Coachman calls its new-for-2021 Lusso caravan its “most ambitious new model yet”. It’s also its priciest. You have to do a lot to justify a £41,000 price tag.
Hitting the luxury heights
Judging by early sales, though, Coachman can claim success. Not much has been spared in the production of this initial one model (you can’t help feeling further Lusso caravan variants aren’t far behind), which follows the trend for transverse island bed/full-width washroom layouts.
A twin axle tourer, the rest of the floorplan majors on a lounge with C-shaped seating – all high-backed, sprung interior cushioning, complete with headrest sections – fitting around a sturdy, fixed pedestal leg table with full height adjustment; it’s also multi-directional.
Coachman makes space with an L-shaped kitchen along the mid-‘van offside, to give you extra storage and permanent worktop as well as plenty of elbow room.
There’s even a larger-than-average window here, plus a good spread of storage – drawers, large locker with slide-out wire baskets, single upper-level cupboard, pan store beneath the cooker.
The main fittings here are from Thetford – cooker (dual-fuel hob, separate grill and oven), sink (circular, stainless steel, with flush-fitting loose cover) and extractor fan, while directly across the corridor is a Dometic 177-litre fridge/freezer with doors hinged to open from either side as well as being set off floor level for the easiest of access.
The microwave oven is flush-fitted directly over the hob.
Immediately beyond the kitchen area of the Coachman Lusso caravan, that island double bed extends out from the offside to a maximum of 1.87m x 1.37m. Bedside cabinets either side have ledges at handy heights, plus there’s a quartet of high-level lockers over the padded headboard.
Making the washroom full-width of course means there’s more dressing space in here. Storage includes a double-doored, shelved locker under the countertop basin and over the toilet. There’s also room for a fuller size off-white ladder radiator.
Note also details like the one-piece door, chrome waste outlet and fold-out hook for the shower cubicle, which also gets a water-efficient Ecocamel showerhead. There’s good storage and ventilation for the whole washroom, too – the latter including a mini Heki rooflight as well as an opaque window.
Just as there are plenty of windows and sunroofs to let in the daylight, night-time illumination is extensive, with mood lighting on some three different levels, as well as downlighters and reading lamps (some with USB ports) in all the right places.
Coachman has given the Lusso caravan the most extensive of standard specification lists, but highlights include a remote control E&P levelling system, Alde central heating, 100Watt solar panel, Dometic safe, on-board wi-fi, mobile phone charging unit, Pioneer stereo system with full connectivity (and speakers in the bedroom as well as the lounge), TV stations for the lounge and in the bedroom… it really is an endless list.
All the luxuries really are here, right down to a ceramic bowl for the Thetford toilet.
Arching over all of this is the more premium nature of Coachman’s overall build quality. Add in a distinct air of restrained style and you can see why Lusso is already proving a winner (even in May 2021 dealers were running out of stock and offering pre-ordering for 2022 models which, to be fair, aren’t likely to change much).
At 160kg, payload isn’t wonderful, but you could eke out a further 40kg by opting for the 2,000kg chassis upgrade. And why not? You undoubtedly already have a suitably hefty and stylish vehicle to tow this with!
With a superior caravan of this value, you’ll no doubt want to protect it and keep an eye on it with a proactive tracking device, which is only available as an option. Adding a tracker, alongside the PIR alarm, two axle wheel locks and ATC will also provide some savings on your caravan insurance.
Verdict: Top-of-the-range twin axle that lacks for little
Plus: Superior build, comfort and specification
Minus: Heavy, tracking system only an option
In-a-nutshell: Pure luxury, complete with a cutting edge
There’s more information on the Lusso on the Coachman website. To find out more about insuring this or your current caravan visit our caravan insurance discounts page.
Alternatives: Buccaneer Cruiser, Hymer Nova 590, Swift Elegance Grande 845
Coachman Lusso factfile
|7.90m L, 2.44m W, 2.65m H
|1,960kg (upgradable to 2,000kg)
|from £41,000 on the road
|Safety & security
|AL-Ko ATC, Al-Ko Automatic Adjustment (AAA) premium brake system, Al-Ko Secure wheel locks x 2, E&P Levelling System, Al-Ko AKS 3004 stabiliser, smoke alarm, carbon monoxide detector, Phantom Vanguard remote control PIR alarm with tilt sensors, CRiS, safe.
|Truma Aventa air conditioning (£1,750), Phantom Sentinel Pro Active tracking system (£410), alternative soft furnishings (£250), shelf pack (£50), branded cover (£400), chassis upgrade (£35).