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If you're looking for cheaper luxury motorhomes, read Practical Motorhome's review and verdict on the 2015 Pilote Galaxy G740 G Sensation A-class
French firm Pilote has reorganised its portfolio for the 2015 season into three low-profile ranges – A-class line-ups Galaxy and Diamond, plus the low-profile Pacific – and one van conversion range (Foxy Van). All vehicles are based on the sixth-generation Fiat Ducato. Galaxy and Pacific models are available in three trim levels (Essentiel, Sensation and Emotion), so buyers have plenty of choice when it comes to kit and options.
Pilote enjoys a reputation for build quality and sells at four UK dealerships, including Davan Caravans & Motorhomes in Weston-Super-Mare. The company regularly figures in our Motorhome of the Year awards – its Exporateur Diamond Edition G832LCE won the gong for Best Luxury Motorhome over 3500kg in 2013. Explorateur is no more, now that Diamond is a range in itself. We have reviewed many motorhomes from Pilote over the years and you can read our older Pilote motorhome reviews online.
Pilote A-class buyers looking to spend less will find plenty to get excited about in the new Galaxy range. One model that should prove popular is the four-berth G740 G, with a rear transverse bed above a rather large garage, or ‘boot’ as Pilote prefers to call it.
The G740 G also boasts a 14.9cm double service floor, which is heated and insulated to prevent the onboard water tanks from freezing. The insulation also reduces road noise and the heating warms the floor – at the same level for cab, lounge and kitchen.
On the road
Also specified with the 150bhp engine upgrade (£840), our test ’van had plenty of power available, and was pleasing to drive, with good visibility, assured handling and a reversing camera for manoeuvring.
Lounging & dining
A shower cubicle is located opposite the washroom. It’s well lined and sealed, with a rooflight, LED light and a pair of bi-fold doors. There’s space for lotions and soap in the plastic moulding behind the shower head mount.
|Layout||Van conversion, transverse bed|
|Fresh/waste water||130L / 95L|
|Leisure battery||90 Ah|
|Gas bottle size||11kg|
|Number of gas bottles||2|
Thetford C-250 toilet, Separate shower cubicle, Bi-fold shower door
Well made, with an excellent spec for the price, the Pilote Galaxy G740 G Sensation should offer years of happy touring. We particularly enjoyed the fixed bed, comfortable lounge and fully featured washroom, plus the flexibility of a drop-down bed.
- Superb value for money
- Underfloor heating and insulation for all-year touring
- The fixed double bed is massive!
- Habitation door is on the offside in the UK – best for Continental touring