Base vehicle: Fiat Ducato Al-Ko Price from: £92,369 Berths: 2 Travel seats: 2/3 Length: 6.80m Width: 2.24m Height: 2.95m Gross weight: 3,500kg Payload: 350kg
This premium French marque is celebrating four decades of A-class production. It has always ploughed its own furrow, with vehicles that look a little different to the Teutonic norm and this smallest model in the range is also one of the most interesting.
Based on an Al-Ko chassis with 26cm-deep double floor encasing the water tanks as well as basement storage, the Classic range includes floorplans up to 8.55m long. Luxury doesn’t have to come in such a voluminous package, though – the LV6.8LF is 6.80m.
Part of the reason this model can be compact and yet still feel remarkably roomy is that it doesn’t have a fixed bed. Instead, the main bed is a drop-down one above the cab.
This isn’t just an ordinary pull-down bed, though, as it lowers electrically and then extends so that you can sleep lengthways. Not only does that result in a huge 1.94m by 1.86m mattress area but it also makes for much easier access, as you won’t have to climb over your partner to get out.
There’s even a small amount of lounge space left with the bed down – somewhere to sit to put your socks on, perhaps.
With the bed stowed, you can appreciate the size of the lounge. The long, luxurious sofas are well-shaped for relaxing, while the large (1.20m by 0.82m) dining table folds in half to become less dominant.
There’s a height-adjustable TV bracket (the television actually hides away when raised) and a three-bottle wine rack is incorporated in the table’s base – how French!
A flat floor throughout the living area leads aft to the generous galley at the offside. There’s plenty of preparation space here, as well as lots of well-planned storage, including large drawers incorporating two bins and a six-bottle wine rack…
You only get a two-burner hob but three rings are an option, or you can go for the full monty with a mains hotplate and grill/oven.
Even a microwave is on the options list, while the sink is deep and the fridge is a giant, 160-litre automatic energy selection model. There’s a good array of overhead cupboards, plus even more storage behind a tambour door to the rear. There’s internal access to the garage, too.
With internal headroom of 1.29m and two large external loading doors, plus an exterior shower, 12V and 230V sockets and an LED strip light running almost the full width of the vehicle, this is a great space for bikes and more but, if you want to make the most of it, the standard 350kg payload may not be enough. Fortunately, a 4,500kg Heavy chassis option is offered.
The washroom is stylish. The super-sized shower is the star feature and the only downside is that the loo (a ceramic bowl Thetford) is rather high.
Excellent wardrobe storage (with a hanging rail that slides out towards you) makes it a spacious changing room, too.
There’s an optional third travel seat, but this motorhome is all about luxury for two. Details like the padded headlining reinforce the premium vibe, but bear in mind that our photos show a 2020 model and the latest version has some detail cosmetic updates.