A compact A-class star is born. Nick Harding was there for the delivery of this keenly priced new arrival.

Overview

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).

Design

Born in Italy, maybe, but the UK is where it will be brought up. Few would disagree that the Roller Team designers have nailed it as far as proportions are concerned. At 5.99m long, it's most definitely compact - be that for an A-class or a standard coachbuilt. It's all on a driving licence-friendly 3500kg chassis, too, with plenty of payload.

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

It's no surprise, considering the Italian origins, that the running gear is courtesy of Fiat and its venerable, long proven Ducato. Even with the 130bhp engine as standard, it's more than capable. You might want to consider the 150bhp and 177bhp options, or Comfort-matic, if you want automatic transmission.

In the cab there's air conditioning, cruise control, steering wheel controls and bluetooth connectivity.

Lounging & dining

Step inside and there's that instant feeling of extra living space that so typifies any A-class. That's largely thanks to the extended cab area, where the captain's chairs swivel around and recline easily once you're parked up on site.

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).

Kitchen

To the rear of the lounge area, the kitchen unit on the offside is L-shaped to optimise space and storage. You get a three-ring hob and a Thetford Duplex oven/grill combination, plus a circular sink with inset loose covers. Worktop space is limited, but you get some excellent storage touches - like the two-way access to the area under the sink, where you'll find a cutlery drawer and slide-out racking.

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).

Sleeping

The drop-down overcab bed has all the usual A-class comforts, including a one-piece mattress on a slatted base. The second double can be assembled from the lounge furniture.

Washroom

The washroom has a separate shower, a toilet and a full-size sink with a mirrored cupboard above, plus an opaque window to let in plenty of daylight. There's also a wardrobe and access to the an external storage locker.

Storage

At the back of the 590, it's not quite a full-width washroom, because the rear nearside is taken up by a large locker that's accessible from the outside as well as in, and includes fold-down shelving. This is also where a small table is stored.

Equipment

Usually at this point in the review of a 'value for money' motorhome, we get to the comment that there's a lot to forgive, considering the price. Not so here; the standard inventory extends to Truma Combi 6 heating and hot water (gas and electric, with iNet), a reversing camera, a fly screen for the habitation door and more. There's even a choice of upholsteries.

Technical specs

LayoutRear washroom
Sleeps4
Travel seats4
MTPLM3500kg
Payload635kg
Length5.99m19′8″
Width2.35m7′9″
Height2.95m9′8″
Fresh/waste water100L / 100L
Leisure battery95 Ah
Kitchen Equipment
3-burner gas hob, Combined Oven/Grill
Washroom
Separate shower cubicle
Heating
Truma Gas/Electric heater

Verdict

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. 

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