If you’re unfamiliar with the Benimar motorhome brand, don’t be too hard on yourself, for its presence here in the UK has been intermittent over the years. It flourished for a while during the favourable years of the euro, but faltered when Sterling rediscovered its mojo, to the extent that it eventually disappeared for a while.

Now, though, this stylish and youthful brand, part of the giant Trigano Group, is back with a vengeance, with a new importer – Marquis Motorhomes – and a whole new look. Only one range is being offered here: the Mileo. However the comprehensive line-up comprises all manner of typically European layouts, with prices ranging from just under £44,000 to a whisker under £50,000.

All models run on the latest Euro V compatible Fiat Ducato base vehicle and use the proven 2.3-litre 130bhp engine allied to a six-speed manual gearbox. Fiat’s popular Comfort Matic automatic is, however, available as an option.

The Benimar Mileo 231 tested here adopts the familiar longitudinal French-bed layout, complete with adjoining corner washroom and an L-shaped central lounge boosted by swivelling cab seats. Impressively for a motorhome from a Continental factory, the habitation entrance door is fitted to the UK nearside.