It sleeps up to three, there’s travel seating for four. But, it’s the twin single beds, set conveniently low and with a full-width washroom beyond, that are the star layout attractions here.
Plus, Alde’s 3020 heating system heads up a formidable specification for this low-profile coachbuilt from France.
Built on Fiat’s wide-track rear axle Ducato chassis, and with all GRP-clad bodywork (sides, roof and underfloor), it has the fully sufficient 130bhp engine as standard.
But, those beds really are twin singles – measuring in at a generous enough1.98m x 0.76m each on super-comfortable Bultex mattresses, set at a height that means they’re easy to access. The same goes for their bases, where they’re easy to lift to get at a generous amount of storage. Pneumatic struts also make sure those bases stay up, even when they have the extra weight of bedding on them. Both these underbed areas also have handy external hatches.
The lounge single, at 2.08m x 1.00m, involves a bit of making up that means in most cases it will be consigned to occasional use only.
There’s also a quality, full-width washroom beyond those single beds. There’s sufficient space for a separate shower cubicle and an all-metal fixed basin, as well as a swivel-bowl toilet, beyond which is the main wardrobe.
No window is a bit of a disappointment, but there is a neat selection of shelving across the back wall, with shock coring to make sure items like shampoo bottles are kept in place – there’s also a sliding mirror-cum-vanity unit door.
Towards, the front of the 665, the kitchen might look small, but it has Dometic’s space-efficient hob with three-in-a-line gas rings. The separate sink is served by a proper metal tap. Thetford’s N3000 fridge/freezer, with automatic energy selection, boasts an impressive 149-litre capacity. Worktop space is tight, although there’s a decent amount of high- and low-level storage.
Likewise, the lounge is compact rather than spacious, yet there’s still plenty of space for just the two of you once you’ve swivelled those captain’s style cab seats. Note, also, UK models will get a hinged top to the pedestal-leg table, which makes manoeuvring all the easier.
The furniture finish here is called Elegance, but the darker Montalcino is also offered. There’s a choice of upholsteries, too, with some eight alternatives to the Honfleur with faux leather trim here. As well as Alde as standard, there’s an underfloor heating option, at £360.
Rapido also tries that bit harder to suit our particular preferences. UK spec’ models will also get a folding table rather than the solid unit shown here.
It’s always included a proper oven, in a decent location, among its UK offerings (there’s not one fitted in this left-hand drive demonstrator borrowed direct from the factory, but it will go under the hob, also with space to provide a cutlery drawer).
The oven/grill comes with a standard UK Pack, also giving us floor carpeting.
Meanwhile, there’s plenty of scope to personalise further, including various Fiat engine and transmission upgrades. This example has a whole host of options (see below) that take it up to a more realistic £53,384, but there are plenty more to choose from, although some are better value or more essential than others. Here, the spec’ is topped off by the bed covers and cushions, at an eye-watering £560 and frankly should only be considered if your Rapido dealer offers them as a compliment to seal the deal.
Verdict: A classy two-berth with plenty of qualities beyond its two single beds
Plus: Comfortable beds, generous washroom, UK-friendly specification, good storage, Alde heating
Minus: Just one interior mains socket as standard, kitchen roll holder location
In-a-nutshell: Quality, style, practicality, comfort
There’s more information on the Rapido ranges on the Rapido website. To find out more about our discounted premiums visit the motorhome insurance discounts page.
Alternatives: Hymer T-SL 668, Knaus Sky TI 700 MEB, Swift Bolero 714 SB
|Base vehicle||Fiat Ducato, 2.3-litre, 130bhp Euro V+|
|Dimensions||7.39m L, 2.35m W, 2.76m H|
|Safety & security||Electronic immobiliser, ABS and EBD, EBA (emergency brake assist), twin airbags, smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, central locking kitchen drawers.|
|Key options||Rapido Pack – kitchen extractor, stereo upgrade, gas inverter, passenger airbag, cruise control, electric heated door mirrors, height-adjustable cab seats, cab air conditioning, cruise control (£249), habitation door window (£410), double-DIN stereo (£160), third battery including housing (£290), kitchen extractor fan (£160), heated waste water tank (£220), Camera Pack – reversing camera, habitation door flyscreen, cab blinds (£655), underfloor heating (£360), corner steadies (£100), daytime running lights (£320), external shower (£200), alloy wheels (£810).|
Note: All details correct at time of publication but may be subject to change.
*Motorhome insurance cost based on Rapido 665F retailing at £51,000 with standard fit equipment and Thatcham Cat 1 alarm. UK travel only. Kept on driveway at home at TD9 8ED. Motorhome owners – professionals over 50 years old with no claims, convictions or health conditions in last 3 years. 4 years no claims bonus mirrored from car policy and 2 years motorhome driving experience. Members of motorhome club doing less than 5000 miles annually. £300 excess applies. Premiums include insurance premium tax at 9.5% and are correct at 27.11.15.
**On-the-road, including VAT at 20%