Perfect blend of camper van and motorhome

Carado V337 Review

The benefits of brilliant German manufacturing – without breaking the bank

When it comes to value for money and practicality, few motorhomes can compare with the impressive Carado V337.

Carado_V337_SeatingIt’s easy to see why this motorhome has proved so popular, particularly with those people who are looking to move up the ladder either from a touring caravan or a camper van.

At 2.14m in width, this semi-integrated vehicle benefits from the narrowness of a campervan but with the space and luxury of a motorhome. In many ways, it’s the perfect halfway house for wannabe explorers.

Perhaps the most impressive aspect of this motorhome is the price tag. At £51,479, the V337 is extraordinary value for money – and most people will find it has everything they need without many add-ons.

Built on the tried and tested Fiat Ducato chassis, the V337 looks the business from the outside with its rounded corners. As you’d expect from a motorhome in the Erwin Hymer Group family, it’s fully winterised with an aluminium skin, which will make a huge difference if you plan to use the vehicle all-year round.

The garage is large enough for a couple of bikes, outside furniture, barbecue equipment and anything else you need for your travels, so you’re unlikely to be facing the dilemma or what to leave at home. There’s even heating, lighting and a main power point. The payload of the V337 is a comfortable 890kg.

It’s clear that this vehicle is very solid and built to a high, German standard.

Electric drop down steps lead into the vehicle where the clever layout of this model becomes apparent, giving a stylish and relaxed feel. The 1.95m twin beds are well position in a stylish bedroom area, complete with good storage. The twin beds can be easily turned into a big double by inserting an extra cushion and using a small ladder rather than the stairs for access. The skylight and windows on each side make it a light and airy bedroom.

The L-shaped lounge benefits from plenty of natural light owing to the large over-cab sunroof. The swivel cab seats have armrests and there are a further two travel seats on the other side of the well-sized table. The table can be extended somewhat if required by simply inserting an extra piece, making it easily accessible from the driver’s seat.Carado_V337_Bed

Often the trade-off with narrower motorhomes is the space between the bathroom and the kitchen – but the V337 offers decent aisle space. That gives plenty of room to access the oven and three-burner hob, which comes standard in the UK spec model, as well as the sink.

The 89-litre fridge/freezer is an impressive addition and all cupboards are soft close, which is a nice little touch of luxury.

To fit all of this in a sub-7m vehicle, there had to be a compromise somewhere and there isn’t the room for a separate shower. Carado has developed a neat space-saving trick, though, where the wash basin and the wall pivots round to reveal a shower cubicle over the toilet.

As you’d expect from a Fiat base vehicle, it’s a really comfortable drive. Cab air conditioning, cruise control and passenger airbag all come as standard.

The V337 certainly feels more premium than budget and is, unquestionably, a leader in its class. Few other models can compete with the build quality, style and features of this delightful motorhome.