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IH N-Class 630 RG - motorhome review

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Key Features

  • Model Year : 2015
  • Class : High top
  • Base Vehicle : Fiat Ducato
  • Maximum Weight (Kg) : 3500
  • Layout : Rear Lounge
  • Berths : 2
  • Engine Size : 2.3TD

The Verdict

Not one single corner has been cut in the build of the N-Class 630 RG. Here’s A-class quality in a van conversion body.

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IH Motorhomes View more details about the manufacturer of this vehicle over in our manufacturers section.

AT A GLANCE

Fiat Ducato extra-LWB Panel Van 2.3-litre, 148bhp, Euro V, six-speed gearbox Two berth Two travel seats Maximum weight: 3,500kg Payload: 510kg

Pros
  • Innovative use of space
  • Great storage
  • Exceptional build quality with total lack of rattles
Cons
  • Expensive as tested
  • Shortish transverse bed
  • Functional, dated washroom

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

Model Year
2015
Manufacturer
IH Motorhomes
Class
High top
Range
N-Class
Base Vehicle
Fiat Ducato
Width (m)
2.05
Length (m)
6.36
Maximum weight (kg)
3500
Main Layout
Rear Lounge
Berths
2
Height (m)
2.61
Engine Size
2.3TD
Belted Seats
2
Payload (kg)
510
Price from (€)
Price from (£)
59995

DETAILED REVIEW

To call the N-Class 630 RG from IH a ‘van conversion’ does it a great disservice. It did, obviously, start life as a Fiat Ducato panel van but it is now a fully-fledged motorhome. You wouldn’t refer to a Hymer A-class as a chassis-cab conversion so I will not refer to this IH in such prosaic terms.

This 630 comes with the 148bhp, 2.3-litre, Euro V+ lump mated to the optional six-speed Comfort-Matic gearbox. It’s a very useful and willing partnership, but it does take a while to learn its quirky ways to get the best out of it. The engine is very strong but the semi-automatic ’box, while preserving the useful torque, takes the fizz out of its performance. It forces you to drive sedately, look a bit further down the road than you might ordinarily do, and prepare accordingly. Having said that, you’ll soon get used to it and come to appreciate that it takes the hassle out of constant gearchanges. Or you could order a 3-litre with manual gearshift…

The double bed is now transverse only – and there’s no single bed option. The bed is 1.88m long, so if you’re over 6ft you might struggle to get a good night’s sleep.

In use, the lounge is very comfortable and the space consumed by the ‘boot’ doesn’t actually feel imposing at all as it provides a useful shelf. The rear has been designed to be both a functional area, with lots of storage, and inviting too, with thick, firm cushions providing excellent sofa comfort. The aesthetic of the curved overhead lockers is enhanced with the trim decoration continuing onto the ceiling.

The washroom is one area where the term ‘functional’ applies. Obviously, getting a full shower, toilet, washbasin and storage for your towels and toiletries into a ’van of this size is nothing to be sniffed at but the facilities are pretty basic.

So, if you are used to a large coachbuilts and want to downsize without compromising on quality, or if you need to keep to a compact ’van but also fancy something with all the trimmings of an A-class, then check out the N-Class line-up. They’re not cheap but they are more than a bit special.

This is an abridged version of the full review that appeared in the March issue of Which Motorhome.