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Check out the 2016 season updates to the UK’s best-selling dealer specials, with a look at a rear-lounge three-berth in our Marquis Majestic 135 review

Overview

The Marquis Majestic is the best-selling dealer-special motorhome range in the UK. Based on the biggest-sellers in the Elddis Accordo, Autoquest and Encore ranges, Majestics add a selection of desirable extras for affordable prices.

In total, 14 models are available, from two- to six-berths, on body lengths ranging from 5.7m to 7.4m. There are 13 low-profiles and one overcab coachbuilt.

Introduced last year, the three-berth Accordo-based 135 was the first 2016 model available for review, so we’ll look at the layout of this flexible vehicle plus the upgrades to the Majestic specification.

Design

As is the case with all Majestics, bodyshells are built using the Elddis SoLiD (strong, light and dry) bonded construction system, which was adopted in 2012. We haven’t had enough robust data on the performance of SoLiD from our Owner Satisfaction Survey thus far, but the method is widely regarded as very effective at reducing instances of water ingress.

Majestics break from the Accordo mould with smart silver sidewall graphics that incorporate a gold-crown logo – a smart ensemble. And it rides close to the ground, so the habitation door doesn’t have an entrance step.

On the road

All Majestics are based on the Peugeot Boxer, here retaining the manufacturer’s motorhome-specific chassis for optimum handling. The engines are 2.2-litre Ford-derived units producing 130bhp, which is upped to 150bhp for the dealer specials.

The Boxer does not offer an automatic transmission option, but buyers who require one could try Marquis’s other dealer-special range: the Fiat Ducato-based Lifestyle, manufactured by Swift.

Lounging & dining

The Marquis Majestic 135 is a rear-lounge two-berth with a single berth in the lounge. The front dinette provides the other living area, and will seat four people with the rotating cab seats deployed. Plenty of natural light comes in via a cab skylight and windows that flank the lounge.

For meals or snacks, the round table will suffice. The dinette is ideal for a couple, but comfortably accommodates four.

At the rear, a U-shaped lounge provides the main space for relaxing. Windows on three sides and a rooflight make it a bright and sociable space. LED spotlights illuminate the four reading positions, while a TV stand with all the necessary connections is fitted to the offside washroom wall. The cushions and seat bases are made by Ozio, and are 30% lighter than conventional foam cushions.

Kitchen

The nearside kitchen between the lounges is the centre of the catering operation. It has a dual-fuel fridge with a separate freezer, a combined oven and grill, and a microwave. Workspace is enhanced by the glass lid and the infill for the circular sink.

A window provides illumination for cooks, supported by a pair of task lights on the underside of the overhead lockers. Food smells will be cleared quickly by the rooflight’s built-in extractor fan.

Sleeping

Sleeping accommodation is offered by a large make-up double in the rear lounge. Sliding slat frames are pulled into the gangway from both seat bases, and the cushions are arranged to create a mattress. The whole process takes less than a couple of minutes.

A third, occasional, berth in the front dinette is set up by rotating the driver’s seat and inserting a grey infill cushion on top of the lowered lounge table.

Washroom

The washroom in the Marquis Majestic 135 is opposite the kitchen and features a corner vanity unit with two mirrors, a swivel electric-flush toilet and a shower. The shower tray doubles as the washroom floor, and the 90-litre fresh-water tank will be ample for showering; users of full-facility sites can employ it as a back-up.

Storage

Storage is plentiful in the 135, which has a 648kg user payload. Of the 11 overhead lockers, six are in the rear lounge alone and two in the kitchen.

Items can be loaded into the rear lounge area, via a hatch on the motorhome’s rear wall. The sofa bases are hinged so they can be lifted to reveal sizeable storage spaces on either side.

Equipment

Majestic specification adds a slew of desirable items for a £4146 premium. These include a wind-out canopy awning, a cab skylight, graphite press-stud drop-in carpets, a directional TV aerial, a dual-fuel hob and a winter pack (bringing heated water tanks and insulated piping).

Base vehicle upgrades include a 150bhp engine, a silver-metallic cab, ASR, daytime running lights, cruise control, a passenger airbag, automatic climate control, a colour reversing camera, sat-nav and a DAB radio with Bluetooth hands-free connectivity plus USB and aux inputs.

Technical specs

Sleeps3
Travel seats4
MTPLM3300kg
Payload648kg
Length5.99m19′8″
Width2.6m8′6″
Height2.72m8′11″
Engine (power)150
Fresh/waste water90L / 70L
Leisure battery110 Ah
Gas tank size7kg
Number of gas tank compartments2

Verdict

In Majestic guise, the compact but capable 135 is an attractive upgrade from the Elddis Accordo. The Majestic spec bumps for 2016 retain the appeal of the range, so if you have the budget, we think that the decision to trade up will be an easy one. And to see other Elddis and Elddis-based motorhomes for sale, click here.

Conclusion

Pros

  • It has an attractive kit list
  • Storage is excellent
  • The double bed is comfy and easy to make up

Cons

  • You can't get an automatic transmission
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