewhere – and because Continental buyers tend to favour dining areas over lounges, more emphasis is placed on mealtimes. As a result, the half-dinette (with its swing-out section under the table) is all-important.
Lounging is not especially comfy because there is no decent method for dismantling or stowing the dining table. However, you do get a fully swivelling bracket for a flatscreen TV plus a funky LED strip light above the nearside window – and the back of the offside single seat doubles as a cupboard door. This saves space but makes the seat shallower because of the cupboard behind it, and so forces you to sit bolt upright.
The kitchen has three burners and a deep, steel sink as well as one 240V plug socket. There is a large section of worktop beside the space-saving combined sink and hob unit, and it boasts a large extractor fan (which makes a difference when cooking in a confined space). It also has the Dometic 8-series fridge in its classy and compact kitchen, which comes with removable freezer compartment and stylish interior blue light.
Food storage is good, but the bottom drawer is slightly obstructed by the steps up to the bed.
The washroom is a basic yet perfectly functional affair. It has a separate shower with good elbow room, one plug hole and a pleated shower curtain. There are three mirrors around the head-height cupboard, and a space-saving tambour door on the cupboard below the sink.
Headroom is the issue here, and Adria has addressed it by lowering the garage roof below to give more room above the bed. You can sit up in the bed, which is a transverse double with a slatted base. Most ’vans in this class have wall boards, but the Adria beats the rest with its padded headrest. It also has four transverse lockers and a cubby hole with a tambour door at the head end. The adjustable TV bracket over the bed means you can comfortably lie back and watch telly. Also, the bracket and steps up to the bed are attached to a very stylish, illuminated pole. In fact, the only criticism here is that the steps obstruct the corridor and are easy to stub your toes on.
The extra single bed is a standard size. It feels well supported by the main dinette table and has flush-fitting cushions.
The maximum payload is competitive and the Coral has four fixing points with two plug holes for drainage.
The garage is a good size but the offside wardrobe is shallow because it is behind the single seat. However, it is at a good height and has a transverse hanging rail that slides out.
|Shipping Length||5.99 m|