Benjamin Davies

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Read the Practical Motorhome review of the McLouis Lagan 202, to get the expert's verdict

Design

Outside, the Lagan’s entrance door is on the UK offside. The overcab is smoothly curved – large enough inside without having a dramatic affect on exterior styling.

Aluminium-clad sandwich panels have been used for the sidewalls, while the floor is made from thicker, more thermally efficient plywood, so it should be able to cope with winter touring. At a whisker under 6m, the Lagan is officially classified as a compact coachbuilt.

Inside, the Lagan has five berths, consisting of transverse rear bunk beds, and overcab double and a dinette single. The bottom bunk base is hinged and has 
a large, exterior-access door so that this area can be used for storage. Take care when loading, because the position of the garage means that the weight will be predominantly on one side, which can dramatically effect a motorhome’s on-road stability.

The cabinetwork is more than up to the job, while the Lagan makes good use of available space – angling the wardrobe and washroom doors was pure inspiration. Why hasn’t anyone thought 
of this before?

On the road

The 130 MultiJet engine in the Ducato-based McLouis is very engaging to drive, offering slick, civilised progress, pin-sharp handling and the best fuel economy.

Lounging & dining

The Lagan features a half-dinette, swivelled cab seats and an inward-facing settee, together with a panoramic rooflight.

Kitchen

The Lagan’s fridge capacity is a measly 60 litres, which seems insufficient for 
a family on tour. This choice of fridge is a pity because the rest of the motorhome’s kitchen layout works well.

Sleeping

Bunk inhabitants each have their own reading light, although only the bottom bunk has its own opening window. At least occupants get their own privacy curtains, while the centrally placed low-level window in the back panel provides the best on-road through-view, via the interior driving mirror.

Disappointingly, the bunk bed ladder is very uncomfortable for bare feet.

Washroom

There’s a moulded vanity bowl with cupboard underneath and a separate mixer tap for the shower, although the curtain was clingy.

Storage

High-level lockers combine with underseat storage and 
a garage space underneath 
the lower bunk bed. The Lagan’s gas locker takes two 6kg canisters.

Technical specs

Sleeps5
Travel seats4
MTPLM3300kg
Payload448kg
Length5.99.5.99.
Width2.35m7′9″
Height3.05m10′
Waste water100L
External Options
Aluminium sidewalls
Kitchen Equipment
Dometic Fridge, 3-burner gas hob, Separate grill
Washroom
Thetford C-200 toilet
Heating
Truma Electric/Gas Blown air heater, Truma Electric/Gas water heater
Security
Immobiliser

Verdict

Short and sweet. Easy on the eye and easy to live in.

Conclusion

Pros

  • Compact external size; efficient use of internal space; economical engine; doesn't look like an entry-level product

Cons

  • Underwhelming kitchen; small fridge
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