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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

Overview

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. 

Design

Based on the Fiat Ducato, with a low-frame Al-Ko 
AMC chassis, the bodyshell construction utlises Styrofoam-extruded polystyrene foam, a hail-resistant roof and GRP-skinned underfloor, held together by interlocking aluminium extrusions and comes with Pilote’s five-year waterproofing guarantee.

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

The G740 G is just under 7.5 metres long, with an all-up weight of 3500kg and a decent 465kg user payload. Our test ’van had the GB Enhancement Pack (£909), which adds polyester sidewall panels, driver and passenger airbags, carpets, combination oven and grill and 6kW Truma Combi 
space and water heater.

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

The cab door is on the UK passenger side. The smart Aguti cab seats are finished in the same beige and chocolate trim as the lounge upholstery, a colour scheme that goes well with the mid-toned cabinetwork. The L-shaped seating has a wide single sofa on the offside, while a large rooflight behind the drop-down bed, and two windows on either side of the lounge, allow plenty of natural light.

Kitchen

With ivory worktops, black splashbacks and mood lighting, the L-shaped kitchen looks classy. It’s well equipped, too, with three gas burners, combination oven and grill and a large fridge/freezer. Drawers, a large overhead locker and drinks cabinet offer storage.

Sleeping

The bedroom features a transverse bed, accessed via two steps. A small window on the offside, plus a roof light, lets in daylight. A manually operated drop-down double bed is located above the lounge; this is retained by a leather strap and is easy to operate.

Washroom

The washroom is between the kitchen and bedroom and comprises a swivelling toilet, a basin and storage next to the vanity unit and beneath the basin. The washroom door can be used to close off the bedroom area from the front of the ’van.

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.

Storage

In addition to the large 
rear garage, which can be accessed from both sides of the vehicle, there is a good selection of overhead lockers, drawers and cubbies, plus a three-quarter length wardrobe. A large pull-out locker, which has it own lid, is provided on the nearside exterior of the ’van.

Technical specs

LayoutVan conversion, transverse bed
Sleeps4
Travel seats4
MTPLM3500kg
Payload465kg
Length7.49m24′7″
Width2.3m7′7″
Height2.85m9′4″
Engine (capacity)2300
Engine (power)150
Fresh/waste water130L / 95L
Leisure battery90 Ah
Gas bottle size11kg
Number of gas bottles2
External Options
GRP sidewalls
Washroom
Thetford C-250 toilet, Separate shower cubicle, Bi-fold shower door

Verdict

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. 

Conclusion

Pros

  • Superb value for money
  • Underfloor heating and insulation for all-year touring
  • The fixed double bed is massive!

Cons

  • Habitation door is on the offside in the UK – best for Continental touring
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