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With two double beds in a compact motorhome body, the Roller Team T-Line 590 looks as if it gives incredible value – read Practical Motorhome's verdict

Overview

The T-Line 590 was our stand-out ’van from Roller Team’s 2014 season launch event – “Good things do come in little packages,” we’d noted. One year on and we’ve got our hands on a 2015 model, boasting an updated base vehicle, plus improved kit and options. 

We borrowed our test vehicle from Davan Caravans & Motorhomes in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, and Roller Team has a good network of motorhome stockists around the UK

Design

Roller Team is part of France’s Trigano Group and builds its motorhomes near Poggibonsi in Tuscany. T-Line is the firm’s upmarket offering and, like its sister ranges, serves up Italian design flair and a generous specification in an attractive, affordable package.

The 590 is a sub-6m front lounge/end washroom four-berth based on a low-line Fiat Ducato chassis. The sixth-generation cab looks sharp, and its metallic graphite finish is referenced in the dark-grey side skirts and two-tone decals on the brilliant white sidewalls.

Not all the changes are cosmetic. A new gear-shift indicator will encourage economical driving, while a suite of driving aids – ESC, hill-hold and Traction Plus – is standard. The cab radio is an upgraded Fiat unit with built-in TomTom sat-nav, plus USB and Bluetooth connectivity.

On the road

On the road, the Roller Team T-Line 590 is engaging and fun to drive. The compact footprint and low chassis give assured handling, and the power-to-weight ratio (a 130bhp engine married to a MiRO of 2750kg) provides plenty of grunt. Road noise is not beyond the ordinary, with only occasional rattles from the habitation area.

Although UK T-Line models are right-hand drive, the habitation doors are on the UK offside, so care must be taken by departing passengers. The low chassis eases entry, as does a sturdy grabhandle on the left.

Lounging & dining

The 590 sports a clever layout that makes a lot of the available space, comprising a front lounge, a kitchen split width-ways and an end washroom. The big lounge has seating for six (with the cab seats rotated) around a sliding tabletop. Windows to either side allow in ample natural light, assisted by the panoramic sunroof across the cab. For evenings, there are LED lights in the underside of the drop-down bed.

Kitchen

European manufacturers have to modify their kitchens for the UK market, and Roller Team has made a good effort here. On the offside, a combined oven and grill sits above a 175-litre fridge with separate freezer compartment – a generous solution for two people. Opposite there’s the typical L-shaped worktop, here with three gas burners and a sink with a mixer tap. Below is a range of storage options, plus a waste bin – which is welcome because there isn’t one in the habitation door.

Sleeping

The drop-down bed is operated electrically and can be deployed quickly. It can be fully lowered for a couple touring together with no others on board. Alternatively, just have the drop-down bed half-lowered, which allows the lounge table to be dropped and the seating rearranged to provide another double bed. This makes the T-Line 590 a viable option for couples shopping for a compact motorhome with the flexibility of extra berths.

The drop-down bed measures 2.16m x 1.25m (7'1" x 4'1"). The double bed below it is 1.91m x 1.38m (6'3" x 4'6").

Washroom

The Roller Team T-Line 590’s end washroom will please many prospective purchasers. A shower compartment is on the nearside, while a toilet and wardrobe are opposite. The basin is in between, flanked above and below by storage. Behind the mirror is a shallow cupboard and there is also a handy storage cubby under the frosted window – presumably, it’s meant to be a laundry basket, but it is shallow. A half-length wardrobe is mounted next to the swivel-seat toilet.

Storage

With a payload of 750kg, the T-Line 590 can swallow plenty of touring kit. A large storage compartment on the offside houses the ladder for the drop-down bed, and has tip-up shelves for changing the storage arrangement.

Equipment

Two options packs were fitted to our test ’van: the Lux Pack (£699 for a colour reversing camera, 100W solar panel, bike rack and 95Ah auxiliary leisure battery) and the Driver’s Pack (£999 for cab air conditioner, cruise control, multi-function steering wheel and passenger airbag).

Technical specs

LayoutRear washroom
Sleeps4
Travel seats4
MTPLM3500kg
Payload750kg
Length5.9m19′4″
Width2.3m7′7″
Height2.8m9′2″
Engine (capacity)2300
Engine (power)130
Fresh/waste water100L / 105L
Leisure battery95 Ah
Gas bottle size11kg
Number of gas bottles2
External Options
GRP sidewalls
Kitchen Equipment
3-burner gas hob, Combined Oven/Grill
Washroom
Thetford C-250 toilet, Separate shower cubicle

Verdict

Roller Team squeezes a lot into its T-Line 590. Four berths, a split kitchen and end washroom make it very flexible. The base vehicle upgrades and 10-year bodyshell integrity warranty add value to this keenly priced ’van. 

The Roller Team T-Line 590 is a stylish, attractive and affordable package.

Conclusion

Pros

  • Both double beds are a good length
  • It's incredibly good value for money
  • Roller Team has squeezed a lot into this clever layout
  • It's ideal for a couple, with occasional guests
  • The T-Line 590 is stylish and affordable

Cons

  • The drop-down bed is cosy for two, at 4'1
  • The habitation door is on the UK offside
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