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The large end washroom in a classy Mercedes-Benz says it all about luxury – read more about the Lunar Landstar EW in the Practical Motorhome review
To those not fully in the know, it can seem that there are just two types of motorhome: coachbuilt (overcab, low-profile and A-class) and van conversion. There’s a third way, though: a hybrid of the two with the space, kit and luxury of the former and much of the convenience of the latter.
Generally bigger and pricier than smaller full-on van conversions, these über-van conversions are usually aimed squarely at the wealthy couples market.
After years of selling coachbuilts, Lunar has ventured into this segment, kicking off with the two-berth RL, whose name hints at the vast rear lounge. The EW tested here is the latest addition to the now four-model range, which includes the higher-spec (though otherwise identical) S version of each.
Once again, the clue is in the name: ‘EW’ stands for ‘end washroom’. It’s quite a rare beast in this corner of the market in having a proper washroom with a separate shower cubicle.
For its base vehicle, Lunar eschewed the popular Ducato in favour of a more upmarket van. Mercedes-Benz has quietly been consolidating its place in the motorhome world for a while. The facelifted Sprinter really looks the part, especially in our test model’s glittering dark metallic blue, which masks the grey plastic side mouldings, bumpers, vents and exterior services more effectively than light colours.
On the road
Given the EW’s 3500kg MTPLM, we’d say the bigger engine is the one to have and, if you habitually cover big mileages when touring, the automatic gearbox looks like a no-brainer. Certainly, it’s a smoother shifter than the rather notchy manual.
Lounging & dining
Nevertheless, all is not as it first appears. Close examination reveals a box that slides forward from beneath the smaller seat base and, with a bit of cushion-flipping, you get a sofa that’s just an inch shorter than the four-seater opposite and space to entertain eight rather than six in the standard arrangement.
The EW’s two-berth credentials are clear from the dining provision. The table is only long enough to serve the nearside settee and the rear portion of the bigger settee, but seating four people for dinner in there is still impressive.
Worktop space is, perhaps inevitably, a little on the short side, but the handy flip-up extension to the left of the cooker is a good size.
There’s a surprising amount of floor space and the surfaces around the washbasin would put some motorhome kitchens to shame. The landscape-shaped eye-level mirror is a good size and, together with the mirrored shelves next to the toilet, adds a further illusion of space to what is already an airy and generously-proportioned room. The shower lacks a roof vent (although the washroom has one), but has its own light and a water-saving Ecocamel showerhead.
|Fresh/waste water||70L / 35L|
|Leisure battery||92 Ah|
|Gas tank size||6kg|
|Number of gas tank compartments||2|
Come the end of our Lunar Landstar EW review, we were very impressed. This is one of the most luxurious motorhomes of its type. With a base vehicle (especially with the bigger engine and automatic gearbox) this appealing and a washroom this generous, this is a ’van to watch. And to see other Lunar motorhomes for sale, click here.
- The end washroom is very impressive with a large cylindrical shower cubicle
- There's a separate oven and grill in the kitchen