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Bessacarr E540

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Key Features

  • Model Year : 2007
  • Class : Low Profile
  • Base Vehicle : Fiat Ducato
  • Engine Size : 2.3TD
  • Berths : 2
  • Maximum Weight (Kg) : 3500
  • Layout : End Washroom

Swift Bessacarr View more details about the manufacturer of this vehicle over in our manufacturers section.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

Model Year
2007
Manufacturer
Swift Bessacarr
Class
Low Profile
Range
E500
Base Vehicle
Fiat Ducato
Length (m)
6.53
Belted Seats
2
Payload (kg)
525
Engine Size
2.3TD
Width (m)
2.36
Berths
2
Maximum weight (kg)
3500
Price from (€)
Main Layout
End Washroom
Price from (£)
39760
Height (m)
2.79

DETAILED REVIEW

LIFE is getting progressively harder for the Great British Motorhome.

The relentless invasion of continental brands has, over the years, shown prospective buyers that their next motorhome needn't be tediously styled, inside or out. And it needn't sport utterly conventional layouts or be saddled with a below-average base vehicle. Home-grown manufacturers have had to adapt.

The Fiat Ducato/Peugeot Boxer twins were arguably a little late in getting to the New And Improved Base Vehicle party, and allowed rivals to scoot worryingly far ahead. With an impressive new Ford Transit, Volkswagen Crafter/Mercedes Sprinter and rejuvenated Renault Master on the horizon, Fiat had to get its act together. This test of Bessacarr's svelte new E540 represents the first time we've laid our hands on a motorhome with a proper UK-spec right-hand drive Ducato. We'll soon know if it's been worth the wait.

Bessacarr E540 motorhome interior The Bessacarr felt too big, too avant-garde and just a little chilly, with its paler woodwork, carpets and upholstery. The fact that I suspected I wasn't going to fit comfortably behind its steering wheel merely confirmed my initial suspicions as to how the test was going to pan out.

Now that I've mastered its idiosyncratic driver's seat and lived with its more modern-feeling conversion, it feels spacious and complete. It's not perfect by any means, but it has an excellent lounge, sleeping and dining quarters.

Bessacarr E540

  • Base vehicle: Fiat Ducato (X2/50) 130 Multijet 3.5-tonne low-line chassis
  • Starting price: £39,265 on-the-road
  • As tested: £40,260 on-the-road
  • Berths: 2
  • Travel seats: 2
  • Maximum gross vehicle weight: 3,500kg
  • Payload: 525kg
  • Overall length: 6.54m (21ft 5in)
  • Overall width: 2.35m (7ft 8in)
  • Overall height: 2.79m (9ft 2in)
Plus points: Stylish and harmonious low-profile design, cheerful and welcoming interior, light steering, agile handling, smooth engine, superb kitchen, classy and decently lit washroom, striking value for money, panoramic cab roof window, removable carpets, huge fridge/freezer

Minus points: Tricky to find a comfortable driving position, steering wheel adjusts for reach but not rake, inferior window blinds and flyscreens, no overcab storage, cab side window blinds hamper visibility, rear wheelarch intrudes into shower compartment, smallish waste water tank

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