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The exterior decals are squarely aimed at the British market: traditional brown-on-white graphics appear smart and understated. This is a classy-looking ’van whose smooth, low-profile lines are complemented by the neat paintwork. Rear corner steadies and an awning are standard on all ELs, and the awning light will aid entry to and from the motorhome in the dark.
External storage space is impressive: the gas locker is big enough for two 13kg propane bottles, and also allows room for a water hose. The primary external locker is located on the driver’s side. It’s a long, slim unit with ample space for your hook-up cable and levelling ramps. All-round central locking is standard equipment.
On the road
The cab is a comfortable place to sit during lengthy journeys. There is plenty of room to store maps and the like in the small storage shelf above the cab, although we rued the inclusion of only one cup holder in the cab area. The passenger airbag is a £212 option.
Lounging & dining
The dining area is created by the addition of a free-standing table which is stored in the wardrobe. However, this is a little too large: we found that access to the oven was impeded when the table was in place.
There is also a small, one-legged table that can be erected alongside the accommodation door. It is ideal for cups of tea or as an additional dining place.
A waste bin lives inside the vertical cupboard below the sink but we found it too small. Also, we would have liked the inclusion of an extractor fan above the hob as standard (it is a £136 option).
The water pump is operated via the touch-screen digital control panel positioned alongside the kitchen. It is a clever device that allows you to operate everything from the clock to the levelling monitor – handy for allowing you to see instantly how level your ’van is when on uneven ground.
We toured during sub-zero temperatures and so were glad of the efficient Trumatic gas/electric heating system. Two blown-air vents (one of which is under the bed) kept us warm during the coldest of nights.
There are three plugholes in the washroom area, too, so your waste water drains away quickly. Two light units mean that, despite there not being a window, there is still plenty of light by which to wash. Our one criticism would be that there is no extractor fan in this area and it becomes excessively warm when the blown-air heating is operating.
There is another large locker positioned above the cab and that will swallow two suitcases. There are also useful coat-hooks positioned alongside the accommodation door – a handy feature which is too often overlooked.
Storage space in the kitchen is less impressive: there is one locker above the sink, which is perfect for storing cans and the like, as well as a cutlery drawer with small cupboard below. We would have appreciated at least one more cupboard for storing other foodstuffs, though.
Dometic Fridge, 3-burner gas with electric hot plate, Combined Oven/Grill
Thetford C-250 toilet, Separate shower cubicle
The Sigma EL comes extremely close to earning a five-star rating from us. Its layout will work extremely well for two adults who prefer to tour long-term – even during the winter season.
- Spacious, well-designed layout; efficient heating system; generous living space and storage.
- Waste water tank is relatively small; not a great deal of storage space in bathroom.