The interior layout, fit and finish
If you’re looking at campers that you can buy direct from the dealer, there’s none plusher than the Marco Polo. Unlike key rivals, it has plenty of soft-touch plastic and switches that feel as though they came out of a car rather than a van.
Helping matters are the standard leather seats, wood or carbon fibre effect trim and even a ‘yacht’ flooring in the back that does a good impression of wood. With standard ambient lighting, it really does feel like you’re glamping. It certainly knocks the Ford Transit Custom Nugget into a cocked hat for quality and beats the classy VW California comfortably.
It’s certainly more pleasant and less van-like than the Nugget and California, although you can’t get all-digital dials as you can in the latter. Still, the Marco Polo’s analogue dials are clear and the colour digital display between them shows all the information you’re likely to need.
You’ll easily find your way around the simple physical controls for all the major functions, while infotainment is taken care of by a 10.3in screen that’s mounted usefully high on the dashboard. You can operate it as a normal touchscreen, using touchpads below it and on the steering wheel, or by voice.
The graphics are sharp but the menus do take a little getting used to and some of the icons are small. Sat-nav comes as standard but, disappointingly, smartphone mirroring is an optional extra. If you love music, there's also the option of a punchy Burmester stereo.