The four month wait for the Eldiss Accordo 120 (Eldiss Evolution 120 – as t is a Brownhills’ dealer special) is finally over and we collected our new motor home yesterday. Brownhills is around 125 miles away from where we live, so the drive home gave us a good chance to let the Accordo 120 stretch its legs and for us to give it a proper test drive and see what it is like to drive. First off, I have to say that the drive from Brownhills to the sticks of Norfolk isn’t that great, and mainly involves driving the A17 through the Fens followed by the A47 to Norwich and then five miles of narrow country lanes but the distance is more than enough to get a good idea of just how the Accordo drives.
If you have read any of my blog you will know that the Accordo 120 is our first motor home and the only thing we have to compare it to is a Ford Chausson Flash 514, a vehicle we hired four a four day jaunt around the West Country back in April this year.
The first thing I noticed about the Accordo was that it doesn’t feel as intimidating and “big” as the Chausson Flash 514. I should point out that the Accordo 120 is around 10cm narrower than the Chausson but it feels a LOT narrower and more manageable. I was feeling apprehensive on the way to Brownhills and whilst I was excited (who wouldn’t be picking up such a cool new toy) I was nervous about getting behind the wheel for the first time, so I am sure you can imagine my huge sigh of relief when I felt the Eldiss Accordo was less intimidating.
The Accordo 120 had 6 miles on the clock, which surprised us somewhat. From what I had read on the internet brand new vehicles generally had 30 – 50 miles on the clock (neither of us have ever been the first owner of any vehicle other than a push bike) so I have to say I was expecting more. With so few miles on the clock I had to ask the question about ‘running the vehicle in’ to which the response was “there’s no need to do that anymore” with a rolling of the eyes. I also noticed the tank range was 37 miles, i.e. virtually empty, which I thought was a bit rubbish. Having spent several thousand pounds with Brownhills I would have thought they could at least provide half a tank of diesel to get us home, but Brownhills obviously don’t share this opinion. I don’t know if an empty tank is the norm with new vehicles (like I said, I have never had one before) but I was surprised. Fortunately, there was a garage less than two miles away so we could get some diesel without too much stress. Once the tank was filled it was time to start the drive home…….
On the road the Accordo 120 is a great vehicle to drive and very easy – even for a total motor home newbie like me. Pulling away the Accordo 120 is a little sluggish, but then given it weighs over 3 tonnes I guess this is to be expected, besides do I really need to get up to 60mph in less than 10 seconds?!? I think not. My X3 is also sluggish off the line, so it’s not like I am used to neck breaking acceleration in any case.
Once the Accordo was up to speed I had no problems with it at all, and was quite surprised when sat in 6th gear at 60mph the engine started to pull and the speedo needle started to climb when I pressed on the accelerator pedal.
The Chausson Flash felt a little unwieldy at anything above 60 miles an hour, even when there was little breeze, however the Accordo 120 doesn’t. The Accordo 120 is a low profile motor home and has a low center of gravity so it is meant to feel stable and handle nicely, and I can confirm it most definitely does. With half an hour or so of driving the Accordo it felt no different than driving my X3, and I started taking roundabouts in the same way I do with the X3 which meant I started breaking later, and not giving the amount of room I really needed to – which was not good. There were many times I had to remind myself I was driving a motor home (and not a car) and to reign it in a bit, however my wife often shouted at me in the first instance.
I was expecting a noisy drive home in the Accordo 120, what with all the rattles from cupboard doors, oven shelves, furnishings etc. however it was surprisingly quiet. Sure, there were some annoying rattles, but given our Accordo was straight out of the showroom it wasn’t as bad as we thought it was going to be. A little bit of ‘tinkering’ and strategic use of tea towels, bedding and other soft furnishings will eradicate the rattles and make driving the Accordo 120 quieter.
After the first drive in the Eldiss Accordo 120 I can say that I am very impressed and my expectations have been exceeded. It is a big vehicle, if you’re like me and only driven a car, but it is really easy to drive and it doesn’t feel at all intimidating. The 130BHP engine is more than enough to get the Accordo 120 up to the speeds you need to keep up with the traffic flow, and there is still power to spare.
Getting to grips with driving the Accordo 120 on the road didn’t take too long, and I just hope that manoeuvring the Accordo, parking the Accordo and shunting it around is just as simple…………