Berths: 3 Travel seats: 4 Base vehicle: Fiat Ducato Gross weight: 3,500kg Payload: 440kg
Newly launched in the UK, completing a Bürstner line-up that now extends from a 5.4-metre campervan right up to tag-axle Elegance A-classes, the City Car takes the popular German brand into a different sector. As well as a single medium-wheelbase version, the City Car range includes two long-wheelbase (6m) models and one 6.36m extra-long derivative. It’s the mid-sized C 602 that we’re looking at here.
On the outside, the first thing you’ll notice is the flush-fitting habitation area windows, which look so much better than the usual caravan-style glazing. They should cut wind noise and improve security, too.
White is the standard paint colour but graphite, silver and Champagne are also available. The show model here also features a number of useful accessories, including a roof box with side access ladder, an awning, a bike rack mounted onto the right-hand rear door and alloy wheels.
That awning can be bought as part of a pack that also includes an electric step, heated waste water tank and cab blinds – all items that you probably won’t want to forgo.
You’ll also want to add the Chassis Pack (passenger airbag, electric mirrors, DAB aerial and speakers, height-adjustable passenger seat, cab air-conditioning and cruise control).
In the living area, the C 602 adopts the latest in continental van conversion formats, with generous lengthways sleeping aft in a six-metre bodyshell (prior to 2016 this layout required the longer van). As well as the beds at the back, the City Car also offers the possibility of transforming the front half-dinette into a transverse single bed (claimed dimensions approx 1.80m by 0.80m), though the additional cushions for this berth are an optional extra. The cab seats (in matching fabric) play no role in bed-making but they do, of course, swivel for use on site.
In typical van conversion style, the galley stretches across the open doorway, but particularly neat is
the positioning of the compressor fridge in the end
of the unit, so it’s easily reached from inside or outside the ’van. Above the fridge is a useful fold-up worktop extension, while the two-burner hob and sink are in a single stainless-steel unit with split glass lids. Further to the rear, the galley features a useful set of soft-closing drawers.
Across the aisle, the washroom has a silver tambour door, fixed corner basin, swivel cassette toilet and a shower curtain.
Finally, the rear memory foam mattress can be partially folded away to create loading room for a couple of bicycles. Tie-down hooks are provided to secure these, or any other large load.
If you enjoyed this review, you can read the full version and more in the April 2017 issue of What Motorhome magazine.