Avida Esperance B7944: Review
Families of all sizes will relish the fit and feel of the spacious Avida Esperance B7944.
Travelling with friends or family has never been easier – or more comfortable – than in the Avida Esperance. With its ample storage and convenient drop down bed, this spacious motorhome offers room to move.
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
The truck is an Iveco Daily 50C17 four-cylinder turbodiesel, which has adequate grunt, although the automatic transmission on the test unit was a little clunky, with acceleration slow to respond. To be fair, the unit was not brand new so perhaps was merely in need of a service.
The vehicle rides on 195/75R16 tyres with independent front suspension and four-wheel disc brakes. The motorhome is 7.94m long and 3.15m high, and requires only a regular car licence to drive, thanks to its GVM of 4495kg.
The lounge area features a side-facing three-seater couch looking across to a television unit, out of which rises a flatscreen Teac TV electronically at the push of a button. The TV can remain in this position with the bed lowered, so movies in bed are a reality. The TV has an inbuilt DVD player, and can be operated on mains or 12V power.
There are shallow storage cupboards on either side of the TV, and the significant floor space between the couch and the telly is the perfect lounging area for kids and their sleeping bags for family time in the evenings. The floor is teak-look vinyl throughout, giving a warm and luxurious feel to the cabin.
There’s storage aplenty in the kitchen, with a full-height slide-out pantry drawer with six shelves, three large storage drawers and a cupboard under the bench and three overhead storage compartments above the bench and microwave respectively, with another three on the opposing wall above the dinette. A fire extinguisher falls easily to hand from beneath the fridge.
HITS & MISSES
- Drop-down bed
- Lovely ambient lighting throughout
- Being able to bake muffins in the Dometic oven!
I would have liked…
- Smoother automatic transition
- A more ergonomically designed wardrobe
AVIDA ESPERANCE SPECS
Weight and measures
- External length 7.94m (26ft 1in)
- External width 2.5m (8ft 2in)
- Internal height 2.02m (6ft 8in)
- Travel height 3.15m (10ft 4in)
- Tare 3822kg
- GVM 4495kg
- Base vehicle Iveco Daily 50C17
- Engine Four-cylinder turbodiesel
- Gearbox Six-speed automated manual
- Max power
- Max torque 400Nm@1250-3000rpm
- Brakes Four-wheel disc
- Fresh water 1x100L
- Grey water 1x100L
- Battery 2x100Ah
- Solar Optional
- Air-conditioner 240V Truma
- Gas 2x4kg
- Cooking Dometic four-burner,
grill and oven
- Fridge Dometic 150L
- Microwave LG
- Toilet Dometic cassette
- Lighting 12V LED, Fluoro and Halogen
- Hot water Truma 14L
- Electrically-operated bed, TV housing, awning, access step
- From $159,990
The full test appears in Caravan World #536 April 2015. Subscribe today for the latest caravan reviews and news every month!