The short and long of it
A motorhome with a lengthways rear island bed as well as a drop-down double over the front lounge usually comes in at some 7.5m long. The McLouis Fusion 367 motorhome knocks some half a metre from this and still seems to offer all you want.
There might be compromise internally (more on that later), but there’s certainly not regarding specification. Nor the overall build.
Typical of many motorhomes that come to the UK from its native Italy, McLouis successfully combines state-of-the-art build (that body features GRP-clad walls as well as a roof and underfloor panel, also in GRP).
Features such as alloy wheels and flush-fitting windows suggest a motorhome well beyond its £55,000 price. Note, also, the habitation door is on the UK nearside.
There are no surprises with the base vehicle. Fiat’s Ducato uses the 140bhp engine, with automatic transmission the only automotive optional extra. The all-familiar Ducato cab comes with air conditioning, stereo unit including DAB radio and reversing monitor, plus steering wheel controls.
Overall length apart, the floorplan of the McLouis Fusion 367 motorhome holds few surprises. The main bedroom is at the back, where an island double is flanked by his and hers wardrobes. The one-piece mattress is on a slatted base but, despite a hinged section, you’ll struggle to sit up in bed because of the depth of the lockers on the back wall.
The second double bed is an electrically operated drop-down double over the lounge. A ladder clips on to help with access. The one-piece mattress on a slatted base promises comfort and support in equal measure.
That lounge is typically continental, with its L-shaped seating and pedestal leg table (it has fore and aft adjustment but the height is fixed). The single seat can also be changed to rearward-facing for travel, although it might be better suited to occasional use.
The faux leather here is the only upholstery option. The motorhome’s cab seat covers are removable, however. The light colouring and large, opening sunroof over the cab certainly help make the McLouis Fusion 367 feel spacious.
If there’s any space compromise it’s in the kitchen. The main unit, on the offside, is L-shaped but the combination of triangular three-burner hob and circular stainless steel sink isn’t particularly space-efficient. Nor is there any kind of worktop extension.
Storage is pretty good – single overhead locker, two drawers, floor locker, main cupboard under the sink, with metal baskets – while, across the corridor, there’s a generous 150-litre Thetford fridge/freezer plus a Dometic grill/mini oven.
There’s seemingly no space for a microwave, but the open shelf over the oven is home to a slide-out holder for a flatscreen TV.
Washroom facilities in the McLouis Fusion are divided between a tambour-doored toilet room on the nearside and shower cubicle offside, both handy for the main bedroom. The shower has a riser bar and wooden duckboarding, but there’s only a small drainage point.
The toilet room sees a fixed basin as well as a swivel-bowl loo, plus good locker storage and a window.
The fact that there are no potential pitfalls in terms of price hikes for otherwise essential optional extras, really helps McLouis kick on. You get as standard the Lux Pack, which includes upgraded stereo system including DAB radio and reversing camera, 120Watt solar panel, cab blinds, leisure battery, removable floor carpets etc, and Winter Pack, with insulated waste water tank, frost-resistant waste outlet. They definitely help seal any deal!
Verdict: Comprehensively kitted with a dash of style and plenty of practicality
Plus: No hidden extras, cracking value for money
Minus: No alternative upholsteries, some kitchen limitations
In-a-nutshell: Italian dream
There’s more information on the Fusion motorhome range on the McLouis website. Find out more about insuring this or your current motorhome on our motorhome insurance discounts page.
Alternatives: Adria Compact Supreme SC, Benimar Mileo 294, Roller Team T-Line 740, Bailey Autograph 79-4I, Swift Escape 694, Elddis Encore 250
McLouis Fusion 367 factfile
|Model||McLouis Fusion 367|
|Base vehicle||Fiat Ducato, 2.3-litre, 140bhp, Euro 6.2|
|Dimensions||6.99m L x 2.33m W x 2.95m H|
|Maximum weight||3500kg (upgradable)|
|Safety & security||Electronic immobiliser, remote central locking to all doors, ABS and EBD, EBA (emergency brake assist), twin airbags, smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, Traction+ and hill descent|
|Key options||Automatic transmission (£2,000)|