Berths: 4 Travel seats: 4 Base vehicle: Fiat Ducato Gross weight: 3,500kg Payload: 340kg
A-class motorhomes with a rear U-shaped lounge are rare. A-classes with the whole layout swapped around for the UK, so that the habitation door is on our nearside, are rarer still. Combine the two and you have a unique offering, as well as one that undercuts most A-class rivals on price – at £63,990.
The 745 is only the second model in the Pegaso range. And, with its wood-free construction and 10-year body integrity warranty, as well as a five-year warranty on the habitation side, the Pegaso strives to compete with more established players in this sector, where British manufacturers are totally absent.
Top-hung, bus-type mirrors with twin lenses are another sign that corners have not been cut. This is an A-class that’s boldly styled on the exterior and the scheme is even more eye-catching inside, with the Thesi upholstery being predominantly white, while the pale woodwork and off-white gloss locker doors add further to the bright interior.
Up front, there’s a typical Euro lounge layout with an L-settee incorporating travel seats and a single seat by the habitation door. The cab door serves the driver (rather than passenger, as in most right-hand drive A-classes) and the FASP captain’s chairs feature tiltable squab cushions. Above, the drop-down bed measures 1.85m by 1.35m but lacks a roof vent and has but one small light.
The front lounge in an A-class almost always feels spacious, thanks to the panoramic windscreen and full-width cab. But, in the 745, it’s still utterly trumped by the rear lounge. With a 1.83m offside settee and even longer (1.93m) nearside one, this space feels huge. It’s hard to believe you’re in a motorhome that’s less than 7.5m long, and the small free-standing table back here looks lost. Better, then, to dine up front and watch TV back here – the telly drops down from an offside cupboard.
The rear lounge can act as two near-instant single beds but the way it converts into a double, with a slatted base that emerges from the offside sofa to fill the gangway, shows many British manufacturers how to do it.
The kitchen – a straight unit centrally located on the nearside – is not so impressive. It lacks worktop and its three-burner hob looks a bit downmarket. Positive features are a low-level Thetford Duplex oven/grill, two pull-out racks, snazzy low-level lighting and a tall/slim fridge with separate bottle drawer below.
The washroom is opposite, but this doesn’t cause the narrow aisle sometimes found in this type of layout. Inside, there’s a swivel loo, decent storage, branded mirror, opening window and a good-sized shower with twin drains.
With alloy wheels, a solar panel and reversing camera as standard, the Pegaso 745 looks conspicuously well priced, so its competitors are as more likely to be high-end British (rear lounge) coachbuilts than (predominantly fixed bed) A-classes.