Check out Practical Motorhome's review of the Benimar Mileo 201, as the UK's biggest dealer Marquis Motorhomes brings this brand back to Britain
Now here’s a name you may soon see more often on UK roads and campsites – Benimar. Marquis Motorhomes, Britain’s biggest dealer group, has signed an exclusive deal to bring a range of Spanish-built Mileo low-profiles into the UK.
Benimar is part of the mighty Trigano group, parent company of leading European brands like Chausson, Roller Team and Auto-Trail, and builds 3000 ’vans a year – from A-classes to van conversions – at its base in the Castellon region.
Marquis will initially import five Mileo models; each layout sports a fixed bed for comfort and convenience. Built to British specification with right-hand drive and the habitation door on the UK nearside, all models are under 3500kg, so they can be driven by anyone with an ordinary car licence.
We grabbed a sneak peek at the Mileo 201, which has a height-adjustable transverse rear bed over a spacious garage. It is crammed with kit and priced from £39,995 on the road.
Cab air conditioning, cruise control and a passenger airbag are all fitted as standard – not as part of an options pack. You also get a multimedia pack – radio/CD with Bluetooth connectivity, steering wheel controls and a reversing camera.
The Benimar Mileo 201 fits a lot in its 5.9m body length, including a double bed, a good-sized kitchen and dinette, and it doesn’t feel cramped inside.
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In the rear bedroom we like this motorhome's simple step-up solution for accessing the fixed bed. It pulls out easily and is more comfortable to use than a ladder.
This new range has been specified for the British market, so not only are these motorhomes right-hand drive, but the gas locker is on the UK nearside, as is the habitation door, giving the Benimar a big advantage over other import brands.
In fact, the Practical Motorhome reviewers think that the Benimar Mileo 201 has a terrific specification for the price as well as an impressive finish – Marquis Motorhomes could have a real hit on its hands with this exciting import.
- It represents great value for money
- It's less than 6m long and 3500kg in weight
- There's a handy and flexible garage
- The toilet is in the shower tray in this compact washroom