Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
Front-seat occupants will find they’ve got plenty of head and leg room, along with plenty of room between them. There are lots of handy storage spaces dotted around the interior, including some big cupholders, open and lidded cubbies on the top of the dash, as well as big door bins.
Those in the back get treated to a fairly wide three-seater bench that’s on runners, and which has a big drawer beneath it that’s great for storing all manner of stuff. If you push the bench rearwards you get tonnes of leg room, although a centre passenger might feel a little squished. But the bench’s tricks don’t stop there. You can fold it flat to turn it into a pretty comfortable double bed, although you might want to throw a mattress topper on it for longer stays.
Like the Volkswagen California, the Ford Transit Nugget has a roof that tilts up to reveal another double bed, and it’s a bit wider and comfier than the one below. Unlike the California, though, you can’t have electric operation for the roof.
While it’s the front of the California’s roof that tilts up, in the Nugget it’s the rear, and this affords the kitchen (at the rear) plenty of head room when cooking, as well as making it easy to walk through to the table that folds out between the front and rear seats. The kitchen itself is in an L shape, with a hob, sink and fridge and plenty of cupboards and drawers. Despite its compact size, cooking a meal shouldn’t be too much of a chore.
There’s a 42 litre tank for fresh water and another for and waste, and the hob is powered by a 2.8kg gas canister. A diesel-fired heater is also standard to keep you toasty on winter nights without running the engine, and there are plenty of lights for interior illumination where you need it. Overall, the level of standard camping equipment included is equal to high-spec Californias.
What’s more, even with all of that furniture and kit thrown in, there’s still plenty of spare room in which to pack everything you need for a few days away.
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