AT A GLANCE
Prices From: £46,820
Type Approval:European Whole Vehicle
Price as Tested: £49,685
- Barely larger than a panel van
- Versatile rear bedroom design
- Useful loading space with huge hatchback door
- Clever washroom with sliding toilet and swivel basin
- Practical and spacious front dinette
- Stylish exterior
- Over 700kg payload
Fixed Single Bed
Last year saw the launch of an exciting and innovative range of compact low-profile motorhomes from Hymer of Germany and its subsidiary Bürstner. The reason for this innovation is due to the fact the dimensions of the new models are all-but identical to a panel van.
Better by design?
This Brevio has grown from 5.99m to 6.38m, just a little longer than the extra-long Fiat van and still easy to manouvre in tight spaces, and just 2.10m wide. The sleek, low-profile overcab makes for less buffeting in motorway driving, and the 130bhp turbo-diesel engine offers a decent turn of speed.
The cab is comfortable, with folding armrests for both seats. It's also fairly bright, with the space above seats given over to an opening sunroof, rather than storage.
The cab seats swivel easily to face a half-dinette with three-point seatbelts, allowing a total of four people to travel. There's a large table fixed to a wall rail, and with a single leg that doesn't get in the way too much. It also has an extra slide-out section.
The flatscreen TV bracket is well mounted and can be turned to be viewed either from the cab seats, or from the rear beds.
The centrally located kitchen is perhaps one of the areas that has been subjected to compromise due to the desire to cram a lot into a small space. There's a two-burner hob, plus a large stainless-steel sink and a Deometic three-way fridge with a removable freezer.
There are also a few roof lockers, a cutlery drawer and a small cupboard with a couple of shelves. There's no room for an oven, and it's not even an option, but you could always find space for a small electric oven.
An area of the Brevio t 640 that's just as innovative as the rest of the vehicle is the washroom. Featuring a bench cassette toilet that can slide back into the wall when not in use, a circular plastic washbasin which also folds away.
This gives a greater amount of space for showering when they're both folded away, with the whole washroom floor forming a shower tray. The only negative in here is the fact that the washbasin is quite small and uses the showerhead as its tap.
The bedroom, located in the rear features a couple of slatted single bed bases which can be left folded up against each side wall during the day. To make the bed up, sinply fold down the bases, pull out the mattresses then add bedding.
There's also a pair of fold-out metal supports which link from side to side under both beds providing extra support.
Construction and storage
There are a couple of storage areas under each side of the bed, with the offside ones housing the matress infill cushions for the double bed. On the nearside one lockers contains the leisure battery, while the other would perhaps best be used for storing bedding.
The rearmost space under the nearside bed hosues the gas locker, with easy access for changing cylinders. It's also worth noting the t 640 has a more than substantial payload, at 710kg.
The rear garage area is fully supported underneath by metal chassis extensions, so you could carry relatively hefty loads here.
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