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Motorhome review: Benimar Mileo 313

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Key Features

  • Model Year : 2017
  • Class : Overcab Coachbuilt
  • Base Vehicle : Fiat Ducato
  • Engine Size : 2.3TD
  • Maximum Weight (Kg) : 3500
  • Berths : 6
  • Layout : Bunk Beds

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

AT A GLANCE

Berths: 5/6 Travel seats: 5/6 Base vehicle: Fiat Ducato Gross weight: 3,500kg/3,650kg Payload: 520kg/670kg

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

Model Year
2017
Manufacturer
Benimar Mileo
Class
Overcab Coachbuilt
Range
No Range
Base Vehicle
Fiat Ducato
Engine Size
2.3TD
Payload (kg)
520
Belted Seats
6
Maximum weight (kg)
3500
Price from (£)
47495
Length (m)
5.95
Width (m)
2.30
Height (m)
3.05
Berths
6
Main Layout
Bunk Beds
Price from (€)
Campervan Test Date

DETAILED REVIEW

Family-orientated motorhomes are often big, bulky vehicles. After all, if you want to holiday comfortably with four, or more, on board you need space.

Traditionally, the most kid-friendly motorhomes also have bunk beds – and they often come from a nation known for big families, Italy.

Here’s a motorhome, however, that can sleep six but is just 5.95m long. Oh, and it’s not Italian.

The Mileo 313 is one of five 3-Series Mileos – overcab coachbuilts which followed on from the success of their low-profile 2-Series cousins. There are layouts here that follow on unchanged from the 2-Series, simply adding the extra versatility of an overcab bed.

But the 313 seen here is a uniquely overcab layout. Its format of a pullman dinette and rear transverse bunk beds is nothing new, although finding this type of layout in a sub-six-metre overall length is highly unusual.

It’s rare, too, to find a continental coachbuilt – Benimars herald from Spain – that has its habitation door on the UK nearside. That’s an indication of the buying power of exclusive Benimar suppliers in the UK, Marquis Leisure.

Opposite the door is the dinette, while running rearwards from the entrance is the galley. Then there are bunk beds across the stern and a washroom sandwiched between the dinette and the bunks on the offside.

The most unusual aspect of the design is that the dinette can be extended widthways – as can the table – so that you can fit in six for dining.

There are extra cushions to do this and the extension of the rear-facing bench blocks off access through to the cab.

The basis of the 313 is much more predictable. While Benimar’s Tessoro range is Ford Transit-based, all Mileos come on the ubiquitous Fiat Ducato.

You do get the 150bhp engine as standard here, though – along with the option of the Comfort-Matic gearbox. A licence-friendly gross weight of 3,500kg is perfectly suited to the younger audience this motorhome is likely to attract, but a 3,650kg option ups the payload (to 670kg) and allows the Mileo to be specified as a six-berth with six travelling seats.

The body has a GRP/PVC floor structure and 99% wood-free construction, as well as a stylish new rear bumper with LED tail-lights.

The 16in black alloy wheels ensure that there’s nothing of the ‘entry-level’ about the Benimar’s appearance.

The spec is equally high-end inside the cab, where you’ll find a DAB radio with touchscreen and sat-nav, cab air-conditioning, cruise control, ESP, Traction Plus and Hill Assist.

In the living area, this ’van is fully specified, too. 

The kitchen drawers have metal runners and a soft-closing system, there’s a microwave, the cooker comes with twin gas rings and a mains hotplate, while the oven/grill has electronic ignition.

But the equipment level goes further, with features normally associated with more prestigious vehicles – items like the solar panel, external shower and barbecue points and the powerful Combi 6kW gas/electric heating.

If you enjoyed this review, you can read loads more like it in the Summer 2017 issue of What Motorhome magazine.

There are over 47 campervans and motorhomes featured in the latest issue and you can get a digital version of the latest issue of What Motorhome magazine here.

Marquis Motorhomes (Sussex)


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