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Motorhome review: WildAx Pulsar campervan

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Key Features

  • Model Year : 2020
  • Class : High top
  • Base Vehicle : Citroën Relay
  • Engine Size : 2.0TD
  • Maximum Weight (Kg) : 3300
  • Berths : 2
  • Layout : Front Lounge

WildAx View more details about the manufacturer of this vehicle over in our manufacturers section.

AT A GLANCE

Base vehicle: Citroen Relay Price from: £51,674 (ex-works) Berths: 2 Travel seats: 4 Length: 5.00m Width: 2.05m Height: 2.75m Gross weight: 3,300kg Payload: 400kg

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

Model Year
2020
Manufacturer
WildAx
Class
High top
Range
No Range
Base Vehicle
Citroën Relay
Engine Size
2.0TD
Payload (kg)
400
Belted Seats
4
Maximum weight (kg)
3300
Price from (£)
51995
Length (m)
5.00
Width (m)
2.05
Height (m)
2.75
Berths
2
Main Layout
Front Lounge
Price from (€)
Campervan Test Date

DETAILED REVIEW

Don't be confused by the Citroën badge, this is another Sevel van, built in the same factory as the Fiat Ducato and Peugeot Boxer.

It shares its engine – 2.2-litre, Euro 6d, 140bhp – with the latter.

Much more important than the logo is the length. You’ll see more Sevel-based campers measuring 5.99m long than any other size, but the 6.36m extra-long version is increasingly popular and 5.41m models exist in reasonable number for those with limited parking, too.

What you’ll struggle to find in campervan brochures is a short-wheelbase Fiat, Peugeot or Citroën, the five-metre model, but here is such a beast. As such it’s barely longer than vans from the next size down – VW T6, Ford Transit Custom – though its additional height makes a pop-top version a bit nonsensical. WildAx’s Pulsar, therefore, comes with a high-top for full standing room and insulation (to Grade III standard).

Heated and insulated water tanks further the argument that this diminutive camper can be used all year round, while the squarer, wider body of the Relay van (compared with, say, a T6) means that it’s surprisingly spacious inside.

That interior space has been put to good use to include four travel seats and a fully equipped galley as well as, crucially, a proper walk-in washroom - all in a five-metre-long campervan!

Behind a tambour door, you’ll find a practical space with the superior Dometic loo and – in the latest Pulsar – a teardrop-shaped fixed basin as WildAx has been eradicating old-fashioned tip-up washbasins from its range. There’s even a separate tap and showerhead.

If the washroom impresses by its very existence in a camper of this size, the kitchen strikes you most with its generous area of worktop. And that’s not because the spec has been pared to the bone – there’s a three-burner hob and a Thetford Duplex oven/grill.

Only the 60-litre three-way fridge (with simple push-button ignition for its gas function) is inferior to that found in larger rivals.

Up front, sliding doors on both sides are another surprise – great when you’re carrying passengers as they can always alight on the pavement side, and equally appealing in warmer weather when you want a breeze through the camper.

The doors open onto the living area with twin forward-facing rear travel seats and, of course, a pair of swivel cab seats.

The back seats seem comfortable enough despite being flat for bed-making, thanks to raked backrests and scatter cushions, but they are noticeably lower than the cab seats. Perhaps this is the Pulsar’s biggest compromise.

Under the rear seats you’ll find the Truma Combi 4E gas/mains boiler on the nearside and the leisure battery (plus a small amount of storage) on the offside.

Your bedding can probably be squeezed into the overcab locker and, when you consider all the upper cupboards (with positive locking catches), you shouldn’t be short of room for two people’s clothes and clobber.

Standard spec is good, too, with sat-nav, cab air-con, reversing camera, alloy wheels and metallic paint.

The WildAx lowdown

In 2017, WildAx was acquired by the French Rapido Group, where the British brand joins a portfolio of specialist campervan marques including Dreamer, Stylevan and Westfalia.

Unlike many of its rivals, who sell only from their own factory premises, WildAx retails its motorhomes through a nationwide network of dealers as well as from its own site in Elland, near Huddersfield.

It builds a range of van conversions based primarily on Fiat Ducato and its sister light commercial, the Citroën Relay, but also the Renault Master, Mercedes Sprinter and the more compact Ford Transit Custom (in SWB and LWB form).

All of its vehicles have European Whole Vehicle Type Approval as well as National Caravan Council approval.

In addition to new and used campervan sales, WildAx offers hire, so you can try before you buy. Also, unusually, it offers family-friendly bunk bed layout campers.

WildAx dealers number eight in England, plus Kelly Mobility in Dublin. You’ll see its campervans at ES Hartley (Cumbria and Ellesmere Port), Maple Garage (Hull), Becks (Norfolk), Nick Whale (Worcestershire), Wiltshire Motorhomes, Southern Motorhome Centre (Reading) and Highbridge (Devon).

 

Caledonian Campers Ltd

582
Glasgow Rd
Clydebank
Glasgow
G81 1NH
http://www.caledoniancampers.co.uk
[email protected]
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
[email protected]
Hillside, Hobby, Jobl, Lunar, PLA, Roller Team, WildAx new motorhomes. Service centre. Branch in Cumbria also.

E S Hartley Motorhomes (Cumbria)


Ings
Nr Kendal
Cumbria
LA8 9PY
http://www.eshartleygroup.co.uk
[email protected]
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
[email protected]
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
[email protected]
Auto-Sleepers, McLouis and WildAx dealers. Motorhomes for sale. Finance available. Base & habitation service, MoT.

Southern Motorhome Centre


Kiln Lane
Bracknell
Berkshire
RG12 1NA
http://www.southernmotorhomes.co.uk
[email protected]
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
[email protected]
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
[email protected]
WildAx new motorhomes. 2-6 berth motorhomes for hire, including the WildAx Cutie. Also used motorhome sales. Base and habitation service and MoT.