Peter BaberSee other motorhome reviews written by Peter Baber
Typically continental, the new Coral looks great; but will the touring experience match up to first impressions? Our test team takes a look.
Parallel sofas have been all the rage in motorhome design this season. At many range launches, the trend seemed to be implanting them into existing layouts.
Adria is no exception. For its 2019 season, it has a new 'DC' moniker in three ranges, denoting this layout, which it calls 'open salon'.
One of them, the Coral 670 DC Plus, has been our long-term loan 'van. So, what does our team think of the new lounge design?
Then, a couple of seasons ago, Adria included one element in the Coral that really set it apart: a huge, opening sunroof stretching over both cab and lounge.
On our Plus model - with iron-grey metallic paint on the cab that costs an extra £890 - the decals are still fairly standard, with a thick band tapering off past the habitation door, and a much smaller line lower down.
It clearly says 'Adria' over the windscreen, but the Coral branding is reserved for the rear panel only.
Our model came with the £3060 Luxury Pack, adding roof bars and a half-height ladder to reach them. On site, you can extend this to the ground with another ladder, stored in the garage.
The long rear overhang means you might need to drive cautiously over ferry ramps, and corner steadies are a £150 option here.
The Coral comes with pre-installation for a bike rack on the rear panel, and the Luxury Pack adds a Thule Omnistor roll-out awning and 16-inch alloy wheels; our model also had the £490 solar panel. The awning light is fitted as standard.
On the road
We found the nearside seat, whose backrest is in place against the side of the kitchen, relatively easy to put together. You just drop down a panel from under the sofa and it becomes a single forward-facing seat.
The offside seat was more difficult, involving insertion of a metal frame (stored in the garage) and positioning conjoined cushions. But this is only a three-berth 'van, so the seat might not be used much, and you can leave the frame at home.
Neither the slight bump in the roof nor the pronounced rear overhang proved much of an issue on the road.
We also liked the engine upgrade that our model has been given, at a cost of £1560: it has the 150bhp version of Fiat's 2.3-litre engine under the bonnet.
That certainly gave us more oomph. Standard, in contrast, is only 130bhp. You can also have the chassis plate upgraded to 3800kg at no extra cost.
However, we were a little disappointed by the amount of rattling we experienced en route, even after we had firmly secured all of the likely culprits, such as the grill pan in the oven.
The reversing camera is included as part of the Luxury Pack, as is the Fiat 6Q9 stereo and sat nav.
The former is to the right of the driver. Some of us felt it should be in the centre, with the sat nav to the right, but that is probably a matter of personal preference.
Other Luxury Pack goodies include a spare wheel; but cab air-conditioning and cruise control are part of a separate pack, known as Pack 2 and costing a further £2590. This also gets you front fog lights, a leather steering wheel, ESP, traction control with Hill Descent, and a passenger airbag.
Even in standard fitting, however, you get captain's seats in Adria's upholstery.
Lounging & dining
A well-positioned heating vent under the cab step keeps you warm, and the sizeable rooflight brings in more light in addition to the windows, which are heavily tinted in the lounge.
Three individually switched and directional spotlights illuminate the lounge at night, although the cab remains a bit dark. There is an individually switched LED on the ceiling and a non-directional spotlight, which comes on with the awning light.
This area is well-connected in terms of electrics: there are numerous mains sockets, including two near the floor at either end of the sofa, one of which also features a pair of USB sockets - handy for phone or tablet charging.
The control panel for all electrics is above the door, next to a useful cubbyhole for key fobs and mobiles.
Up here you will also find a 12V and TV socket. A TV there would be great to view from the sofa, but not quite so great from the travel seat or the passenger cab seat.
A small pedestal table (stored in the wardrobe) sits between the swivelled cab seats. It's probably only big enough for snacks, though.
There is a step between cab and lounge, so it's too high for anyone sitting in the lounge. For the same reason, the foldaway table, stored in the small Luton above the cab, is probably too low for the cab seats.
You do get an extractor fan, plus a large window behind the hob. The window has lighting built into its surround, and there are two large LEDs over the hob and one over the sink, providing plenty of light, day or night.
The three burners on the gas hob are set in a row, but there is still space to the left, where you can place a kettle to be as near as possible to the one mains socket on the underside of the overhead lockers next to the switches.
Three drawers located underneath the sink (one of which includes a cutlery tray) are a reasonable size.
The hob is set back, giving as much room as possible for workspace, with the oddly shaped sink cover doubling up as a chopping board.
There's a spice rack handily placed on the wall here, while the fridge across the aisle, at 142 litres, is huge for the food of three.
If you are the right height to reach it, the locker above the fridge should be good for storing dry food, too.
The bed is also a fairly good length, at 1.95m and - now Adria has moved away from the fad for having a central pillar at the end of the bed, to house a basin on the other side - even taller people will be able to stretch out.
The rear island bed can be raised to make more room in the garage below, but raise it to the top and you might feel the space around it becomes too narrow.
Two elegant lights - with proper lampshades and two brightness options - and a striplight across the headboard make night-time reading a pleasure; while the large rooflight lets in plenty of daylight if you prefer to read during the day. You will also find more USB sockets here, and a mains socket on the left of the bed base.
Our test model was fitted with a Truma Aventa air-con unit in front of the rooflight. That's something you might not need if you only tour in the UK, but it is a £1530 option and it doesn't impede headroom too much.
At the foot of the bed, you will find a handy pocket for magazines to the left of the door as you come in, and useful dressing gown hooks on both sides.
So much for the main bed. But this is a three-berth 'van, and the the third bed is made by lowering the pedestal table and linking it up with the sofas in front - in theory.
In practice, making up the single bed involves unscrewing a support strut from its storage position in the garage, and putting together a fairly complex jigsaw of cushions. This is not something we'd want to be doing late at night, at the end of a long journey in the pouring rain.
We also suspect that whoever sleeps here would possibly only want to do so occasionally. At least the control panel does not emit any annoying light at night, so it won't keep them awake.
The shower cubicle on the nearside is a good size, even with a partial obstruction from the wheel arch, and comes with an adjustable shower head and two drainage holes. There is also a removable rail for drying wet clothes.
Across the way, the main washroom, with a swivelling toilet, is loaded with great accessories. You get a large salad-bowl-style handbasin, with a well-lit mirror, and there are cupboards below the basin and above the toilet, so there is room for pretty much anything cosmetic.
You also get a soap dish, toothbrush holders, and no fewer than three towel hooks - one for each person, just as there should be.
Storage inside, however, is a little less satisfactory. The underside of the island bed is partly taken up with a water tank, but there's still room for a large drawer, which you can also access by lifting up the slats, and a cupboard below that.
The two wardrobes either side of the bed are only just big enough, especially when you consider that this is the only hanging space in the whole 'van. Whoever sleeps in the front section doesn't get any wardrobe at all.
Other storage in the front isn't that plentiful, either. The whole area under the sofas is taken up with equipment. And, because the overhead locker on the offside has the TV housing inside it, even if you don't fit a TV, you only have a very small space in front of it for storing your gear.
That leaves only the two overhead lockers on the nearside, neither of which is particularly big. You do at least have two overhead cubbyholes either side of the cab, and more cubbyholes in the floor for shoes.
So what would the Coral have looked like with just standard fitting?
The shortfall in equipment in this motorhome really comes in the kitchen. There may be an extractor fan, but we would have expected at the very least a separate oven and grill if it is really to appeal to the UK market, if not a microwave as well.
In contrast, the washroom is lavishly well-appointed , and the large island bed is not to be overlooked.
It is also useful to have a garage that remains large, even if you prefer to keep the garage at a low level.
If you are a watersports enthusiast, the roof rack might be a plus point for you; this is something you won't always find on other motorhomes. So it would probably be wise to go for that Luxury Pack, because you get the awning as well. Then, things start to add up.
|Layout||Rear island bed|
|Fresh/waste water||100L / 85L|
|Leisure battery||100 Ah|
|Gas tank size||11kg|
|Number of gas tank compartments||1|
Thetford Fridge, 3-burner gas hob, Combined Oven/Grill, Microwave, Extractor fan
Thetford C-250 toilet, Separate shower cubicle, Bi-fold shower door
The Coral 670 DC Plus looks stunning, particularly inside, and its new parallel-seating lounge layout is ultra comfortable. It should provide a good touring experience for a couple, with perhaps the occasional visitor.
It's true that much of what makes the Coral really comfortable comes in option packs, which take the price of this motorhome above that of some of its rivals - many of which include a few of these add-ons as standard.
However, this is still a classy 'van, and you'll also be purchasing Adria's reliability - in our Owner Satisfaction Awards 2019, the company emerged top manufacturer for both new and pre-owned 'vans - impressive stuff indeed.
- The fantastic rooflight is huge and really lets in the sun
- The spacious washroom is almost overloaded with accessories
- A drop-down TV might be fun - but it uses up valuable locker space when storage in this 'van is at a premium