Discover more about the Elnagh Clipper 90 with the Practical Motorhome review

Design

The low-slung Clipper doesn’t have an external step, but doesn’t really need one – hence the cut-out step behind the door to aid access.

The waist-height locker means a lot more effort will be needed to change gas bottles. We felt that the lack of an exterior light on the Elnagh was a bit stingy – almost all other rivals have one.

As you climb into the Elnagh, there’s a definite impression of space thanks to the cut-away cabinet above the fridge and the pale, plain Continental-style upholstery throughout. It has a very pale wood finish and light coloured surfaces to brighten the interior.

The cabinetwork has a distinctly no-frills feel, with flat cabinet doors and traditional push catches for the locker doors, as opposed to domestic-style handles, with curved wood and plastic tambour doors in the other three. It lacks the visual appeal of some rivals, but in practical terms is no worse off. One area where the Elnagh is worse off, however, is in providing only one three-point seat belt in the rear, alongside a single lap belt. We can think of plenty competitors that provide a pair of three-point seat belts for both rear passengers.

A lack of carpet makes the Elnagh feel stark, but it’s a cost option that’s easy to justify given the low starting price.

On the road

Elnagh has gone down the traditional Fiat route, but there are no major issues with this industry favourite. You get electric windows and mirrors although the omission of ABS braking and stability control on these models looks poor compared to motorhomes based on the Renault Master. The lack of an airbag was disappointing, too. Engine-wise, the 2.3JTD diesel is a good unit – a proven performer which is easily capable of lugging this low-slung ’van around.

Lounging & dining

You get a half-dinette with a two-seater sofa facing the end of the table. This gives you lounging space for four and a dining area for two – but ultimately it’s a pretty poor way to relax for the evening. For that reason, the cab seats swivel and provide a far more flexible space for relaxing. This gives access to the table for a minimum of four, or maybe five, diners and comfortable lounging space for four. A dining table slides out to extend the length and allow six people to sit down to eat.

The lack of a large rooflight robs the dinette of natural light during the day and the flat seat cushions in the half-dinette are not as comfortable or supportive as those in rivals from, for example, Adria and Lunar.

The tall back rests and short seat bases also compromise comfort a little.

Kitchen

The Elnagh’s L-shaped kitchen offers a SMEV grill at a sensible eye-level location in place of an overhead locker. This could present problems for smaller operators. There’s a sink behind the seat and a hob against the wall, which leaves precious little space for food preparation unless the sink and hob cover is employed. A large shelf over the fridge, at the opposite side of the walkway, could usefully be used for food preparation, though. Down low, there’s plenty of storage space.

The Elnagh has a Dometic fridge with a freezer compartment inside. The separate freezer is useful, but whether you feel the need for this is a matter of personal choice.

Sleeping

The fixed bed has a one-piece mattresses with a cover that matches the rest of the interior. There are reading lights over the bed head, although there isn’t much storage for glasses, reading books or other bedtime bits and pieces.
The dinette bed has a puzzling series of cushions to arrange, and ultimately they combine to make a bed that isn’t all that flat.

Washroom

The washroom is the most obvious area in which the Elnagh feels its price. The plasticky appearance feels as if it belongs in a different vehicle. The separate shower is big enough and the quality of fit and finish is good, but other ’vans are frankly much better.

Storage

The space under the bed is best accessed from outside, but because the mattress lifts in one piece, access is easier than with split folding-mattresses of some rival ’vans.

The Elnagh has a pair of mains sockets and a shelf for the telly, but no means of securing it while you’re mobile, nor any aerial wiring. Like it or not, these days TVs are a feature of motorcaravanning holidays so this lack of convenience may put off would-be owners.

The Clipper is light on trinkety storage: the little shelves over the fridge are handy but small items may dodge the fiddles and fall onto the floor of the ’van, en route.

Technical specs

Sleeps4
Travel seats3
MTPLM3400kg
Payload755kg
Length6.68m21′11″
Width2.22m7′3″
Height2.65m8′8″
Waste water85L
External Options
GRP sidewalls
Kitchen Equipment
Dometic Fridge, 3-burner gas hob, Separate grill
Washroom
Thetford C-250 toilet, Shower curtain
Heating
Truma Electric/Gas Blown air heater, Truma Electric/Gas water heater

Verdict

The Practical Motorhome review team thinks that the Elnagh Clipper 90 deserves serious consideration thanks to its competitive price, unpretentious interior and good level of specification.

Conclusion

Pros

  • Super value for money
  • Well built
  • Well specified

Cons

  • Few base vehicle options
  • Plasticky washroom
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