Horizon Acacia: Test Review

By: Malcolm Street, Photography by: Malcolm Street

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The new Horizon Acacia proves van conversion homes can be just as spacious and practical as their coach-built counterparts.

In many ways, a van conversion is easier for manufacturers to build than a coach-built conversion – rather than building an entire new motorhome body, it’s just a matter of cutting holes in the existing van body. In the can of the Horizon Acacia, those holes are to accommodate things such as the Seitz tinted windows, gas cylinder bin, hot water service, external shower, cassette toilet bin and roof hatches. Other items, such as the Fiamma F65 awning, get bolted to the outside.


An almost essential option that Horizon offers is zipped insect screens for the sliding door and rear doors. Given the confines of the van, it’s great to be able to leave the doors open in warm weather but, preferably, without the presence of the local insect population.


Up front, the two swivelling cab seats and the two forward-facing seats form a neatly integrated lounge/dining area, together with the removable table. The optional fabric inserts match up all the seats very nicely. To improve access to the dinette, particularly for the nearside seat, a swivelling table has been fitted under the main table. It won’t be as stable as something with a fixed leg but it’s still a useful addition, in my opinion.

In addition to the locker above the table, there is a storage area under the rear seats, accessed by forward-facing doors, and a handy drawer fitted in behind the seat. A mini electrical panel with a 240V powerpoint, 12V and 5V charger sockets is mounted on the wall under the table.

As a general comment, the Acacia’s storage space scores quite well, given the relatively confined space of this van conversion. On the same note, Horizon claims its bathroom cubicle is one of the largest in the business and I reckon it might be right. There’s no window, just a vent fan, but all the essentials are there – Dometic cassette toilet, flexible-hose shower and small corner washbasin with cupboard below.

Hits & Misses

I liked...

  • Easy driving motorhome
  • Lots of windows
  • Good-sized kitchen
  • Good electrical setup
  • Plenty of storage space

I would have liked…

  • A longer bed
  • More time to play!

Horizon Acacia Specs

Weights and measures

  • Overall length 6.96m (22ft 10in)
  • External width 2m (6ft 6in)
  • Internal height 1.92m (6ft 4in)
  • Travel height 2.69m (8ft 10in)
  • Tare 3250kg
  • GVM 4490kg


  • Base vehicle Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 416CDI High Roof LWB
  • Engine 2.2L turbodiesel
  • Gearbox Seven-speed automatic
  • Max power 120kW@3800rpm
  • Max torque 360Nm@1400-2400rpm


  • Brakes ABS disc
  • Fresh water 1x100L
  • Grey water 1x95L
  • Batteries 1x200Ah
  • Solar Optional
  • Air-conditioner Optional
  • Gas 2x4kg


  • Cooking Dometic three-burner
  • Fridge Waeco 1140 136L
  • Microwave Panasonic
  • Toilet Dometic cassette
  • Lighting 12V LED
  • Hot water Truma 14L

Options fitted

  • Flyscreens on side and rear doors; Sprinter 416 (instead of 316); double dinette seats; fabric inserts in seats

Price as shown

  • $129,900 (drive-away, NSW)

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The full test appears in Caravan World #535 March 2015. Subscribe today for the latest caravan reviews and news every month!