A compact A-class star is born. Nick Harding was there for the delivery of this keenly priced new arrival.
Announced: a new baby Pegaso. Seemingly in great health. Both A-class sisters are already happy with the addition to the family.
It's easy to see the instant attraction of the Roller Team Pegaso 590. At a time when a brand new A-class motorhome is going to set you back anything from £70,000 to £100,000 or more, the Pegaso sneaks in at under £60,000. If you think that's because all manner of 'special packs' and optional extras need to be added, prepare yourself for a rethink.
There are several nods to gearing this Pegaso to the UK market - notably, the driver's cab door and the expected (but not always delivered) kitchen upgrades so that our tea, toast and Sunday roast can be catered for. And they're all part of the package.
At a time when no UK manufacturer dare even make an A-class motorhome, Roller Team's Trigano parent company has a whole factory dedicated to producing such vehicles - admittedly, under different badges (UK-bound Mobilvettas come from the same plant, for example).
Not that there seems to be much cost- or weight-paring in the main construction. All bodywork is GRP-clad (exterior and interior) with Styrofoam insulation. It's fully wood-free and it's all backed by a 10-year bodywork integrity warranty. Also, the five-year habitation warranty is a further measure of the faith that Roller Team has in its products.
Features to note are the bike rack for four, as standard, as are the coach-style mirrors (which are electrically heated and operated) that often only come on more expensive A-class models, plus alloy wheels. And there's a 120W solar panel on the roof. A slight minus is the high step at the cab door.
The main entrance is on the UK nearside, (and you can't say that about many imports), but the single-point locking is an obvious cost-cutter.
On the road
In the cab there's air conditioning, cruise control, steering wheel controls and bluetooth connectivity.
Lounging & dining
Upholstery is Roller Team's latest Eco leather, while the lighter wood furniture finish also contributes to a light and airy lounge, with its L-shaped seating and settee around a fixed pedestal leg table with full adjustment (height, fore and aft).
Across the 'van is the fridge, a 142-litre capacity model, with freezer compartment and a lower drawer that's ideal for bottles. The locker above it will take some getting at, though, and reading the solar panel monitor tucked away at the back could prove even more tricky (especially once things are actually stored here).
|Fresh/waste water||100L / 100L|
|Leisure battery||95 Ah|
3-burner gas hob, Combined Oven/Grill
Separate shower cubicle
It all bodes very well. If you've always fancied an A-class but thought they were priced out of reach, reconsider. If you think downsizing from a longer vehicle means compromising on living space, reconsider. If you've never even thought about owning an A-class before, now might be the time.
We like the looks, love the price. It could be time to broaden your horizons, too. Why settle for a low-profile coachbuilt when you can have an A-class motorhome? This baby could boom.