Competitively priced and available only in limited numbers, this model is great value - even if you choose to add a number of options.
Base vehicle: Peugeot Boxer Price from: £42,495 Berths: 3 Travel seats: 4 Length: 5.99m Width: 2.05m Height: 2.58m Gross weight: 3,500kg Payload: 660kg
PSA (Peugeot Citroën) has made no secret of its aspiration to grow its share of the motorhome market significantly. It is now the second largest supplier of base vehicles in the market Europe-wide with a 15% share, as well as claiming the fastest growth of any chassis manufacturer in the sector.
More developments are on the way to build on this success, including new Euro 6D engines later this year, along with an enhanced assistance package and a new factory-fitted Alpine sat-nav option. However, many of the motorhome marques turning to Peugeot and Citroën seem to be doing so based on price.
Certainly, that’s the case here. The Globescout Plus is based on a six-metre Peugeot Boxer panel van (rather than the usual Fiat Ducato) and comes with a 3,500kg gross weight and 160bhp power output, both superior figures to a standard Fiat-based Globescout.
And yet this model, which is available only in strictly limited numbers, is priced lower, starting at just £42,495. Even as shown here, spec’d up to suit UK tastes with gas/electric Truma heating (rather than gas only as is the norm on the German market) and CP Plus control panel, colour-coded bumpers, awning light and the kit to make a third berth in the lounge, the price is a highly competitive £44,245.
What you get for that is basically a Globescout on a different (aesthetically and engine-wise but not dimensionally) base vehicle.
The specification also includes metallic paint and the Plus Pack of cruise control, cab air-conditioning, radio preparation, alloy wheels, leather steering wheel, cab blinds, Traction Plus and special Solana upholstery.
An optional Freedom Pack adds an awning, solar panel and DAB radio, leaving little more for you to consider adding, except perhaps a reversing camera.
The layout – the European staple of a half-dinette lounge, central kitchen and washroom and rear transverse bed – is carried over unchanged. And the Plus model can be specified with the standard washroom seen here or with the expanding tambour door and centrally positioned shower.
Like most rivals, the right-hand drive Globescout Plus has its sliding door (complete with full flyscreen) on the offside.
The front lounge comes with a wall-mounted table with circular, swing-out extension leaf and chromed edging strip. Pleated blinds and net curtains are fitted, along with a reading light that can be repositioned at will along its rail. There are no spotlights in the cab, though.
The angled galley unit makes a surprising difference to the feeling of space and comes with the usual two-burner hob and sink (separate units with glass covers), as well as a folding worktop extension. The two super-sized drawers can be replaced by smaller ones, if the optional oven is fitted. Then, alongside, is a basic 80-litre three-way fridge with push-button gas ignition, above which is a small wardrobe with front-to-rear hanging rail.
The washroom comes with an opening window, swivel loo, large oval stainless-steel basin, a roof vent and a shower tray (with twin drains) hidden under a false floor. Remove that and headroom increases from 1.76m to 1.87m.
Finally, the transverse double bed measures 1.95m by 1.45m (max) and narrows slightly towards the nearside. It has a foot-hole to aid access and, on the offside is an opening window, along with two rail-mounted adjustable reading lights, but the cupboards above prevent sitting up.
Underneath, the gas locker is on the nearside, while the 100-litre water tank is built-in on the offside and in between is a 1.35m by 0.91m space (0.78m high) with tie-down hooks. This area can be increased to a full-height garage by folding the bed away.