Berths: 4 Travel seats: 4 Base vehicle: Fiat Ducato Gross weight: 3,500kg Payload: 300kg
The new Ixeo A-class takes the place of the previous Aviano range in the Bürstner line-up and comes with a distinctive new face featuring LED daytime running lights. It boasts flush, aluminium-framed side windows, an extra-wide habitation door, a choice of exterior colours (white, silver or the Champagne shown overleaf) and a double floor that allows a step-free walk from the cab right through the vehicle.
The key feature of the 744 model is the sumptuous rear L-shaped lounge, complete with sideboard running along the offside wall, a slide-out coffee table and large wall-mounted TV. There is also a drop-down bed above, as well as the usual A-class bed above the cab. A second seating area up front with L-shaped lounge – and two three-point belts, with Isofix child seat fastenings as an option – ensures that four can travel safely in the 744, too.
Bedroom-wise, you can expect cold foam mattresses and Bürstner’s own 5-Comfort-Zone system. The new Ixeo I line-up comes with a selection of familiar twin single bed and island bed floorplans, as well as this more unusual twin lounge design.
Unlike the Lyseo, however, the more upmarket Ixeo comes with more comprehensive washroom facilities, including a totally separate shower (on the nearside of the vehicle, opposite the toilet room). There’s a 120-litre fresh water tank with overflow protection and a powerful water pump, and a 90-litre waste water tank. Outside, there’s an external shower with mixer tap.
The kitchen is well appointed and comes with a Fenix repairable worktop. It features an L-shaped format and has the usual combined oven and grill mounted below the counter-top. Its three-burner hob has the gas rings in a line for better space utilisation and there’s an extractor fan above. A Dometic 145-litre fridge/freezer provides ample storage for food and the kitchen even features an optional capsule holder for your coffee machine.
The interior is stylish and modern with optional leather upholstery, Satina or Riva Loft furnishings and ambient lighting in the living room. Bodywork features a GRP floor and roof and wood-free construction, while a service box provides convenient access to all the practical aspects of the habitation area.
Predictably, the running gear comes from Fiat, here with the low-frame Camper chassis, with its wider rear track for improved stability. There’s a choice of 130, 150 or 177bhp power outputs – and ASR, ESP, hill holder and Traction Plus are all standard, as well as cruise control, ABS, Fix ‘n’ Go kit (instead of a spare wheel), cab air-conditioning and a passenger airbag.
As usual, a whole host of optional extras are available. Be aware, though, that payload on the standard 3,500kg chassis is just 300kg (before options). If your driving licence allows, a combined upgrade of 150bhp motor and 4-tonne chassis would seem like a wise investment at £2,930.
Heating is by Truma Combi 6 gas/electric boiler as standard, with the iNet box (for remote operation) or Alde warm water heating offered as optional extras. A number of packs are available, too, and you’ll probably want to add the Pioneer multi-media system with rear camera, as well as the navigation upgrade and sound system.
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