Benjamin Davies

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Check out the Practical Motorhome review of the compact McLouis Lagan 250 SE

Design

If you look closely at this 
’van you begin to notice certain things that give away the Lagan’s budget status. 
The one-piece, windowless caravan door, for example, is positioned on the UK offside. This is a common money-saving decision for a volume manufacturer that doesn’t want to take on the extra cost of converting its Continental designs to full right-hand drive mode.

Then there are those wheel trims – smart enough, but not full alloys. There’s no awning light and, typically for a Continental ’van, you don’t get rear corner steadies, either.

The lack of a lip over the caravan door was an unfortunate oversight, too. 
It meant we were soaked on 
a couple of mornings when rain water that had collected on the roof came spilling 
in as we opened the door.
It’s not all cost-cutting, though, there are fittings for 
a bike rack at the rear, plastic trimwork adds protection around the wheel arches and rear bumper area, and the graphics are subtle and stylish.

The Lagan has its overall proportions right, too. Its low-profile front end is attractive and its overhang is short.

On the road

The farther north we took the Lagan, the narrower the roads became and the more 
we came to appreciate just how good it was to pilot. It was sure-footed throughout and its overall ride and handling are right up there with the best of any modern day motorhome, with a spirited turn of performance to match.

This SE variant comes with Fiat’s 2.3-litre JTD engine 
and six-speed gearbox – an impressive combination. 
The SE specification also means the MTPLM is upgraded to 3500kg and adds colour-coded bumpers, cab air conditioning and a passenger-side airbag.

Unfortunately, there were some rattles, mainly from the blinds. And by the end of our journey, the cab passenger seat had taken on a bit of a squeak. There was also the most curious rattle emanating from the driver’s door pillar.

Lounging & dining

Considering the compact exterior dimensions, the lounge is a decent size. It certainly coped with a family of four.

The table was just about the right size, too – small enough to walk around, but large enough to cope at mealtimes.

The amount of lounge space was fine. There isn't the room to fully sprawl out in a layout such as this, but the large amount of storage space allows you to carry sun loungers and the like.

Seating comfort is also good and the pleasing yellow and brown upholstery seemed 
a cut above the average.

Kitchen

McLouis include a grill as 
part of the Lagan’s UK specification, but a smaller fridge is fitted as a compromise. It was, at best, 
an adequate size.

The kitchen does boasts a three-ring hob and a stainless-steel sink, 
but there was no room for 
a drainer and there was very little worktop space. So yes, it’s all a bit cramped here.

Sleeping

The rear corner double bed completes the sleeping options in the Lagan. The motorhome benefits from heat-reflecting insulation screens for the cab windows, which were easy to roll up and stash away in the front overcab shelving area in the morning.

Another nice touch was the positioning of the heater controls near the bed, meaning there is no need to get out from underneath the covers until the ’van is toasty warm.

The bed itself was very comfy and there is plenty of headroom for reading in bed.

Washroom

The washroom is not the Lagan’s strongest card. It has 
a fixed washbasin, separate showerhead and swivel-bowl toilet, plus a good amount of storage space with cupboards above and below the basin, and there are shelves for toiletries in the shower. There’s the usual lack of towel hooks, though, and the curtain tends to cling to your body when you’re showering.

Other areas of criticism include the fact that the door to the locker under the sink 
is impeded by the toilet, the plugholes for the sink and the shower tray are too small, and the upper locking point for 
the washroom door never properly engaged – possibly accounting for some of the rattles we heard when driving.

Storage

The Lagan has a payload of nearly 700kg, generous for 
a ’van of its size. It easily swallowed enough gear for 
a full week’s holiday and there was still space to spare.

Overhead lockers in the bedroom area took all our clothing and we kept our coats in the wardrobe, which meant we could use the additional storage space underneath the bed to store other items. We chose to store our kitchen hardware and camping equipment, such as chairs, tables, tents and the like, here. The storage space is accessed by lifting the mattress section and resting it on a slightly precarious stay.

The pockets at the back of the cab seats are a useful storage option, as are the trio of small pouches just inside the caravan door. These proved ideal for a torch or similar small, but useful items.

However, we can’t help thinking one day a manufacturer will make the brave move of doing away with a wardrobe and giving 
us a fully shelved storage compartment instead. All we really want is somewhere to hang our coats. If the wardrobe here were shelved it would give you the option of using it for clothing or stowing kitchen items, or both.

Technical specs

Sleeps2
Travel seats4
MTPLM3500kg
Payload698kg
Length5.72m18′9″
Width2.35m7′9″
Height2.75m9′
Waste water100L
Kitchen Equipment
3-burner gas hob, Separate grill
Washroom
Shower curtain

Verdict

This is a cracking little motorhome, with a comfortable layout for two people and a specification that far exceeded our expectations.

Conclusion

Pros

  • Good storage space; comfortable bed; well priced

Cons

  • Cramped kitchen and washroom; questionable quality of finish (lots of rattles in our test ’van)
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