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Burstner Argos A747-2

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Key Features

  • Model Year : 2007
  • Class : Overcab Coachbuilt
  • Base Vehicle : Fiat Ducato
  • Engine Size : 3.0TD
  • Layout : Garage
  • Maximum Weight (Kg) : 5000
  • Berths : 6

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

Model Year
2007
Manufacturer
Bürstner
Class
Overcab Coachbuilt
Range
Argos
Base Vehicle
Fiat Ducato
Length (m)
Engine Size
3.0TD
Payload (kg)
1200
Belted Seats
6
Width (m)
2.30
Price from (£)
54750
Price from (€)
Main Layout
Garage
Maximum weight (kg)
5000
Berths
6
Height (m)

DETAILED REVIEW

SQUARELY aimed at families – or full-time motorhomers – and looking quite superb on its tag-axle Al-Ko chassis with double floor, this motorhome makes no apology for its size – all 8.85 metres of it.

Crucial to its family-friendly talents are the six fully belted seats within – four are fitted to the pullman dinette.

Curving luton and a stylish paint job add to the external appeal, while the new Ducato front end looks just right – the old model is rendered a distant-and-boxy memory.

Motorisation is courtesy of Fiat’s brand-new 160 Multijet Power engine that puts out only three less horsepower than its moniker implies and offers big torque for a relaxing drive.

An equally new six-cog transmission also offers the best choice of ratios you’re likely to find.

Storage provision is as massive as the 1.2-tonne payload, with hatches giving access to a double floor cavity almost big enough to be called a basement.

At the rear, a large garage will do the trick of swallowing all the family’s holiday transport and more besides. Make the considerable ascent to gain entry and you’re faced with a stylish, modern interior that’s not too Teutonic in character.

The cab plays no part in the living area, banished as it is behind a sliding door. Even so, there’s plenty of room for relaxation and eating as a long sofa joins the aforementioned dinette.

All this lacks is an infill at the cab end to create a giant L-shaped lounge – but the Reliner sofa is the ultimate in comfort. Further forward, the kid-swallowing luton looks nicely designed and spacious.

Amidships, the kitchen splits itself as the main unit offers an unusual-for-a-European-motorhome, but very welcome, full cooker opposite the kind of big fridge/freezer now considered essential in any ‘van bigger than a Volkswagen-sized camper.

The rear is home to the expected generous over-garage double bed served by an en-suite, created as the toilet room door swings across to block the aisle. Now enclosed are toilet, washbasin, separate shower and wardrobe, with plenty of room to use each.

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Big all over, the latest incarnation of Bürstner’s jumbo looks good enough to eat and should perform with aplomb. The old model was a best-seller, so success for this new one is assured.

Summary:

Genuinely capable as a no-holds barred family motorhome, the Argos A747-2 is well built and superbly equipped.

Fact-file:

Make: Bürstner
Model: Argos A747-2
Base vehicle: Fiat Ducato Al-Ko, 157bhp
Price from: £54,750 on-the-road
Length: 8.85m (29ft 0.5in)
Width: 2.30m (7ft 6.5in)
Height: 3.15m (10ft 4in)
Gross vehicle weight: 5,000kg
Payload: 1,200kg
Berths: six
Travel seats: six, including driver

•    This review first appeared in the April 2007 issue of Which Motorcaravan. To subscribe to the magazine, click here.

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