Sarah WakelySee other motorhome reviews written by Sarah Wakely
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
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 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
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.
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.
You could use the side sofas as single beds, but they are only 1.82 x 0.73m/6’0” x 2’5”.
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.
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.
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.
|Fresh/waste water||90L / 65L|
|Leisure battery||92 Ah|
|Gas tank size||7kg|
|Number of gas tank compartments||2|
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.
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- 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
- The Renault Master cab is less attractive than the Fiat Ducato
- It has quite a compact kitchen