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Motorhome review: Carthago Chic E-line I 64 XL QB motorhome

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Key Features

  • Model Year : 2019
  • Class : A-Class
  • Base Vehicle : Fiat Ducato
  • Engine Size : 2.3TD
  • Maximum Weight (Kg) : 5000
  • Berths : 4
  • Layout : Island Bed

The Verdict

This is one hugely impressively A-class motorhome, with a range of options that bump up the price as well as cranking up the style to luxury levels.

AT A GLANCE

Base vehicle: Fiat Ducato Al-Ko tag-axle Price from: £123,260 Berths: 4/5 Travel seats: 4/5 Length: 8.84m Width: 2.27m Height: 3.05m Gross weight: 5,000kg Payload: 935kg

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

Model Year
2019
Manufacturer
Carthago
Class
A-Class
Range
Chic E-Line
Base Vehicle
Fiat Ducato
Engine Size
2.3TD
Payload (kg)
935
Belted Seats
4
Maximum weight (kg)
5000
Price from (£)
123260
Length (m)
8.84
Width (m)
2.27
Height (m)
3.05
Berths
4
Main Layout
Island Bed
Price from (€)
Campervan Test Date

DETAILED REVIEW

Looking for the ultimate motorhome for longer-term touring? This could be it if your priorities favour a supremely spacious washroom and an island bed. It’s the latest in Carthago’s E-line range and for one specified as per this show model you’d be looking at spending less than £300 short of £150-grand. Or you could even go further upmarket still with the S-line version built on the rear-wheel drive Iveco Daily chassis.

Here, it’s Fiat Ducato underpinnings but with an Al-Ko tag-axle frame to the rear. That means it’s a six-wheeler with 5,000kg gross weight, resulting in a payload of 935kg in standard spec. No one ever buys a motorhome like this in its list price form, though, and the Super Package alone adds over £6,000 – as well as 126kg to the weight. You’ll want the top-spec Ducato power unit, too, for 177bhp and 400Nm of torque – with the Comfort-Matic robotised gearbox as well that’s another £5,605.

The Super Package includes all manner of gear, including automatic air-conditioning in the cab, a Luxus habitation door with central locking, rear corner steadies, a double-DIN radio/DVD, bar cabinet with fitted glasses, SOG toilet fan, automatic gas changeover, central locking of the exterior hatches and garage doors, a heat exchanger to warm the interior as you drive, reversing camera and more.

Then there are other significant options, such as the £2,470 Silverline exterior (which thoughtfully keeps the top of the roof white to reflect heat from the sun), the £3,410 Satellite and TV Package including a 40in telly and the £1,265 Kitchen/Coffee Package which not only adds the Krups coffee machine but also an 1,800W inverter so that freshly brewed caffeine is available even when a hook-up is not.

It’s the ablutions that are the headline news here, though. This is liner-class spaciousness with two sliding doors to create a completely private area. It’s a proper changing room, too, with the wardrobe sited here. And there’s a towel heater, full-length mirrors on the doors through to the bedroom and even separate heating controls.

The shower is a very generous size, too, and there’s a domestic-style white rectangular basin in this hotel-style bathroom that takes up 1.33m of the vehicle’s overall length. Beyond the toilet area, the bedroom is equally impressive. The mattress itself measures 2.01m by 1.47m. There are pigeonholes, large drawers under the foot of the mattress and a wall-mounted 24in TV. Individual his ‘n’ hers tip-up sections allow you to sit up luxuriously to watch.

At the opposite end of the layout, the captain’s chairs swivel to join a curvy offside sofa and L-settee incorporating two travel seats. Unusual is the round table, while the huge television rises electrically from behind the sofa. If you’re not viewing then the sofa pulls out for more reclined lounging, while the base of the L-shaped seating, opposite, incorporates a shoe rack.

The kitchen shows off more curves and incorporates six drawers, two pull-out bins, two four-bottle racks, a tall slide-out pantry storage unit and a 160-litre fridge/freezer with the oven/grill above.

 

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