Like the classic Italian film with which it shares its name, the La Strada brand has gained a cachet in Britain, even among those who may not be totally familiar with it.

The German company’s long absence in the UK market ended last year when Webbs Motor Caravans took it on. So is the hype all worth it?

Here we are reviewing La Strada’s Regent L. It’s one of two ’vans built on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, and both have an £80,000-plus price tag. This example is £64,876 OTR, £82,651 as tested.

Such a price seems all the more surprising if you look on the outside. The large roof may house a bed, but it makes the ’van look top-heavy, even if it does drive superbly, thanks in part to the seven-speed automatic gearbox fitted to our model.

The plain ‘Regent’ lettering on the back is very utilitarian. But notice the sliding door: it’s on the ‘right’ side for UK driving. Last time La Strada was in Britain this layout was so popular that it has kept the orientation.

The Regent L is a two-berth, and our test model had heated cab seats, cruise control and a stereo.