May we introduce? Calle! – Carthago C-Tourer I 148 LE (2021) in the long-term test

 May we introduce? Calle! - Carthago C-Tourer I 148 LE (2021) in the long-term test

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  • logbook
  • advantages and disadvantages
  • Technical data and prices

The Carthago C-Tourer I 148 LE is not the first C-Tourer that promobil has tested so thoroughly. Already In 2013 a C-Tourer presented itself the long-term load of this test – with an almost consistently positive result. Will the next generation of this model also achieve such a good result?

The most noticeable difference to the 2013 model is the base vehicle. The C-Tourer is now available with a base vehicle in addition to the Fiat Ducato Mercedes Sprinter built up. We are now testing exactly this model.

The direct competitor, so to speak, only recently completed the Hymer B-Class, the long-term test – We are excited to see how the Carthago version of an integrated star will fare. For everyone who wants to know more: In 2018 we compared the C-Tourer and B-Class directly with each other. But now back to the present:

Logbook entries

A year with the C-Tourer: Here you will regularly find all the diary entries and experiences that we are allowed to make with the Carthago-Integrated.

Our Carthago C-Tourer is called Calle

Log from 02/22/2021

Tests: Social media editorial staff

We have a name for our new long-term test mobile: Our followers were able to vote on Instagram and named the integrated one with the name Calle. So the Carthago is a boy. The vote was exciting at first, but then quickly became clear. Thanks to all godparents who took part!

Endurance test diary day 1

Log from 02/19/2021

Tester: Christian Becker, promobil editor

There is still snow in Aulendorf and parking spaces and campsites are still closed due to lockdown. So it will be a while before our new long-term test car can be used in real camping. Nevertheless, the joy is great when the C-Tourer I 148 LE rolls out of the gate of the transfer hall. The still (top) nameless Carthago with 60 kilometers on the clock will be with us for around a year from today.

You can vote for the name in the story on our Instagram channel.

A look at the equipment list increases the desire for the first trip. The Mercedes base with 170 hp and nine-speed automatic promise driving comfort. Approval as 4,2-Tonner should allow full utilization of the numerous storage options. This includes the huge rear garage, which can take a load of 350 kilograms, as well as the practical double floor.

A L-shaped seating area with side bench Invites you to dine and the four-person crew sleeps in comfortable single beds and in the front fold-down bed. The next few months will show how all of this works in everyday life.

Before I go to Stuttgart with the new member of the editorial team, I take a look at the prices. The base price is 96,350 euros and our well-equipped test car ends up at 118,790 euros. We are, and therefore priced, in the Upper class.

First trip with the Sprinter motorhome

Now let’s go: press the start button and the 170 hp motor comes to life. A typical Carthago advantage is already apparent in the first few meters. The deeply drawn down front window ensures a very good Overview. It’s easy to forget that you’re sitting in a 7.51-long fully integrated vehicle.

The chassis springs comfortably even when unloaded and penetrates from the removal hardly any noise to the driver’s ear. The optional full LED headlights should ensure good visibility at night. On the motorway, however, it is noticeable that an important little cross was forgotten in the list of options: the adaptive cruise control. Our I 148 LE has to get by with a completely normal cruise control and thus loses one of the strengths of the Mercedes power car.

Another detail is noticeable negatively: the left exterior mirror vibrates clearly noticeably in certain speed ranges. If the weather is nice during the day, you can still cope. At night and when it rains, it should be very annoying. This is where the option of Reversing camera as a rearview mirror to be able to switch on. The cab seats are extensively adjustable, but are narrow.

After a two-hour drive, the new vehicle in the vehicle fleet will safely reach the promobil editorial team and when you lock it, you will notice another cross that would be forgotten in the surcharge list. Remote unlocking by radio key, or even better, central locking is not available. Too bad.

Conclusion: So far I have only discovered weaknesses in detail, but they hardly spoil the first overall impression. The editorial team is pleased to welcome the Carthago C-Tourer to the fleet.

All advantages and disadvantages at a glance

(+) powerful engine

(+) comfortable automatic

(+) comfortable chassis

(+) huge rear garage

(+) easily usable double floor

(+) good clarity

(+) LED headlights

(-) vibrating exterior mirror

(-) no distance cruise control

(-) no central locking

Technical data: Carthago C Tourer I 148 LE

Base vehicle: Mercedes Sprinter

Length Width Height: 7,52/2,27/2,95 Meter

Seating / sleeping places: 5/4

max. total weight: 4.5 tons

Base price: 96.350 Euro

Test car price: 118.790 Euro

Equipment of the test car

Engine variant 170 PS / 125 kW, Euro VI: 2,100 Euro

9G-Tronic automatic transmission including hold function. 2,730 euros

Full-LED headlights (low and high beam): 1,990 euros

Entrance step in the driver’s cabin door can be retracted and extended electrically: 395 euros

Large rear garage door on the driver’s side instead of the standard side door: 495.00 euros

Socket package: 295 euros

(consists of a 230 volt socket each in the corner seating area, sleeping area, rear garage)

Coffee capsule machine with connection set and shelf: 270 euros

TV cabinet in the bedroom with special TV pull-out system including connection set: 790 euros

Carpet for the driver’s cab area: 155 euros

Carthago sleeping world & decoration set: 350 euros

(Decorative pillows, jacquard blanket with woven Carthago logo and custom-fit fitted sheet set)

TFT Dummy Heckausbau: 0 Euro

Chassis Package: 5,250 Euro

Fully automatic air conditioning THERMOTRONIC: 530 euros

Media Paket Plus 32 “: 4,690 Euro

Mercedes MBUX 10.2 “multimedia system instead of radio / CD / DVD double DIN incl. Navigation, DAB +, touchscreen instead of radio / DVD: 550 euros

Comfort package: 1,850 euros


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