There’s no denying it – the 2022 Coachman Laser Xcel 875 is a luxurious four-berth that is well put together.
It’s not surprising – after all, the caravan manufacturer has become synonymous with great style and the highest quality.
It’s getting on for 40 years since the company set up by Jim Hibbs (formerly of ABI Caravans) launched its first models. At one stage in its long history, Coachman was sold to Elddis. But by the early 2000s, it was back in Jim Hibbs’ hands, with son Elliot later following on.
A few years ago, Coachman became part of upmarket Swedish manufacturing group Kabe. Its backing provided opportunities for continued development at the Hull plant.
With the growing popularity of 8ft-wide caravans, in 2020, Coachman’s designers decided to introduce this width in the super-luxury Laser range.
The new eight-footers, which were designated Xcel, proved an immediate success with the brand’s loyal buyers, and the Laser Xcel soon established its strong position in the market.
The Laser name first appeared in 1999 as a twin-axle in the VIP range. Then in 2020, Coachman used the Laser platform to go into the 8-ft wide market.
The new Laser Xcel range comprised just two models, but both offered a superb spec and modern interior design. One was the 875 reviewed here, although if you want to see what a 2023 model comes with, take a look at our review of the Coachman Laser Xcel 855.
Offering an interior length of 6.36m, this model came with a large front lounge that took full advantage of the extra width. The floorplan also provided a central kitchen, transverse bed and full-width rear washroom.
Other features included E&P self-levelling, 36-litre underfloor water tank, Al-Ko hydraulic jack, ATC and an Al-Ko caravan wheel lock.
The large L-shaped kitchen had more worktop and the rear washroom was among the most luxurious on the market.
The generous transverse bed fitted in the 875 made it ideal for luxury touring for two, or perhaps for seasonal caravan pitches.
So, a couple of years later, how are these looking if you’re thinking of buying a used caravan? We found a recently traded-in 2022 Laser Xcel 875, which was competitively priced at £44,950 – a saving of more than £2000 on a 2023 model.
This is still a highly desirable tourer, so don’t expect any bargain-basement prices here! We found prices ranging from £37,995 in a private sale, up to £38,995 at one dealership and £44,995 on another forecourt.
For the rest of the range, you can expect to pay:
- 845: £39,495-£41,995
- 850: £40,195-£43,195
What to check for in a Coachman Laser Xcel 875 (2022)
- Cuffed alloy wheels
- Electrical problems
- Onboard water tank operating correctly
- Signs of external damage to panels and mouldings
- Peeling wall board tape
If you’re seeking lower-priced luxury, you could take a look at the single-axle 2020 Elddis Crusader Mistral, offering a transverse bed, rear washroom and excellent kit for £23,995.
Or try the twin-axle 2019 Lunar Delta TR (although you should check carefully for damp), with an island bed and central washroom. This one, which is lighter in weight, was also on for £23,995.
Verdict on the Coachman Laser Xcel 875
The Coachman 875 offers so much in the way of spec, space and storage. It is solid and feels well put together, something that you always want when you’re looking for the best used caravan.
The washroom is all luxury, with a large shower cubicle and Alde heating. The kitchen is well planned, and the lounge is roomy and comfortable.
Valuable additions included a motor mover and Supagard paint protection. All in all, it’s easy to see why these prestige tourers rarely spend very long on the dealers’ forecourts.
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