The Elegance lives up to its name once again, particularly in the bedroom and washroom departments.
Berths: 4 Travel seats: 4 Base vehicle: Fiat Ducato Al-Ko Tag-Axle Gross vehicle weight: 5,000kg Payload: 1,085kg
In Britain, where there is no real home-produced A-class market, the sight of more than eight-and-a-half metres of Bürstner is anything but mainstream, despite how the Erwin Hymer Group may be positioning the brand.
This 840 is a true double-floor motorhome with slim external storage running from side to side and a huge garage in the stern, even if the gas locker does intrude into it.
And just as the external appearance has a wow factor, the interior goes a step further – especially when you turn on the impressive array of indirect LED lighting. There’s even a strip light over the settee that unclips at one end to swivel out over your newspaper or magazine.
Bürstner has gone to great lengths to integrate the black Fiat dashboard into its new, much larger home. Black mouldings surround the fascia and silver flashes give a futuristic feel.
There’s plenty of room to relax in the Aguti captain’s chairs with their quilted Ferra Arc leather or on the L-settee, while the TV is at a pleasant height, just under the glazed wine glass locker.
The bedroom and bathroom are the 840’s most desirable features.
The high single beds are big, and joined in the centre almost to knee level. Their mattresses seem to strike just the right balance of firmness and comfort. When a slot-in cushion is added, they form a double of more than two metres square. From the bedroom forward the floor is completely flat.
There’s the usual under-bed wardrobe on the offside, while the bathroom boasts a second hanging space and a clothes cupboard on the other side of the XL-sized shower.
There are sliding doors (in brilliant white) fore and aft and a tambour door shuts off the loo when required. Pity it’s a plastic Thetford, rather than a ceramic bowl Dometic unit.
The kitchen, too, looks good. And there are practical touches, too – giant-sized, soft-close drawers, three-in-line hob, decent worktop space, upmarket metal tap and a slide-out rack for six wine bottles. The fridge is an HPC version to cope with Iberian summers but keen cooks will still bemoan the only oven option being high up in a Tec-Tower
This is an abridged version of the full review appearing in the November 2015 issue of What Motorhome.