I’m not entirely sure why, but I’ve always been fascinated by micro motorhomes – living and sleeping quarters tucked away in smaller vehicles like the Transit Connect or the Fiat Doblo. Perhaps it’s the ability to go where ordinary motorhomes can’t, or that you can simply park up virtually anywhere you like and jump into bed.
One of the most recent additions to this category is the SsangYong Turismo Tourist, an award winner at the 2017 Caravan and Motorhome Club Motorhome Design Awards. Based on the standard Turismo MPV, which isn’t on sale in Ireland at the moment, the conversion was undertaken by Wellhouse Leisure, resulting in a camper just over five metres long with a three metre wheelbase.
Powered by a 2.2L Euro 6 diesel engine producing 176hp, the Tourist comes with a 6 (manual) or 7-speed (automatic) transmission and the option of 4-wheel drive if you plan on taking the scenic route.
Despite its relatively small footprint, everything you need is inside. For a starting price of £29,995 (€34,500) you’ll get a colour-matched elevating roof, front swivel seats that fold to create twin beds (mind your head on the driver’s side), a sliding glass hob that you can use indoors and outside, a small sink, gas bottle, a 12v charging system, 25L compressor fridge, fresh and waste water containers and a portable toilet. If you’ve got the budget, you could spring for a few options like an Eberspacher diesel fuelled heating system, mains hook-up, a side awning or a solar panel.
“We are absolutely delighted that the Turismo Tourist has won this award, and so soon after its launch,” says Paul Williams, CEO of SsangYong Motor UK. “All credit to Wellhouse Leisure who have done an excellent job in creating such a great vehicle for the booming leisure market.”