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An impressive mid-range low-profile coachbuilt with an L-shaped front lounge and a rear island bed, check out the new-for-2016 Adria Matrix Plus 670 SC
In 2015, the Slovenian marque celebrated 50 years in the leisure vehicle industry – it started out as a caravan manufacturer in 1965. Since then, a consistently strong performance in export markets has helped Adria become the biggest single-branded motorhome maker in Europe.
Key to its success overseas is a sharp focus on the needs of individual markets, and the robustness of construction methods that have to work in very demanding conditions – Adria motorhomes are very popular in Scandinavia, for example, where being able to function well at low temperatures is a must.
Special silver-skinned ‘50’ editions of selected best-selling van conversion and coachbuilt models were the key plank of Adria’s half-century celebrations going into the 2016 model year, but behind the razzmatazz, the brand quietly slipped another couple of low-profile models onto UK forecourts for the new season.
Matrix Plus bridges the gap between the entry-level Axess and top-level Supreme trims in Adria’s line-up of larger low-profiles. Like Axess, the Plus models ride on the Fiat Ducato (the Supreme models, like the Adria Matrix Supreme 687 SBC, are based on the impressive Renault Master).
Price-wise, Matrix Axess ranges between £47,090-£54,090 OTR, while all three Supreme models cost £58,090 OTR. The two Plus models are priced at £56,090 OTR. To take a step up from the Axess ’vans, the Plus models get a window, an inner door bin and central locking in the habitation door, rear parking sensors, a height-adjustable, pivotable, freestanding dinette table on a floor-mounted base, full-framed habitation windows, rather than rubber-lined ones, handy LED lights in rear garage, 'running boards' under the cab doors, LED daytime running lights, a panoramic cab skylight, a 'media wall' (please see below for more details), an extractor fan in the kitchen, plus a sink cover/infill. The top level Supreme range brings desirable items like Alde heating and adjustable beds to the party.
Adria has been an omnipresence in the UK for five decades, staying in the game while currency exchange rates may not have been particularly favourable, as is currently the case as a weak Euro and strong Pound are making European imports more affordable.
Add to that the inclusion of the special 50 Year Anniversary Pack of extras and selected upgrades, which would normally cost £2000, and the Matrix Plus models will make a lot of sense for shoppers who like to buy Continental, but want a level of value for money to really push the prestigious German import brands hard.
Design changes effected during the 2015 upgrade to the sixth-generation Fiat Ducato chassis cab saw the front height of the Matrix reduced by 20mm to make it sleeker on the road and offer improved aerodynamics; at the other end, the rear height was increased by 60mm to give greater headroom in the bedroom.
The habitation area utilises Comprex construction, which combines a wood, polyurethane and polyester bodyshell for durability and resistance to moisture, with insulation provided by Adria’s proprietary Thermo-build technology. This build technique carries a 10-year water ingress warranty, although Adria has a good reputation for build quality and robustness, as testified by regular Gold Award wins in our annual Owner Satisfaction Awards.
Our test ’van was immaculate in white, with subtle silver, black and red side stripes, plus a curving line that followed the track of the roof hump. The front end is attractive – the gentle shape of the overcab moulding complementing the good looks of the new Ducato. A black radiator surround and chrome-effect skirt section under the registration plate add further sophistication. A single-piece moulded panel with horizontal road lights looks sharp, too.
On the road
Handling was assured, but sudden crosswinds and turbulence from overtaking lorries did make the 670 SC fidgety on occasion. And other than routine clatter from the grill pan, road noise was minimal, with very little to distract the driver – just as well, as no stereo had been fitted to our demonstrator unit, although there was a double DIN space for one.
In total, five travel seats are fitted: in addition to the cab, two are found on the forward-facing lounge seat bench, plus a third belted seat on the offside sofa.
Lounging & dining
Our test ’van sported ‘Horizon’ trim – a darker, richer ‘Forest’ wood tone is also available. Seat fabrics were finished in the ‘White Santos’ cream and chocolate scheme – other options are available. The interior vibe is pleasing, with plenty of natural light able to enter via a combination of two side windows, a large over-lounge rooflight and a cab rooflight, plus from the cab.
Overlocker ambient lighting is deployed throughout, plus a selection of LED downlighters, and two touch-sensitive LEDs on the B-pillar behind the driver and passenger.
Kitchen equipment in the Adria Matrix Plus 670 SC comprises three gas burners, under a nearside window and its smart illuminated splashback, a deep but narrow sink with a mixer tap, and a combination oven and grill. Opposite stands a 150-litre fridge with a separate freezer compartment. An extractor fan is built in to the underside of the kitchen’s overhead lockers.
With its walk-around bed frame, a pair of illuminated wardrobes and upmarket feel, the rear bedroom is the USP of this particular model (sister ’van 670 SL offers rear twin single beds). The bed measures 1.95 x 1.46m and has a light but comfortable mattress.
Up front, the lounge bed measures 1.9 x 1.3/1.1m. It is lowered and raised by means of a rocker switch (no key required), and is quiet and brisk in operation. A ladder, which stows in the rear garage, is used for entry and exit. For more adventurous types, it’s possible to spring up into the bed by means of the cab seating. The bed’s load limit is set at 200kg.
Opposite, on the offside, a sink, a vanity unit, a cupboard and a swivelling toilet ensemble form the rest of the washroom specification. A sliding tambour door is on call for privacy.
The washroom area is large enough for dressing; further privacy can be facilitated by closing the sliding door between the kitchen and bedroom.
Underfloor storage features, too, with a floor-mounted compartment next to the kitchen for keeping valuables out of sight. Another floor-mounted space, next to the bed on the nearside, loses a little space to plumbing equipment.
Extras fitted to our test ’van included the Drivers Pack (cab air conditioning, a passenger air bag and cruise control: £1699), and a spare wheel and holder.
Units manufactured in model year 2016 received £2000 of base vehicle and other upgrades for free, as part of the 50 Year Anniversary Pack, including a panoramic cab skylight, fully insulated and heated water tanks, drop-in carpets for the cab and habitation areas, and a TV stand and bracket, plus the necessary connections for power and signal feeds.
|Fresh/waste water||140L / 85L|
|Leisure battery||85 Ah|
|Gas tank size||11kg|
|Number of gas tank compartments||2|
3-burner gas hob, Combined Oven/Grill
Adria knows how to build a quality motorhome and has a deserved reputation for sharp design and bombproof build. The Matrix Plus 670 SC will appeal to touring couples looking for the sophistication and practicality of an island bed, and a well proportioned washroom. Up front, the comfortable lounge and flexibility afforded by three extra berths will appeal to sociable buyers, although careful kitchen management will be required to feed larger parties.
With a payload not far south of 500kg, and plenty of places to hide your touring essentials and extra kit, the 670 SC could also find fans among active-minded motorcaravanners. The only slight downside to this ’van is its pronounced rear overhang, which may give some users cause for concern on ferry crossings, and an overall length which, at 7.48m long, won’t fit on every front drive. And to see other Adria motorhomes for sale, click here.
- Sharp looks inside and out, with a contemporary interior and a pleasing ambience
- It has a sociable and well-illuminated lounge
- There's the comfort and refinement of an island bed, plus three extra berths available on demand
- It offers a good range of storage options and a respectable payload
- The habitation door is on the UK offside, so passengers will be disgorged into the road if parking on the British nearside
- It has a large rear overhang, so you’ll need to take care on ferry ramps
- There are more affordable UK-built ’vans available in this segment, if not buying Continental isn’t a deal-breaker