Peter BaberSee other motorhome reviews written by Peter Baber
Continental good looks combine with a UK-friendly habitation door to make this a welcome return to the market, says Peter Baber.
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.
On the road
The cab is standard Fiat, although the brown plastic trim on the dashboard looks a bit cheap and out of keeping. Just as well, then, that you also get sat nav - an optional extra that Marquis is including in the price in the UK.
Lounging & dining
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 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 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.
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.
|Layout||Rear single beds|
|Fresh/waste water||120L / 110L|
|Leisure battery||110 Ah|
3-burner gas hob, Extractor fan
Separate shower cubicle
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.
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- Lots of storage space
- Plenty of kit as standard
- Not much payload to play with