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Here is mine, a 220D automatic in 'gris guijarro' (pebble grey) with the light yacht flooring, intelligent LED lights, parking and safety packages.

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This is after fitting the synthetic leather seat covers (the originals are the standard gray ones). I'd say seat covers are essential from day one if you're going to use the vehicle as a camper! We got ours from a specialist artisan seat covers company in Vitoria, Spain, consisting of a pair of brothers who cut everything by hand. Highly recommended (most of their business is mail order). Just wipe down with a damp cloth every now and then.

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And in its natural environment

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The roof fabric is a two layer thing with a gray outside and a cream interior giving an airy feel. A front window option in the roof space would have been nice though.

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We went for the opening upper tailgate option that has proved very useful so far, not just for various ventilation options but because it divides the boot space into two useable compartments. We didn't order the table and chairs as they take up much of the lower boot space.

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This is my daily driver and achieves really excellent fuel consumption figures, at least according to the vehicle itself (e.g. 6.7l/100 at a steady 120 km/h and even better on 100 km/h A road driving, getting around 5.2-5.6l/100). The other thing that has impressed me a lot is how quiet it is even at speed. The automatic is a superb driver and has the possibility of 3 modes: comfort, ecological and sporting, which essentially just define how early or late it changes gear.

So far, nearly 7000km in, I couldn't be happier with the Marco Polo. This includes a sequence of 16 consecutive nights using it mainly off-grid (away from campsites) in Scotland, cooking every day, trailing mud in from the mountains, etc. The van is really easy to keep clean, helped enormously by the smooth flooring. One thing I wish I'd done at the outset was to cover the kitchen surfaces as they are easily scratched.


Roy C

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Those seat covers look amazing - can't tell that they're covers from the pictures. The standard spec is leather in the UK so I thought black leather would be okay without covers.


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Van looks really nice, I agree about seat covers looking good. I went for the silk beige leather seats and I know it will divide opinion but I personally found it very dark in MP with black leather especially with the roof down, but each to their own and respect for choosing an MP.


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Thanks everyone for the comments. It gets very hot here in Spain so we went for coolish colours, so the choice was between this 'beige' and white. I'm not a great fan of the colour actually and we might decide to wrap the lower half in something like sage green at some point.

The interior can be quite dark on an overcast day in the UK. Opening even the small sliding window can make quite a difference to light levels. I wonder if a non tinted option would be useful for the UK market. For Spain the tinting works well to keep the van cool, and when stealth camping it is useful too.

Roy C

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I think it's a privacy thing in UK rather than the sun protection although occasionally it does get sunny here or it's useful if you travel to southern Europe. One of the noticeable things for the MP in the UK compared to elsewhere is Europe is the lack of options. Most things that are options eleswhere seem to be standard on UK spec cars. I guess that might change over time but things like tinted privacy glass are automatically included.


I have ordered dark windows mainly for the privacy, for me it's the main reason (not too much sunny days in Sweden)