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Motorhome review: Benimar Tessoro 413 motorhome

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Key Features

  • Model Year : 2018
  • Class : Overcab Coachbuilt
  • Base Vehicle : Ford Transit
  • Engine Size : 2.0TD
  • Maximum Weight (Kg) : 3500
  • Berths : 5
  • Layout : Bunk Beds

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

AT A GLANCE

Berths: 4 Travel seats: 4 Base vehicle: Ford Transit Gross weight: 3,500kg Payload: 415kg

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

Model Year
2018
Manufacturer
Benimar Tessoro
Class
Overcab Coachbuilt
Range
No Range
Base Vehicle
Ford Transit
Engine Size
2.0TD
Payload (kg)
415
Belted Seats
5
Maximum weight (kg)
3500
Price from (£)
50995
Length (m)
6.41
Width (m)
2.30
Height (m)
2.89
Berths
5
Main Layout
Bunk Beds
Price from (€)
Campervan Test Date

DETAILED REVIEW

If you want a Ford-based coachbuilt motorhome then your options are pretty limited. In fact, you’re restricted currently to Trigano Group brands – the French marque, Chausson, Roller Team from Italy and the Spanish maker, Benimar.

There are plenty of reasons to want a Ford, though, in preference to the ubiquitous, market-dominating Fiats (and very closely related Peugeots). Since it first appeared on the motorhome market in the summer of 2014, the Transit has impressed with the way it drives. In fact, even before you turn the key, the cab seems much more modern than its Sevel rivals. Which, of course, it is, because the Ducato has changed remarkably little since its debut way back in 2007.

So, you sit in a less overtly commercial driving position and the fascia shares much of its design with Focus, Mondeo, etc. That’s a good thing. Even better is the experience once you get rolling. The dash-mounted gearshift is slick, the ride more absorbent than in a Fiat and the Euro VI diesel engines are as good as you’ll find in a van.

And the new automatic gearbox option (£1,750) is way better than the jerky robotised transmission offered by Fiat. There’s, perhaps, a bit more lean in the corners than with a Ducato, but, hey, this is a leisure vehicle not a hot hatch. And if your inner boy-racer hasn’t been completely exorcised, then the 170bhp power unit fitted as standard on all Benimar Tessoros will put a grin on your face as wide as the 2.30m coachbuilt body.

But if the dearth of Ford-based models is already making you think that a Transit won’t make it to your shopping list, then the list of low-profile motorhomes with family-friendly bunk bed layouts might make you weep. Roller Team’s Zefiro only mates bunks to a big overcab luton, so that leaves Chausson’s 716 Flash (see August 2017 issue) or this more conventional model from Benimar. At over a metre shorter than its French nemesis, that could be your decision made if you have a lack of space on your driveway. At least you won’t have to trawl dozens of dealers to compare models…

With the Tessoro 413 you get a typically continental front lounge with L-settee, nearside bench and swivel cab chairs, all circling a fixed table. The L-shaped galley backing onto the lounge comes with a gas/electric hob, oven/grill, an extractor hood and a huge, 145-litre fridge/freezer with automatic energy selection. Between the tall cooler and the main galley there’s also a slide-out floor-to-ceiling pantry unit. And, in a nod to UK preferences, there’s even a microwave, but that’s just the start of a specification tailored by Marquis to suit the British market.

The latest 2018 models even have the habitation door on the UK nearside. On the nearside, the 413’s washroom has that family essential, a separate shower, as well as the latest cassette loo, a basin with practical work surface alongside, and an opening window. Then, across the rear, are the bunk beds (claimed dimensions 2.10m by 0.80m each), with the possibility of folding away the lower bed to create a small garage. Mum and dad’s bed is an electric drop-down over the front lounge (said to be 1.90m by 1.39m). You’ll need to deploy the ladder to access this and headroom is insufficient for sitting up, so this ’van is better suited to young, active families than grandparents looking for family versatility.

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