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Bailey has added a seventh layout to its mid-market Alliance line-up for the 2019 season. Sarah Wakely finds out what's new in this compact two-berth

Overview

Bailey's new Alliance range caused quite a stir when it was launched during the October 2018 show at the NEC. The Bristol-based company placed the new line-up at the centre of its motorhome offerings, with the Autograph range at the top and the Advance sitting at the entry-level end.

The Alliance was originally available in six layouts, and now a seventh has been added to that tally. Enter the Alliance 59-2, launched at the February 2019 NEC show along with its cousin, the Advance 59-2.

Design

This is the most compact 'van in the range - as with all Bailey's motorhomes, each model's name is an indicator of its length and the number of belted seats available - 5.9m and two, in this case.

One area where the 59-2 differs from other models in the line-up is immediately apparent as you walk in: this 'van has an electrically operated doorstep, in lieu of the lower well in the others. This does make climbing in and out easy, though, and it retracts automatically when the vehicle's engine is started.

On the road

Like the other Alliance motorhomes, the 59-2 sits on a lightweight, low-profile Al-Ko AMC chassis, and is powered by a Peugeot Boxer 2.0HDi 160bhp engine.

We didn't get the chance to drive it during our test, but given that it has a MiRO of just 2680kg, the 59-2 should prove nippy on the road; what's more, that low MiRO means a whopping payload of 820kg, too.

Lounging & dining

The lounge is a good size, and very comfortable for two or more to relax in. The sofa cushions are supportive and deep, and the upholstery colour scheme - Portland - features contrasting fabrics and wine-coloured cushions, and looks high quality.

The effect is well finished with the patterned fabric of the curtains; there are also roller blinds to the windows.

A large free-standing table stands between the sofas; when not in use, it slides into a slot under the nearside sofa. This is handy - it frees up storage space elsewhere in the 'van - but the table is fairly weighty, so you'll need to take care when sliding it in and out.

Kitchen

The 59-2 features the popular end-kitchen layout, and the kitchen in this motorhome is well fitted out. In addition to the Thetford Triplex oven and grill, there's a three-burner hob set into the work surface (which, on the Alliance, is in a practical Natural Slate finish), a stainless-steel sink over which a plastic draining board can sit, a 95-litre fridge with a removable freezer compartment, and an 800W microwave.

Sleeping

Bailey's 59-2 is strictly two-berth - there are also only two belted seats in the 'van - and the sole bed is made up from cushions in the lounge.

The resulting sleeping surface is comfortable and quite flat, as long as you place the cushions that have knee rolls to the head and foot of the bed.

Washroom

This may be a compact 'van, but the washroom is reasonably sized. As you enter, the handbasin lies immediately ahead, with the swivel-bowl cassette toilet to the right. Further to the right is a good-sized separate shower cubicle, complete with two plug holes - handy if you're not pitched level.

Equipment

Peugeot's Boxer cab is well equipped here, with driver and passenger airbags, DAB radio, Peugeot sat nav and concertina blinds. There's also the benefit of a three-year/100,000-mile warranty for assistance in case of any possible problems.

Other equipment fitted in the Alliance 59-2, in line with the rest of the range, includes a Truma 100W solar panel, Fiamma wind-out awning and Truma's Combi 4E heating system.

Technical specs

LayoutEnd kitchen
Sleeps2
Travel seats2
MTPLM3500kg
Payload820kg
Length5.99m19′8″
Width2.49m8′2″
Height2.76m9′1″
Engine (capacity)2000
Fresh/waste water95L / 93.5L
Leisure battery80 Ah
External Options
GRP sidewalls, Electric step, External mains socket output
Kitchen Equipment
Dometic Fridge, 3-burner gas hob, Combined Oven/Grill, Microwave
Washroom
Separate shower cubicle
Heating
Truma Combi heater

Verdict

The tried and tested - and popular - end-kitchen floorpan is a welcome addition to the Alliance line-up, which now offers a wide range of layouts. It's well priced, too - although buyers will need to decide for themselves if it's worth the £35000 premium over the Advance 59-2.

Conclusion

Pros

  • Electrically operated doorstep that retracts automatically when the vehicle's engine is started

Cons

  • Buyers will need to decide whether the Alliance is worth the £3500 premium over the Advance 59-2

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