Better than it has any right to be for this size/price – and made all the more attractive with its Sovereign spec. It’s a beauty!
Berths: 4 Travel seats: 4 Base vehicle: Fiat Ducato Payload: 605kg Maximum weight: 3,500kg
The ‘compact class’ – low-profile coachbuilts 6m or less in length – is currently showing plenty of ingenuity among manufacturers, none more so than here.
The 586 is the smallest of three Ixeo Times in Sovereign trim, which has been imparted on some nine models from Germany’s Bürstner this season.
The exterior is certainly smart enough. The Sovereign offering includes an awning, plus reversing camera and extra-wide habitation door.
The lounge is larger than we’ve come to expect from an imported motorhome, whatever its size. There’s a commensurately large pedestal leg table.
The upmarket air continues in the cab, where the focal points include a Zenec stereo/reversing monitor/sat-nav system, padded steering wheel, and leather upholstery.
At the back, there’s a fantastic configuration: the kitchen wraps around the offside, while the washroom takes the nearside corner, with a full-sized wardrobe adjacent.
The washroom shows great space efficiency. There’s an easy to clean bench toilet, a swing-out washbasin and folding doors to create a shower cubicle. The wardrobe boasts a capacity that’s more than decent.
The kitchen puts some worktop between the three-ring hob and the circular sink. A Smev oven/grill is a concession to us Brits, but it’s set rather low. There’s another drawer under the grill, while the locker under the hob is compromised by the exterior gas locker.
Completing the kitchen is a narrow 148-litre Dometic fridge with removable freezer. There’s even space for open shelving above and to the right.
But the defining piece of the interior success story is the drop-down double bed over the lounge. Electrically operated, it impedes slightly into the main doorway when down. The Ixeo Time can also act as an occasional four-berth, with the bed in a higher position and a second double created from the seats underneath.
Neat fittings abound: the drop-down locker under the bed, the open shelving over the cab, the external service hatch that’s home to the fresh water tank filler, dump valves and mains hook-up point.
It’s disappointing not to see a USB socket. But with a 3,500kg maximum weight and over 600kg of payload to play with, there’s opportunity to add a few more of your own defining touches.
All this for £49,995? Incredible.