Adria Matrix 520 ST

Short on Length, Long on Comfort

Struans Price £60,650 / Reduced Price £58,650
Specification
Year: 2020 Designated Seats: x  4
Mileage: 8 Single Bed: x  0
Vehicle Type: Motorhome Double Bed: x  1
Conversion: Coachbuilt Length: 5969
Chassis Make/Model: Fiat Ducato Height: 2860
Colour: White Gross weight MTPLM: 3500
Transmission: 6 - Speed Manual Payload: 656
BHP: 140 Unladen weight:
Fuel: Diesel
Year: 2020
Vehicle Type: Motorhome
Engine Size: 2300cc
Mileage: 8
Single Bed: x  0
Double Bed: x  1
Designated Seats: x  4
Fuel: Diesel
Conversion: Coachbuilt
Chassis Make/Model: Fiat Ducato
Colour: White
Gross Weight MTPLM: 3500
Layout: Open Plan Drop Down Bed
Transmission: 6 - Speed Manual
Length: 5969mm
Max Weight: kg
Length: 5969mm

New for 2020, the 520 ST is the successor to the 590 SG, much remains the same, especially the bodywork construction. That coachbuilt body is in tough GRP that isn’t as susceptible to minor damage as an aluminium skin. It’s backed by a 10-year water ingress warranty, 

Under the skin, Adrias are that bit different – using dowel where other manufacturers are tempted to get away with staples, for example. In short, it’s that bit sturdier than most. 

The flat floor throughout will be seen as another bonus by many. There’s improved interior lighting across the Adria motorhome range for 2020, too. Primarily, though, for sub-6m long vehicles like this, it’s all about clever, space-saving interior design, whilst still offering all the facilities you’d expect in any coachbuilt motorhome.

 

Living

Dare I call the interior Tardis-like? Bearing in mind the overall length (slightly shorter than a typical Fiat Ducato), it’s not a bad description.

It’s a generous lounge, with the cab seats swivelled, an inward-facing seat for two and a forward-facing travel seat with three-point belts – all set around a large, fixed pedestal-leg table with fore and aft adjustment.

Kitchen

The kitchen is exemplary in its use of space, with a three-ring hob and sink configured to give a generous amount of worktop, while storage – drawers and open shelving – is very good. Plus, close to hand there’s a larger-than-average 167-litre fridge/freezer.

The location aft of the habitation door also means other occupants won’t be tripping over the chef while he or she is at work.

Plus, there’s a good choice of storage – including two overhead lockers, as well as a series of drawers and open shelves

Washroom

The washroom is a bit unusual. First, it’s roomier than it has any right to be in a compact coachbuilt. Second, it includes a bench toilet – much easier to clean around than swivel-bowls.

Third, the ladder for the bed stows in here. Not a bad idea – its location means it can act as a rather handy series of racks for drying wet clothing and so on. And there’s a permanent high-level hanging rail in the shower.

There’s another cleverly designed space-saver in here, as well: the fold-down handbasin over the toilet.

Beds

Lots of the credit for this ‘van’s spacious feel goes to the drop-down bed, of course. It offers all the comfort and convenience of a fixed double, while the touch of a simple switch sees it gliding up to the roof to allow daytime use of the lounge.

When it’s time for sleep, you can bring it down low enough so that a clever pull-out step is all you’ll need for access. Alternatively, if you still want to use the lounge, or make a second double from the seating, just bring the main bed partway down and use the supplied ladder.

Whatever your night-time set-up, there’s still access to the cooking and washing facilities, with kitchen and washroom wrapping around the back.

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