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test drive importer UNVI Bus and Coach has most of the comforts expected of a full-sized luxury long-distance tourer. With a modest mileage on the clock, it has so far returned around 25mpg. That’s slightly below a comparable conversion, but along with the price premium, it’s an acceptable trade-off. On the inside UNVI makes good use of some of the best products in their respective fields in the Vega GT. Boarding is via a Masats plug door, and three steps lead to the platform. The first is lined in yellow and the other two have blue LED-lit edges. Although the climb is minimal, handrails are present on both sides of the door. That on the left is upright, while the courier seat base has a horizontal grab within it. The base locks in position when stowed. Plants has specified wood-effect flooring throughout, although in the steps and the sunken aisle it is covered with carpet. Nevertheless, the flooring is clearly visible beneath the seats and it adds to the overall ambience. An upmarket feel continues with the 19 Brusa seats. They are finished in two-tone grey leather and have drop-down tables, while all aisle positions come with sideshift functionality. The Mercedes-Benz three-pointed star is embroidered into the headrests and each seat has a three-point belt. Every passenger has a USB charging point within 22 | June 2017 | miniplus.co.uk the side wall, and UNVI can fit 240v sockets if required, although to do that an inverter is necessary. To the Mercedes-Benz Audio 15 sound system has been added a Bosch DVD player within the dash’s centre console. It feeds through a manually-lowered frontmounted monitor. The dash section has an optional cover, and so the head unit is out of sight. A further extra is saloon climate control. It governs the standard roof-mounted air-conditioning unit and perimeter radiators, and it is effective at maintaining a consistent temperature. The driver controls it via a display in the cab and airflow from the air-conditioning is via both a grille in the ceiling and vents in the passenger service units. The desired temperature is set and the rest is done automatically, with the aid of an auxiliary coolant heater if needed. To the left when boarding is a toploading, lockable fridge. It is deceptively big, and it can hold many more bottles of water than the vehicle can carry passengers. Quality on the outside Plants’ Vega GT is finished in Mercedes- Benz Graphite Grey, which forms the basis for the operator’s livery. It includes Plants’ trademark reflective decals; the reason that no rear window is fitted is to provide a large space there for the fleet name. On both sides, the one-piece panel 1 The additional cost of climate control is money well spent and I would have it again 2 3 1. A Masats plug door is fitted, with wood-effect flooring extending into the steps 2. Frenelsa retarder is no longer mandatory, but it is very effective nonetheless 3. Large drop boot, although lowering the door is not the easiest task 4. Nicely-appointed cab, with two USB points and a heated driver’s seat 5. Body items are controlled by a bank of one-touch switches 6.19 Brusa seats in two-tone leather are fitted with USB charging points adjacent


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