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Enjoy end-lounge luxury and comfort in a 6.40m-long ’van! Sound good? Let's see if the 2018 Lunar Cassini EL is indeed small but perfectly formed

Overview

The February 2018 NEC show was the second trip to Birmingham for the Lunar Cassini range, following its launch at the October 2017 event.

The line-up – named after the NASA craft that explored Saturn – features a trio of well-priced coachbuilts, including the two-berth, end-lounge EL.

Built on the Renault Master – a relatively unusual base vehicle in the UK – Cassini is Lunar’s entry-level coachbuilt range.

But the exterior looks smart, with silver, grey and red graphics. Only the solid-black front bumpers betray its budget line-up price tag.

On the road

The Renault Master cab of the Lunar Cassini EL isn’t as car-like as that of the Fiat Ducato.

The swathes of black plastic look more commercial vehicle than those of the SEVEL vans.

Still, there’s a six-speed manual gearbox, a rooflight and plenty of storage for maps, drinks and so on.

Our test vehicle’s £1399 Driver’s Pack included cab air conditioning, cruise control, sat nav and DAB radio.

Other options available include an automatic transmission, at £2999, and a £1299 upgrade to 145PS (143bhp) from the standard 130PS (128bhp).

Lounging & dining

We Brits love a roomy end-lounge layout, and the Lunar Cassini EL offers a huge amount of space where you can relax on comfortable cushions.

The bolsters at the end of each sofa are a nice touch, too, meaning you can really lean back and stretch out.

This is also your dining area, and it’s big enough for six people, although the foldaway table (which otherwise lives in a cupboard) is perhaps only ample for the dishes of four.

If you’re concerned about red-wine drinkers spoiling the cream-coloured ‘Aldira’ upholstery, you can opt for the ‘Carabu’ stain-resistant Aquaclean scheme (£349).

Either way, the rear of this motorhome is definitely an attractive place to spend time, night or day.

Kitchen

In the Lunar Cassini EL’s kitchen, there’s not a huge amount of locker space – it’s partly consumed by the microwave – but there is a cupboard towards the floor.

Work surface is also at a bit of a premium, but the three-burner hob is angled to allow more space.

A Thetford oven/grill and a Dometic fridge sit below.

Sleeping

The large (2.11 x 1.82m/6’11” x 6’0”) double bed is easily made up by pulling across the slats beneath the cushions and rearranging the latter across the top.

You could use the side sofas as single beds, but they are only 1.82 x 0.73m/6’0” x 2’5”.

Washroom

This Lunar Cassini EL is a compact ’van, at just 6.4m (21’) long, so given the dimensions of that rear lounge, it’s a pleasant surprise to find that the washroom is a good size.

There’s no separate shower cubicle here, but there is a swivel-bowl cassette toilet and a smart tap above the triangular basin.

The shower area features an unusual, black-plastic floor with channels below to help water drain, and three plugholes.

You’ll not want to carry too many toiletries: there’s just the one cupboard here, behind a mirror.

There’s another mirror outside the washroom, with an unusually placed mains socket beneath it – there’s nowhere obvious to rest any appliance you plug in here.

Storage

There is storage space under the sofas, in the rear lounge's overhead lockers, and in drawers and the half-height wardrobe behind the driver’s seat.

You also have the aforementioned storage area in the kitchen, plus the single cupboard in the washroom.

In standard form the Lunar Cassini EL has a payload of 620kg, which should be ample for two people on tour.

Equipment

There are two speakers set into the overhead lockers, so you can listen to the radio or music from the cab, and spotlights make up part of the excellent lighting.

You can tell where costs have been saved – the overhead lockers are a simple, flat-fronted design, and the window blinds are the roller, not the concertina, variety.

But there is a flyscreen for the accommodation door, something not always seen on more pricey ’vans.

Technical specs

Sleeps2
Travel seats2
MTPLM3500kg
Payload620kg
Length6.4m20′12″
Width2.3m7′7″
Height2.69m8′10″
Engine (power)128
Fresh/waste water90L / 65L
Leisure battery92 Ah
Gas tank size7kg
Number of gas tank compartments2

Verdict

A few touches give away the fact that this is an entry-level model, and the Renault Master cab isn’t as attractive as the Ducato’s, but the Lunar Cassini EL is a comfortable and spacious motorhome for a couple.

Starting at just £40,994, there’s no arguing with the price, either.

It also benefits from Lunar’s decades-long heritage.

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

Conclusion

Pros

  • There's a spacious, U-shaped rear lounge – which converts into a large double bed
  • It is well priced
  • The washroom is a good size for such a modestly proportioned ’van

Cons

  • The Renault Master cab is less attractive than the Fiat Ducato
  • It has quite a compact kitchen

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