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Clever and compact, the brilliantly named and excellently executed Pilote Foxy Van V540G could be all the motorhome you ever need – read on to find out why
Whatever its origins, all of us at Practical Motorhome think that ‘Foxy Van’ is a fantastic name for a motorcaravan. And the latest addition to the Pilote range is bang on trend, too – joining a succession of new-for-2016 5.4m-long van conversions to appear in our buyer’s guide this season. The V540G joins the V600 and V630, so the popular lengths of Fiat’s Ducato vans are all covered in the range.
Our test ’van, with extras including alloy wheels (£562) and metallic paint (£555), certainly looked sharp. Subtle side graphics and dark glass windows rounded off the exterior look. Living area insulation is down to 20mm aluminium foil-lined fibreglass panels.
On the road
The V540G’s short body length (just 12cm longer than a long-wheelbase VW Transporter) makes it easy to park and pitch. Driven close to its unladen weight, it was pleasing to drive, with a wheel at each corner offering assured handling. In transit, there was little noise from the conversion to bother the driver, and two belted travel seats feature in the half-dinette lounge.
Lounging & dining
A pair of gas burners sits next to a small stainless steel sink with a mixer tap, itself located above a 65-litre compressor fridge. There’s no lid for the sink to use for additional work surface while cooking, but a tip-up worktop extension is available.
In use, the bed’s comfortable foam mattress perches on sprung slats. A pair of reading lights is fixed to the underside of the offside rear overhead lockers (for those who prefer electronic entertainment, the TV bracket in the dinette has a folding arm to direct the screen rearwards).
With its wooden infill removed, the floor becomes the shower tray; washroom equipment also features a swivelling cassette toilet, fold-down sink and several recesses for lotions and potions. It’s a good use of the available space, but will favour those built for speed rather than comfort.
Around the motorhome you’ll also find five overhead lockers, an overcab cubby, a hidden compartment in the dinette, and cupboards and drawers in the kitchen, plus a clever sliding wardrobe in the bedroom.
In addition, our test ’van was fitted with a 3500kg chassis (£600), front fog and daytime running lights (£372), the cabin pack (£372), 16in alloy wheels (£562), metallic paint (£555), a black radiator grille (£222), feather imitation leather upholstery (£372), the Sound+ system (adding a radio/DVD player with Bluetooth and USB connectivity, plus a screen for the reversing camera, which costs £1102), a large flyscreen door (£304), a cycle rack (£220) and Truma Combi 6 electric heating (£646).
|Fresh/waste water||110L / 80L|
|Leisure battery||105 Ah|
|Gas tank size||13kg|
|Number of gas tank compartments||2|
2-burner gas hob
The many cost option upgrades to our V540G test ’van couldn’t obscure a sound design and quality build. This Foxy Van’s layout is available elsewhere, but Pilote’s version is up there with the best.
It’s an easy-to-drive, easy-to-park, go-anywhere vehicle for couples who want to keep things compact. If you can cope without an oven and microwave, the V540G has pretty much everything you’ll need. And to see other Pilote motorhomes for sale, click here.
- Its compact footprint – it's just 5.4m long
- Fit and finish are excellent
- Clever use of multi-function spaces (washroom and bedroom)
- There are good storage solutions, including the double floor and the sliding wardrobe
- The Comfort Pack is a must-tick option – but it costs £3496
- There's no microwave or oven
- The washroom's size won't suit everyone
- If you're taking bulky items on tour, they'll need to be removed to deploy the bed