The latest arrival at Nationwide RV around the country is the latest and greatest from Italian manufacturer Roller Team, the Pegaso 740 A-Class motorhome. Having the habitation entry door on the left passenger side of the vehicle will tick the box for many Kiwi purchasers; we do like the convenience of the door being on this side for our roadside parking here in New Zealand.

We looked at the Pegaso model at the Christchurch motorhome show in July, and the crowds were lining up to look through it as well – at $173K, an island-bed model with all the features you could need as standard features, not extras.

The front cab entry is easy with large entry doors, and the swivel of the Captain chairs doubles as a living area extension. Ceiling bed above very discrete. Front cab blinds close the area off for privacy

The model is based on the Fiat Ducato FWD 150bhp 2.3L Multijet diesel cab chassis with 6-speed Comfortmatic transmission, and fitted with all the latest ABS, ESP, traction control, cruise control and central-locking doors, plus colour reversing camera.

Roller Team is based in Tuscany in Italy and is part of the large Trigano Group. They manufacture many of the RV brands now available here in New Zealand. The sleek Italian styling is obvious in these models – classy exterior finishes, and contemporary interior finishes – and they’re loaded with clever technology to make the RV experience a luxury one.

A compact kitchen, under-bench gas oven, storage under and above

A lot of the research and development goes into comfort, safety and performance. For example, this year’s models feature soft material protection between internal furniture and outer body connections, which limits unwanted road noise, and plastic spacers now separate the lower floor from the chassis rail, significantly reducing creaking and friction – these improvements coming from their Noise Reduction Research and Technology unit.

Another development is the Breath Project, a system that has permanent ventilation inside all the wall units, heating in the over-cab area, and internal perimeter heating in models with rear twin beds and the garage bed, such as the model we review here. What does that mean? It means that air is circulated internally around the walls and through vents into the house body, keeping it dry, ventilated and healthy, and of course a warm and cosy environment for us inside. Fixed beds are fitted with staves and have breathable fabrics, while ventilation panels are fitted throughout, improving air circulation and stabilising the temperature. These help to prevent condensation, maintaining your motorhome in optimal condition and creating a comfortable environment.

Rear bedroom with island bed, which adjusts in height to offer less or more boot space. Light and bright roomy

Construction is the compressed sandwich board style used by the majority of manufacturers in one form or another. The roof, side walls and floor are constructed using what they call.

EVO technology to create great sound-proofing and insulation. All wall and roof panels are of 31mm Styrofoam® and the floor is thicker at 54mm. The durable wood-free construction, exterior fibreglass, and high-density extruded plastic inserts, offer further protection against weathering; painted bumpers finish the exterior. The cab is metallised of course.

Comfy swivel cab seats add to the seating format in the entertainment area – note the ceiling bed above, very discrete

Exterior storage lockers give access to the full width, height-adjustable boot storage area, and there is another storage area under the cab passenger seat.

Stepping up into the vehicle is easy with two internal steps up, with a good handle on the right side for support if required. To the immediate left is a single seat that has storage under it, and opposite, the L-shaped lounge/dining seating with a adjustable dining table. The front cab’s Captain chairs swivel, recline, have arm rests and built-in head rests, so you can really put yourself in a laid-back position to relax. In the ceiling above is the generous-sized second berth measuring 1890mm x 1350mm, which comes down at the push of a button.

This is a 140L three-way auto Trivalent fridge with interior freezer box, and look below – there is a separate chiller drawer beneath – what a great design

To the right of the entry door is the fridge and monitoring gear, with a 22″ TV above (optional extra) and a storage cupboard for the table.

The fridge I found to be really intriguing: a three-way auto Trivalent fridge with interior freezer, and it features a very cool separate chiller drawer underneath it. The white exterior finish works well with the interior finishing on the walls and cabinets, and complements the wood-grain finish in other areas – I like this a lot.

A nice rear end with colour reversing camera. Fiamma four-bike rack and Thule four-metre wind-out awning are included in the package

The kitchen is compact but offers discrete pull-out pantry storage on the front face of the unit, as well as a cupboard on the internal L face and also overhead storage. There is a compact under-bench gas oven, three-burner cooker with glass cover, and the round sink has covers for more bench preparation area.

The bathroom is mid-ship and has the vanity unit and storage in the middle, with a full shower on the right and a toilet en suite on the left, and offers entry to the bedroom on both sides, with steps on each side of the bed. Plenty of storage in the toilet area – privacy doors between the front living area and the bedroom give options to those using it.

Large exterior rear boot storage, adjustable by lowering or raising the bed above. You can fit large items and secure them in here

In the rear bedroom the good-sized 1900mm x 1360mm island bed is height adjustable in relation to the boot storage below. The well-fitted room has a wardrobe and overhead storage in the same high-gloss white finish, wood-grain sides; a bedhead with mirror behind lightens the space and continues the modern contemporary palette through the vehicle. LED lighting, central heating vents around the walls, blinds and fly screens on the double-glazed windows all add to the ambiance. Having a roof vent for ventilation is great as well.

Power-wise, standard fitting is a 95Ah battery with 120W solar panel, upgradable of course if required. Heating and hot water are via the 6kW combined electric/gas heating with CP Plus and remote control. This is the central heating system that keeps the entire interior warm and healthy. Water-wise there is 100L of fresh water and 115L for grey. The toilet is a standard 18L wheel-away canister.

A lot of the standard features in this model would be added extras in other brands. These include the four-metre Thule wind-out awning and Fiamma four-bike rack, so this baby really is ready to drive away with no added work to do.

The en-suite bathroom with electric-flush swivel toilet, lots of storage spaces available, well lit, and mirrors add to the spacious feel

Nationwide RV proudly distribute key Roller Team models, as well as being the NZ Distributor for the UK-manufactured Tribute Motorhomes built by the Autotrail factory.

Specs: 2018 Roller Team Pegaso 740 4-berth $173,000
• Fiat 150bhp Multijet 2 engine with 6-speed Comfortmatic transmission
• Integrated A-class car licence
• Cruise control, rear camera integrated in rear mirror, central locking, Bluetooth with steering wheel controls, 5” touch screen
• Dimensions – 7410mm(L) x 2350mm(W) x 2950mm(H) external
• GVM 3500kg, Tare 3160kg, tow rating to 2000kg
• Double-glazed windows with blinds and flyscreens
• Pressed sandwich construction, Styrofoam insulation – 54mm floor, 31mm in walls and roof. Painted bumpers, metallised cab
• Gas oven, 3-burner gas hob
• Heating 6kW combined electric/gas with remote control
• Fresh water 100L, grey 115L
• Trivalent 140L auto fridge/freezer with separate chiller drawer
• Bed sizes: rear 1900mm x 1360mm – second ceiling bed 1890mm x 1350mm
• Four-metre wind-out awning
• Fiamma 4-bike rack
• 120W solar panel, controller and 95Ah battery