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Read the Practical Motorhome Westfalia Nugget review to discover how this compact 'van can sleep four in comfort
The exterior is pleasant, clean and unfussy, and is enhanced by Westfalia’s sparing use of graphics. Our test model was resolutely grey, but the Nugget is also available in attractive metallic lime-green or blue-grey finishes (called, respectively, ‘Sublime’ and ‘Tonic’).
On the road
The cab is all hard plastic and uniformly thundercloud-grey but makes up for a lack of visual finesse by being very useful indeed. There are cubbyholes and pockets galore, and the seating position is good, even with the added height of the swivelling seats. There are five belted travel seats – one more than the number of berths.
The Nugget is built on a high-spec Transit, so includes perks such as stereo controls on the steering wheel, and automatic wipers and headlamps.
Lounging & dining
With the seats swivelled and the rear bench pushed forward, the Nugget offers comfortable lounging space for four. Unfortunately, rotating the seats is not as straightforward as it could be because the interior trim on the cab doors protrudes into their path, so the doors need to be open when you swivel them. More problematically, the driver’s seat can only be swivelled with the handbrake disengaged, which is a trade-off for the right-hand drive layout, since right-hook Transits have handbrake levers to the left rather than to the right of the driver.
Another trade-off involves the lounge table. The left-hand-drive version of the Nugget has a single, sliding side door, which allows Westfalia to use the fixed wall that faces it as an attachment point for a dining table. However, the right-hand drive version comes with dual side doors, which means that a different system had to be worked out. The designers elected to use two separate tables which slot into the floor on either side of the ’van.
A shelf, built into the divider panel, separates the kitchen from the lounge, and is recessed so that mugs and jars can be stored there even when you’re on the move. A cutlery drawer is conveniently positioned under the sink, and pots and pans can be stored in eye-level lockers on the rear-end pillars. A locker just above floor level is useful for items such as kitchen towels and cleaning supplies, and above it is a pull-out condiment rack.
There is a removable safety net, and natural light is provided by windows on either side of the bed and a mini rooflight above – all have blinds and insect screens. Cleverly, the lounge lights are on flexible stalks and can double as reading lamps.
There is a hollow beneath the sink that can be used to keep bedding, and a shelved wardrobe in the kitchen area which has two doors to allow access from outside when the tailgate is raised.
Usefully, the Nugget can be driven even with the upper bed extended, so if you’re really short on storage space you can use it as a large shelf.
Waeco Compressor Fridge, 2-burner gas hob
Innovative design, lasting quality – and the promise of no-hassle touring in a vehicle with good on-road manners.
- Admirable fit and finish; clever bed arrangement.
- No toilet privacy; minor gripes with swivelling seats.