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Motorhome review: WildAx Europa

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Key Features

  • Model Year : 2020
  • Class : High top
  • Base Vehicle : Renault Master
  • Engine Size : 2.3dCi
  • Maximum Weight (Kg) : 3500
  • Berths : 2
  • Layout : Rear Lounge

AT A GLANCE

Base vehicle: Renault Master Price from: £54,995 Berths: 2 Travel seats: 2 Length: 6.20m Width: 2.07m Height: 2.65m Gross weight: 3,500kg Payload: 400kg

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

Model Year
2020
Manufacturer
WildAx
Class
High top
Range
No Range
Base Vehicle
Renault Master
Engine Size
2.3dCi
Payload (kg)
400
Belted Seats
2
Maximum weight (kg)
3500
Price from (£)
53995
Length (m)
6.20
Width (m)
2.07
Height (m)
2.65
Berths
2
Main Layout
Rear Lounge
Price from (€)
Campervan Test Date

DETAILED REVIEW

The Europa – a classic rear lounge two-berth – is not a new model, but Renault has given the Master base vehicle a major facelift.

Unlike the much more frequently seen Fiats and Peugeots, which moved to Euro 6d in barely noticeable fashion, the Master has a bold new face. Inside, there’s a new dashboard with chrome inserts and 5in digital display incorporating the MediaNav Evolution multimedia system and navigation, which is also compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

The Master already came equipped with Lane Departure Warning and a reversing camera, but the latest model gets additional driver assistance systems (ADAS) including Rear View Assist, which is unique in the sector, and Side Wind Assist. Front parking assistance and Blind Spot Warning are also fitted, plus alloy wheels and metallic paint.

Power and torque are also increased on these latest Renaults, with the entry-level Europa featuring the 135bhp motor and six-speed manual gearbox. A £2,600 option is to upgrade to the 180bhp twin-turbo motor with Quickshift 6 robotised gearshift.

The update makes the Master look more appealing and we’ve always praised these vans for their fuel economy and ride comfort, but sadly it’s a vehicle now almost completely ignored by the motorhome industry.

Of course, it’s the lounge area that will be a top priority for many buyers and, with an overall length midway between the long and extra-long Fiats/Peugeots, there’s plenty of room here.

The settees are long enough (1.93m says WildAx) to act as single beds or you can create a huge double by slotting in the rear backrest.

In the day, the U-shaped arrangement adds lounging comfort and there are two small tables which can combine to make a generous dining surface. One table can, alternatively, be used up front in conjunction with the swivel passenger seat, while the rear seating area comes with a 19in TV/DVD as standard.

The kitchen impresses with a large work surface, as well as a three-burner hob and combined oven/grill, but you might be wondering where the sink is. Hidden when not in use, it slides out, drawer-style. Neat!

On the opposite side of the camper, underneath the wardrobe, is an 85-litre three-way fridge with removable freezer section. More storage can be found below the rear settees (some of it accessed through the rear barn doors) as well as in top lockers, which are all fitted (unusually) with tambour doors.

Another sliding door accesses the washroom, which is comprehensively lined out with WildAx’s own glass-fibre mouldings. There’s an opening window here, and the design obviates the need for a shower curtain, but the tip-up basin looks dated.

Where the Europa really scores is with practical features like its twin 100Ah leisure batteries, refillable 30-litre gas tank and heated/insulated 100-litre fresh and waste water tanks, all of which give it greater independence from site facilities than many rivals.


 

     

 

Caledonian Campers Ltd

582
Glasgow Rd
Clydebank
Glasgow
G81 1NH
http://www.caledoniancampers.co.uk
info@caledoniancampers.co.uk
Campervan hire, sales and conversions based in Glasgow, Scotland. Bespoke conversions. Habitation service & repairs.

E S Hartley Motorhomes (Cheshire)


Rossmore Road East
Wirral
Cheshire
CH65 3DD
http://www.eshartleygroup.co.uk
sales@eshartleygroup.co.uk
Hillside, Hobby, Jobl, Lunar, PLA, Roller Team, WildAx new motorhomes. Service centre. Branch in Cumbria also.

E S Hartley Motorhomes (Cumbria)

New & used motorhomes. Full service facilities. Hillside, Hobby, Jobl, Lunar, PLA, Roller Team, WildAx new motorhomes. Finance.

Highbridge Caravan Centre Ltd


A38 Bristol Road
Highbridge
Somerset
TA9 4EX
http://www.highbridgecaravans.co.uk
info@highbridgecaravans.co.uk
Motorhome & caravan dealer. Huge choice of tents, trailer tents, folding campers & accessories.

Nick Whale Motorhomes

Lauriston Park
Lauriston Park
Evesham
Worcestershire
WR11 8SN
https://www.nickwhalemotorhomes.co.uk
paul.sadler@nickwhale.com
Auto-Sleepers, McLouis and WildAx dealers. Motorhomes for sale. Finance available. Base & habitation service, MoT.

Southern Motorhome Centre

Come, relax and have a good look around at a great range of used Motorhomes from Camper Vans to A Class covering all the major manufacturers. There's no sales pressure, just sound advice and good friendly service. We are located in Bracknell - easy access from the M3 and M4 and are main dealers for those wonderful WildAx Van Conversions.

WildAx Motorhomes


Eastgate
Elland
West Yorkshire
HX5 9DQ
http://www.wildaxmotorhomes.com
enquiries@wildaxmotorhomes.com
Wildax make motorhomes for a sensible price and at a high level of quality. Callisto, Constellation, Aurora, Europa, Solaris. Mobility alterations.

Wiltshire Motorhomes

The Showroom
Lancaster Rd
Melksham
Wiltshire
SN12 6SS
http://www.wiltshiremotorhomes.co.uk
info@wiltshiremotorhomes.com
WildAx new motorhomes. 2-6 berth motorhomes for hire, including the WildAx Cutie. Also used motorhome sales. Base and habitation service and MoT.