It’s good to see these highly versatile ‘vans being given a more UK-friendly habitation door positioning. Marquis has also thrown in a whole load of really useful extras, and the P65 has gallons of storage above and below the fixed beds, too. It’s a shame that the fairly meagre payload means you might need to be careful how you make use of it.
That issue aside, this is an attractive coachbuilt motorhome (both inside and out) that looks and feels both modern and stylish – the 160bhp engine is a real bonus, too.
If you liked this… READ THESE
If you’ve enjoyed reading this article, why not get the latest news, reviews and features delivered direct to your door or inbox every month. Take advantage of our brilliant Practical Motorhome magazine SUBSCRIBERS’ OFFER and SIGN UP TO OUR NEWSLETTER for regular weekly updates on all things motorhome related.
Lots of storage space
Plenty of kit as standard
Not much payload to play with
Italian brand Mobilvetta was brought back to the UK by Marquis Leisure a few seasons ago. Initially, the only models were its Tekno Line K Yacht A-classes, until last year saw the arrival of three Kea P low-profiles.
This season, the Kea P’s are back, with a new selling point – a habitation door on the right side for UK drivers. The layouts are the same. We’re taking a look at the P65, with fixed single beds.
This motorhome has a double floor, so there’s a step up into the lounge, but there is a grab handle. You come into a very white, glossy interior, with a high-gloss table, pale grey upholstery and off-white locker doors.
There is an L-shaped settee, with two belted seats for the UK, and a side sofa, but the latter is not as substantial as on the P67, because the designers have made room for in-line single beds.
At night, the interior is brightly lit by LEDs under the drop-down bed and Mobilvetta’s characteristic blue ambient lighting behind the lockers. However, the TV bracket and sockets are over by the door. In that position, a TV can really only be viewed from the swivelled cab seats and the small side seat – certainly not the main settee.
There is only one mains socket in the lounge, so if you need power for anything else, you might have to trail a cable into the kitchen.
The kitchen looks sophisticated, with an induction hob and two gas burners. You also get an extractor fan, a large sink and a trap-door that lifts to reveal a bin. But that means the worktop itself isn’t particularly big.
The lockers are half-shelved, but some of the space is taken up with the vent for the extractor fan.
Apart from sociability, the benefits of an L-shaped kitchen are more apparent when it comes to storage.
The shower cubicle on the offside comes with a clothes drying rail, roof vent and plenty of LED lighting. The nearside washroom includes a circular basin, with a towel rail in front of a swing-out cupboard. There’s another cupboard above the opaque window behind the toilet. The toilet is on the nearside, so you might have to remove the cassette inside any awning.
The bedroom is partitioned off by a folding door, and the nearside part of the washroom by a tambour door.
The fixed single beds are high, but easy to get into. They are comfortable, with well-padded headboards, but headroom isn’t great. The mirrored shelf in between includes USBs and a mains socket.
Between the beds, the cushioned area is supposed to be a child’s ed. But if you remove this, you have a flat spot that would be the perfect place for a tray, for breakfast in bed.
The drop-down bed over the lounge is easy to lower, but it does partially obstruct the habitation door.
Storage is a bit of a dilemma. There is lots, including a rear garage that has its own light and a mains socket, and two skirting lockers on the outside alone.
The fixed-bed layout gives you six lockers in the rear bedroom, as well as two large cupboards under the beds. But you’ll need to watch the payload; the limit is only 270kg.
|Shipping Length||7.38 m|