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The Practical Motorhome Bessacarr E665 review – does this Swift Group 'van hit the spot?

Design

The E665 is a shapely ’van: its overcab moulding grafts seamlessly to the caravan body and it has the kind of light cluster, flowing lines and scoops that Jeremy Clarkson would go a bundle for on a sports car. There is a push-button electric step, and the fresh-water tank is insulated and has rigid waste pipes with wide-bore drain valves.

Inside, the floor is fully level and removable carpets are installed throughout the living area. The overcab bed is supported by gas struts, making it easy to move up and down. There's a half-dinette in the front lounge area, and Bessacarr has taken the simple but welcome measure of installing a lock on its washroom door.

On the road

The E665 is built on a Fiat LWB Ducato chassis and at its heard is the familiar 2.3-litre 130 MultiJet engine, which can be upgraded to the 3-litre 160 version.

In the cab, there are drop-in carpets, nicely upholstered seats with armrests, and blinds at the windows. The dashboard trim is an attractive, light wood, and there are two small spotlights above the cab seats – ideal when they are in lounge mode.

A four-speaker radio/CD/MP3 player is fitted as standard, as is an airbag on the driver's side.

Lounging & dining

The dining table can be left up in transit, or removed and stashed in a dedicated locker at the foot of the fixed bed. It has a single leg that clips onto a wall rail and a leaf which extends the eating surface to 137 x 50cm. This extension brings the side sofa into play and, with the cab seats swivelled, five can comfortably dine here. With the table top at 75cm, there’s plenty of room to get your legs under it.

Kitchen

The kitchen offers an oven and separate grill, three gas hobs plus an electric hotplate that will help you get best value out of the electricity you’ve paid for on a campsite. A microwave oven is included as standard and this kitchen boasts clever, moulded, rotating storage trays under the sink and overhead. However, due to the area’s L-shape, there is very little workspace. You do get a chopping board which doubles as a sink cover, and a clip-on drainer.

Sleeping

Bessacarr has focused plenty of energy on the practicality and comfort of the rear corner sleeping berth, so this is where a lot of the best attention to detail is found. It does have a substantial corner cutaway, and at its narrowest the mattress is only 90cm wide. It is a one-piece, domestic-quality mattress with an aluminium-framed, slatted base. Its hydraulic supports make for easy access to the under-bed storage area.

The overcab bed has 62cm of headroom, with a side window and a single strip light in the corner. When the bed base is raised on its gas struts, there is space in the moulded tray beneath to store objects.

Washroom

The corner washroom has two folding partition doors, which create a shower of 55 x 80cm, a duckboard floor, and a door lock. It also has a big, wooden, overhead locker for toiletries and the like.

Storage

The E665 has a significant payload advantage over some rivals thanks to its four-tonne chassis rating. The all-important under-bed storage space is user-friendly thanks to a reasonably-sized 75 x 30cm external locker door. The gas struts which support the entire mattress are easy-up and self supporting, so it’s a breeze to get at gear stashed here. The coat hooks by the entry door are a nice touch, too.

Technical specs

Sleeps4
Travel seats4
MTPLM4005kg
Payload645kg
Length7.08m23′3″
Width2.35m7′9″
Height3.05m10′
Waste water68L
External Options
Aluminium sidewalls, Electric step
Kitchen Equipment
Dometic Fridge, 3-burner gas with electric hot plate, Oven, Separate grill, Microwave
Washroom
Thetford C-250 toilet, Bi-fold shower door
Heating
Truma Gas/Electric heater, Truma Electric/Gas water heater

Verdict

Well built and stylish – the Swift Group has raised the bar a fraction yet again.

Conclusion

Pros

  • Eye-catching exterior and interior design; excellent level of standard equipment.

Cons

  • Very little workspace in the kitchen.
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