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The range has become something of a benchmark in compact-coachbuilt design, but does the two-berth Elddis Accordo 120 make the grade? Let's find out!

Overview

Compact coachbuilts have carved out a popular space in the motorhome market, with a wave of them becoming available over the past few seasons.

One of the ranges that has proved most popular has been Accordo from Elddis.

It caused a bit of a sensation when it was unveiled in July 2013, creeping under the 6m body length barrier and sporting a width similar to a panel van conversion.

So at a stroke, one of the objections to having a coachbuilt was removed: an Accordo will fit on your front drive and will go to all the places you want to take it – ideal for both country lane pootling and urban jousting, as our Gentleman Jack once put it.

ƒThe Accordo range has since grown, with the 120 debuting in the 2016 model year.

This two-berth shares the same unique selling points as its siblings, but with the added appeal of a UK-friendly rear lounge on a 5.99m body length. (ƒThe 135 is also 5.99m long but has a shorter rear lounge to fit in its front dinette.)

Accordo has been tweaked for the 2017 season, and the biggest upgrade concerns the Peugeot Boxer base vehicle, now boasting a Euro 6-compliant powerplant that is leaner and greener than the version it replaced.

A low-line chassis now features, so there’s no need for an electric entrance step, and the silver sides get a new graphics scheme.

ƒAs for payload, 732kg is a generous allocation for a couple’s ’van.

Lounging & dining

The Elddis Accordo 120’s layout is straightforward and user-friendly. Turn right upon entry and the midships kitchen and washroom are passed en route to the rear lounge. ƒ

This has triple-aspect windows and a centrally mounted rooflight, so is bright and airy. Parallel sofas cement the sociable vibe.

Our test ’van was fitted with the caravan-style centre chest on the rear wall, but, for £210, buyers can choose wraparound seats instead.

Kitchen

Next to the lounge one finds the galley. This will easily meet the needs of the average touring couple, with a three-burner hob, a combi oven and grill, and a 95-litre dual-fuel fridge.

Cooks who value the convenience of a microwave can order one as a £180 cost option.

Sleeping

Sleeping arrangements in the Elddis Accordo 120 are flexible. At just under 6ft long, the parallel lounge can be used as single beds.

Alternatively, the settees can be made into a large double bed measuring 6ft 7in across.

This makes the 120 a viable choice for couples who don’t share a bed, or motorcaravanners who aren’t romantically linked.

Ozio Coolsoft seat cushions offer comfort while being light in weight.

Washroom

An all-in-one space-saving washroom is located opposite the kitchen. The shower tray doubles as the toilet floor, but buyers still get a shower and vanity unit topped by a smart circular sink.

At 70 litres, the fresh water tank isn’t the biggest in the Accordo range, but it will easily meet the needs of couples.

Storage

The main storage locations include seven overhead lockers in the rear lounge, plus most of the seat boxes.

A half-length wardrobe, with a drawer underneath, occupies the space between the lounge and washroom, and the kitchen gets a drawer and cupboard under the cooker in addition to a pair of tall, barn-doored overhead lockers that comfortably pass the cereal box test.

Equipment

Standard kit includes LED spotlights, a TV aerial, Whale 4kW underfloor dual-fuel heating and a 7-litre rapid heat-up water heater, and cassette blinds for the windscreen and cab doors.

Standard base vehicle features include cab air-con, airbags, daytime running lights, cruise control, DAB radio with Bluetooth and USB connectivity, and a spare wheel.

As with all Elddis Accordo models, the 120 can be ordered with a winter pack (water tank heaters and fridge vent covers – £305).

Further options include a rear-view camera system (£320) and a dealer-fitted shelf pack (£40).

Buyers can also have a tow bar (£590) and Fiamma Pro bike rack (£215), plus a Europe-wide Tracker including the first year’s subscription (£280).

Technical specs

Sleeps2
Travel seats2
MTPLM3300kg
Payload732kg
Length5.99m19′8″
Width2.6m8′6″
Height2.72m8′11″
Engine (power)130
Fresh/waste water70L / 70L
Leisure battery95 Ah
Gas tank size7kg
Number of gas tank compartments2

Verdict

This value-for-money compact motorhome will appeal to couples who like to keep things simple on tour.

With all the basics covered, the Elddis Accordo 120 will be a reliable companion, and it now comes with the added goodness of a brand-new Euro 6 engine.

And to see other Elddis motorhomes for sale, click here.

Conclusion

Pros

  • Its compact dimensions make it easy to store and drive
  • The rear lounge is large, light and sociable
  • The low-line chassis looks good and means you don't need a step

Cons

  • Just two berths means you can't accommodate occasional visitors
  • Some may find the washroom too compact
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