20/09/2018 Share this review   Share on Facebook icon Share on Twitter icon Share on Pinterest icon Share on Google Plus icon Share on Linked In icon Share via Email icon

Motorhome review: Benimar Mileo 282 motorhome

6c1002d9-9e8c-45c6-8eaf-83fb963f3061

Key Features

  • Model Year : 2018
  • Class : Low Profile Drop Down Bed
  • Base Vehicle : Fiat Ducato
  • Engine Size : 2.3TD
  • Maximum Weight (Kg) : 3500
  • Berths : 4
  • Layout : Rear Lounge

Benimar Mileo View more details about the manufacturer of this vehicle over in our manufacturers section.

AT A GLANCE

Berths: 4 Travel seats: 4 Base vehicle: Fiat Ducato Gross weight: 3,500kg Payload: 280kg

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

Model Year
2018
Manufacturer
Benimar Mileo
Class
Low Profile Drop Down Bed
Range
No Range
Base Vehicle
Fiat Ducato
Engine Size
2.3TD
Payload (kg)
280
Belted Seats
4
Maximum weight (kg)
3500
Price from (£)
57995
Length (m)
7.39
Width (m)
2.30
Height (m)
2.89
Berths
4
Main Layout
Rear Lounge
Price from (€)
Campervan Test Date

DETAILED REVIEW

The success of the Benimar brand in the UK – from a standing start in 2014, rising to become one of Britain’s best- selling imported motorhome marques – has been well documented. That success also means that importer, Marquis, has not messed around too much with a winning formula for 2019.

Key changes are new van conversions (Benivan 120 and 122) and some Mileo layouts being transferred into a new lower spec’d, lower-priced range, called Primero. Other than that, the Fiat Ducato-based Mileo gets new fabrics (not shown here) – Bergen as standard or Copenhague as a cost option. There’s a new habitation door with two-point locking and a new washbasin and matching accessories in the bathroom, while garage areas get improved locks and lighting.

Turning to the specifics of this 282 model, the layout is unchanged and the key selling point is its rear lounge, which is especially comfy. Rear L-shaped lounges are nothing new, of course, but this one is exceptionally conducive to lounging, relaxing, sprawling and, generally, unwinding. And it doesn’t even have to make into a bed, because a double berth lowers from the ceiling above.

p front, there’s a much more conventional seating area combining travel for four with a typically continental fixed table and swivel cab seats. Six could squeeze around the table, which unfolds for full-scale dining. And, like a number of other aspects, the table shows improved operation since the brand debuted here.

Rear lounge aside, this is a conventional low-profile motorhome that’s very open and spacious – as well as being well equipped, as we’ve come to expect with Benimar. There is another surprise in store, though – the fact that both beds are of the drop-down variety – no more cushion shuffling, even when you’re touring with four folk on board.

The central galley has a respectable amount of worktop, an oven/grill, a mains hotplate, a microwave and a massive fridge/freezer (149-litre capacity with automatic energy selection). It’s positioned along the nearside wall, aft of the habitation door (which – take note – is on the British side).

On the opposite flank of the motorhome, the bathroom has a separate shower (with stylish dark tinted bifold door and wooden duckboard) that’s unusually generous in size. You get a lot of spec for your money with these Benimars – with no need to turn to a list of extras – a Comfort-Matic gearbox (£1,900) and a towbar (£1,250) are the key options, bar the fabric choice and a chassis weight upgrade.

Top value has been what the brand has represented since it returned to our shores. Standard kit includes automatic lights and wipers, sat-nav, reversing camera, 150bhp engine, flush-fit framed windows, solar panel, barbecue point, 6kW gas/mains heating, alloy wheels, a leather steering wheel, ESP, Traction+ and Hill Descent Control. Even a Category 6 tracking system and a year’s free insurance are included in the price.

Built as standard on a 3,500kg chassis, the Mileo 282 looks a little light on payload, but, if your licence will allow, you can upgrade the gross weight to 3,650kg at no extra cost. Or, if you want a gargantuan load-carrying ability, a 4.4-tonne chassis is a £1,750 option.

If you enjoyed this review, you can read loads more like it in What Motorhome magazine. You can get a digital version of this latest issue of What Motorhome magazine here.

 

    

Marquis Motorhomes (Sussex)


Eastbourne Road
Golden Cross
East Sussex
BN27 4AN
http://www.marquisleisure.co.uk
Adria, Auto-Sleepers, Auto-Trail, Benimar, Elddis, Majestic, Mobilvetta, Randger new motorhomes.

Marquis Motorhomes (Gloucestershire)

Mill Avon Holiday Park
Gloucester Road
Tewkesbury
Gloucestershire
GL20 5SW
http://www.marquisleisure.co.uk
sales@marquismotorhomes.co.uk
Auto-Sleepers, Auto-Trail, Benimar, Elddis, Majestic, Mobilvetta, Randger new motorhomes. Base & habitation service & repairs.

Marquis Motorhomes (Surrey)

Adria, Auto-Sleepers, Auto-Trail, Benimar, Elddis, Majestic, Mobilvetta, Randger new motorhomes. Habitation service, finance.

Marquis Motorhomes (Devon)

Auto-Sleepers, Auto-Trail, Benimar, Benivan, Elddis, Majestic, Mobilvetta, Randger new motorhomes. Base & habitation service & repairs.

Marquis Motorhomes (Dorset)

41-45
Old Wareham Road
Poole
Dorset
BH12 4QN
http://www.marquisleisure.co.uk
sales@marquismotorhomes.co.uk
Adria, Auto-Sleepers, Auto-Trail, Benimar, Elddis, Majestic, Mobilvetta, Randger new motorhomes. Base & habitation service & repairs.

Marquis Motorhomes (Lancashire)

Riversway Leisure Village
Chain Caul Road
Preston
Lancashire
PR2 2PD
http://www.marquisleisure.co.uk
sales@marquismotorhomes.co.uk
Auto-Sleepers, Auto-Trail, Benimar, Benivan, Elddis, Majestic, Mobilvetta, Randger new motorhomes. Adria, Caravelair, Coachman, Lunar caravans.

Marquis Motorhomes (Berkshire)


Oxford Road
Newbury
Berkshire
RG20 8RU
http://www.marquisleisure.co.uk
sales@marquismotorhomes.co.uk
Adria, Auto-Sleepers, Auto-Trail, Benimar, Elddis, Majestic, Mobilvetta, Randger new motorhomes. Servicing & minor repairs.

Marquis Motorhomes (Hampshire)


Winchester Road
Southampton
Hampshire
SO32 1HA
http://www.marquisleisure.co.uk
Adria, Auto-Sleepers, Auto-Trail, Benimar, Elddis, Lunar, Majestic, Mobilvetta, Randger new motorhomes. Base & habitation service & repairs.

Marquis Motorhomes (Northants)


The Causeway
Northampton
Northamptonshire
NN3 9EX
http://www.marquisleisure.co.uk
sales@marquismotorhomes.co.uk
Adria, Auto-Sleepers, Auto-Trail, Benimar, Elddis, Majestic, Mobilvetta, Randger new motorhomes. Adria, Caravelair, Coachman, Lunar caravans.

Marquis Motorhomes (Durham)


Durham Road
Chester-le-Street
Co Durham
DH3 2QZ
http://www.marquisleisure.co.uk
sales@marquismotorhomes.co.uk
Adria, Auto-Sleepers, Auto-Trail, Benimar, Elddis, Majestic, Mobilvetta, Randger new motorhomes.

Marquis Motorhomes (Suffolk)


Farthing Road
Ipswich
Suffolk
IP1 5AP
http://www.marquisleisure.co.uk
Adria, Auto-Sleepers, Auto-Trail, Benimar, Elddis, Majestic, Mobilvetta, Randger new motorhomes. Base & habitation service & repairs.

Marquis Motorhomes (South Yorkshire)

2
Rotherham Road
Sheffield
South Yorkshire
S25 3RF
http://www.marquisleisure.co.uk
sales@marquismotorhomes.co.uk
Auto-Sleepers, Auto-Trail, Benimar, Elddis, Lunar, Majestic, Mobilvetta, Randger new motorhomes.