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

Overview

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.

Design

Like its siblings, the Benimar Mileo 201 is based on the sixth-generation Fiat Ducato with a 2.3-litre 130bhp engine and a six-speed manual gearbox (our pictures show the demonstrator ’van, which is built on the 2014 Fiat cab). A colour-coded front bumper and daytime running lights give the front end a smart look. Bodyshell construction uses GRP on both sides of the habitation walls, and on the roof, which all helps keep the vehicle’s weight down. Insulation is XPS waterproof extruded polystyrene.

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.

Lounging & dining

The lounge of the Benimar Mileo 201 is pretty cosy. Comfortable two-tone leather seating was fitted to our test ’van. It references the dark woods and light worktops and makes for a pleasant interior.

Kitchen

The Benimar Mileo 201’s generous kitchen specification includes two gas burners, a 90-litre fridge, a sink and a microwave oven.

Sleeping

The transverse rear bed measures 2m x 1.4m. There are windows on both sides of the ’van, plus mirrors under the overhead lockers.

Washroom

The midships washroom is compact but well laid out, with all the essentials. The shower has double drain holes and storage is good.

Storage

It's always a bonus if you have a garage in your motorhome and this one is really flexible. When on site, lower the bed for ease of use. In transit, you can raise the bed height to give more headroom in the rear garage.

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.

Technical specs

Sleeps2
Travel seats4
MTPLM3500kg
Payload596kg
Length5.99m19′8″
Width2.3m7′7″
Height2.89m9′6″
Waste water122L
External Options
GRP sidewalls

Verdict

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.

Conclusion

Pros

  • It represents great value for money
  • It's less than 6m long and 3500kg in weight
  • There's a handy and flexible garage

Cons

  • The toilet is in the shower tray in this compact washroom
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