The return of the Benimar name to British shores has been an overwhelming success, both for the brand – whose factory in Peñíscola, Spain had some spare capacity available – and for dealer giant Marquis Leisure, which has an exclusive deal to distribute the range in the UK.

Hugely positive reaction from customers to the initial five-model Benimar range in 2015 has prompted Marquis to extend the line-up to 10, covering low-profile fixed-bed models and traditional, family-friendly overcabs. You can read our news story about the Benimar Mileo models launched at the NEC Caravan Camping & Motorhome Show in February 2016 here

The Benimar Mileo 286 is a relatively unorthodox layout, with a rear garage, washroom and kitchen plus a transverse drop-down double bed over the central lounge.

So far it has been selling better than expected, with buyers appreciating the combination of a bed that doesn’t need to be made up every evening, along with a very impressive lounge, a spacious, well-equipped kitchen and masses of storage – all on a 6.99m body length. There’s also a huge kit list, from the 150bhp version of its Fiat Ducato base vehicle’s 2.3-litre turbodiesel, to a standard Winter Pack and Truma’s latest iNet remote control for the 6kW heating system. The latter should make it ideal for year-round European touring.