Andrew McPhee

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Get the verdict on the Torbay Fusion in the Practical Motorhome review

Design

The low, sleek Fusion has tinted windows all-round (apart from the cab) which gives extra privacy but less natural light. It also has sliding doors on both sides. The offside one allows access to the back of the kitchen unit for maintenance but that’s all, and feels like a hangover from the original panel van design.

It is easy enough to lift up the roof, although not quite so effortless to pull it back down again, and the matt black metal support arms are more attractive than most.

You can't stand up at the back of this ’van, and even when sitting on the bench seat the headroom is not great. Rear passengers are liable to scrape their heads on the roof as they rise because the seat is a few centimetres higher than those of most similar ’vans.

The roof has three windows with zips and flyscreens, and the sides are made from grey fabric. Two adjustable spotlights provide lots of artificial light up there.

Cabinetwork in the carpeted living area is solid and attractive, and suits the mix of light wood and silver.

On the road

How motorhomes like this drive is a major consideration for the buyer because they are often used as everyday vehicles in addition to being tourers. This is a Mercedes Vito-based camper and the engine has just a touch less power than its Volkswagen equivalent. It also has a five-speed automatic gearbox instead of the VW's six-speed manual transmission.

Cab specifications are good, and a nice design touch is the ratchet arms on the captain’s chairs.

Lounging & dining

Both seats in the cab swivel to allow lounge seating for five people, and the bench can be slid backwards and forwards to create extra legroom or bring it closer to the table for dining. The deep seats are comfortable thanks to their shaped backs and bases.

The four-person dining table is held up by a swing-out H-shaped bracket – which, disappointingly, has no dedicated storage space.

Kitchen

The two-burner hob, stainless steel sink and glass lids are standard fare but there is no proper fridge here, only a cool box. There are 12V and mains sockets positioned above the worksurface – dodgy when boiling a kettle! Also, the cool box is directly below the worksurface, so getting to the milk can prove a bit tricky.

The Fusion actually has two sections of worktop here – one either side of the hob and sink. It comes well equipped, too, with an 800-Watt microwave (with grill function) under which you will find an insulated gas locker.

Sleeping

The double bed in the roof has plenty of space at its bottom end, and a supportive foam mattress, but is quite a challenge to get in and out of for all but the most agile user.

The assembled bed utilises the back of the bench seat to make up into a nicely even mattress.

Washroom

N/A

Storage

There is a decent amount of space in the Fusion’s boot but things are not so good in the kitchen. For a start, there are no overhead lockers and the drawer below the sink is rendered almost useless by the sink base. A clever two-tiered unit has been built into the left-hand end of the kitchen unit, though.

Technical specs

Sleeps4
Travel seats5
MTPLM2940kg
Payload620kg
Length4.89m16′1″
Width2.05m6′9″
Height1.96m6′5″
Waste water19L
Kitchen Equipment
Waeco Compressor Fridge, 2-burner gas hob, Separate grill, Microwave
Washroom
Porta potti
Heating
Eberspacher space heater

Verdict

A good four-berth buy, let down only by storage space criticisms and one or two design quirks.

Conclusion

Pros

  • Easy drive thanks to automatic gearbox; twin worksurfaces in kitchen.

Cons

  • Limited headroom on bench seat; lack of storage space in kitchen.
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