In the past few years, compact motorhomes have really grown in popularity, and for good reason: they’re easier to drive and park, command less of a premium on ferry crossings, and generally have an MTPLM equal to or less than the magic 3500kg figure – therefore can be driven with a category B licence.

No wonder, then, that Marquis Leisure – sole UK importer for popular Spanish brand Benimar – has chosen to retail the compact, new-for-2019 Mileo 283 via its extensive dealer network.

This sub-6m motorhome is also hugely UK-friendly – the accommodation door being on the ‘correct’ side is just one example – and it has a rear lounge.

It’s a layout found in a couple of other ‘vans built by British firms – not least Swift, which produces the Escape Compact C402 (winner of the Best Compact Motorhome gong in our last awards).

But how would the Mileo compare with British-built rivals? We took it away for a long weekend to find out.