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Another selling point is the options list for those with restricted mobility, including hoists, grab handles and special wheelchair chassis.
The dark grey bodywork is attractive and unspoilt by the conversion. But the rear windows are standard Ford, so they don’t open.
The ‘swoosh’ decals down both sides are eye-catching, and the colour-matched grille and front bumper are improvements to the old Transit. The strong step-plates built into the front bumper allow you to reach the windscreen to clean it – useful on long journeys.
On the road
The five-speed manual transmission is well matched to the engine and, on the whole, the Innovation 1 copes competently with country roads. However, because it is a high-top vehicle built on a short-wheelbase chassis, it can feel a little top heavy when cornering.
Behind the wheel, the drive is comfortable. The Transit is well equipped with a CD/radio player, air-con, PAS, rain-sensing wipers and handy storage pockets. The leather captain’s chairs, despite having only one armrest each, are soft and welcoming and provide good visibility from their high position. However, the height of these chairs means that you need to stretch awkwardly to reach the handbrake.
Lounging & dining
The lounge works for short-term touring and, with the Fiamma F1 awning extended and the big, nearside, sliding door open, it is a large and pleasant space.
The dining table is stowed neatly behind a clip in the garage, and the leg in the rear nearside cupboard. It’s easy to erect and is sturdy, but only comfortably seats three. It is large enough to accommodate four diners but it’s a stretch from the nearside rear seat however the table is positioned.
It’s relatively high-spec, too. There’s a 50-litre Waeco compressor fridge, three-burner hob and a sink with an adjustable mixer tap. But what really stands out is the amount of worksurface, which is superior to many large coachbuilt ‘vans. It stretches out from the right-hand side of the hob and sink unit, and there’s a big square section above the door to the garage. This is removable, so aids access to the garage, too.
The bed is easy to assemble but the shaped cushions are a little uncomfortable. You can sleep lengthwise on an extra-large double bed if you put the handbrake cover-and-cushion (£112 option) in place.
The door is hinged in the middle and swings out to meet the kitchen, sectioning off the toilet to provide privacy.
The main storage space is the garage – measuring 1.07 x 0.99 x 0.59m (WxHxD) it proved handy on test and easily stashed a bike with a weekend’s live-in kit. And, thanks to the door into the kitchen, it can be accessed from both sides. Overall, the ’van has an impressive payload of 498kg.
Waeco Compressor Fridge, 3-burner gas hob
Thetford C-250 toilet
A well-built and good-value motorhome, ideal for buyers who want a versatile vehicle that’s good for short-term touring.
- Great kitchen; workable lounging and dining space; superb options for those with mobility issues.
- Beds are a bit too uncomfortable for longer trips.