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Motorhome review: PLA Privilege 385

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Key Features

  • Model Year : 2019
  • Class : Low Profile Drop Down Bed
  • Base Vehicle : Peugeot Boxer
  • Engine Size : 2.0TD
  • Maximum Weight (Kg) : 3500
  • Berths : 4
  • Layout : Fixed Single Bed

The Verdict

Aimed at the entry-level market, the PLA Privilege might be something of a new kid on the motorhome block but this model is a certainly a strong option for those looking to buy for the first time. There are some nice finishing touches here from a well specified four-berth low profile.

AT A GLANCE

Base vehicle: Peugeot Boxer Price from: £54,609 Berths: 4 Travel seats: 4 Length: 6.95m Width: 2.32m Height: 2.95m Gross weight: 3,500kg Payload: 509kg

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

Model Year
2019
Manufacturer
PLA Camper
Class
Low Profile Drop Down Bed
Range
Privilege
Base Vehicle
Peugeot Boxer
Engine Size
2.0TD
Payload (kg)
509
Belted Seats
4
Maximum weight (kg)
3500
Price from (£)
54609
Length (m)
6.95
Width (m)
2.32
Height (m)
2.95
Berths
4
Main Layout
Fixed Single Bed
Price from (€)
Campervan Test Date

DETAILED REVIEW

The Privilege 385 is a surprisingly well specified four-berth low-profile that comes in at well under £55,000, although show offers have seen it priced as low as £48,500.

Like all PLAs sold here, it’s built on a right-hand drive, six-speed manual, 130bhp, Peugeot Boxer chassis-cab with 3,500kg gross weight (in Europe the Citroën Jumper is used). PLA will build on a Fiat Ducato for those who want an automatic gearbox, but this is a pricey £5,500 option.

This Privilege 385 has three packs added as standard and a ‘UK Premium’ inventory also included.

The first two packs – the Happy Pack and the Peugeot Plus Pack – add cab air-con, a passenger airbag, cruise control, a habitation door flyscreen and a host of other extras. Meanwhile, the Privilege Pack adds a reversing camera, LED rear lights and habitation door central locking, while the UK Premium Pack gets you a flatscreen TV, Gaslow refillable gas cylinder, external barbecue point, tracker, and other goodies, like a first aid kit and hook-up cable.

So complete is the spec that the only options are the 160bhp engine (£1,299), alloy wheels (£999), LED running lights (£299) and metallic paint (£699).

Extensive kit list aside, this is a 6.95m low-profile with a rear garage and twin single beds above. The interior layout holds few surprises but the finishing touches, such as the impressively large soft-close kitchen drawers and the shower tray’s solid cover (so you can stand to use the basin without fear of damaging the tray underneath) impress.

Up front, the cab’s chairs turn to face the half-dinette (with two seatbelts) with a removable table (with extension) and a side-facing single seat on the offside.

There is a large skylight above the cab, but the rest of the ceiling is obscured by the electric drop-down bed (1.95m by 1.01m). Above the dinette bench is the standard-fit TV. A single bed can also be made up from the lounge seating.

The central kitchen has a straight galley unit with Dometic three-burner gas hob and rectangular sink set into the worktop, which has a flip-up extension. Below are those huge drawers, while beside the sink is a 142-litre Thetford fridge/freezer with an oven/grill above. The latter would be too high except that the steps leading up to the beds are perfectly sited for lifting hot food from the oven.

Opposite is the all-in-one washroom, which incorporates a semi-separate shower, closed off with folding Perspex doors. There is a swivel cassette loo and a small oval basin with storage above and below.

Finally, at the rear, are the twin single beds (1.97m by 0.80m and 1.90m by 0.67m), which can be made into a large double using infill cushions. The beds are accessed by three large steps and access to the storage below is found at the side of the steps.

The garage beneath has twin access doors, with the largest (1.05m by 0.75m) being big enough to load bikes. There’s ample payload, too – just over half a tonne.

 

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