This special edition Ambition is one of the best options currently available for a couple looking to get into the wonderful world of Hymer coachbuilt motorhome ownership
Base vehicle Fiat Ducato Price from £59,890 Berths 2/3 Travel seats 4 Length 6.75m Height 2.90m Width 2.35m Gross weight 3,500kg Payload 469kg
The German manufacturer, Hymer, produces a large range of coachbuilt models from the top-end Mercedes-based A-classes to more mid-range, as well as entry-level Fiat Ducato-based models, which is where this T range sits.
This range is called Tramp on the continent but, for obvious reasons, it has been reduced to a simple ‘T’ in the UK and is considered as the entry point into the world of Hymer motorhomes.
The T comes in three variants – the CL, GL and SL and here we’re looking at the mid GL version.
Better still, for 2019, it gets a special edition version, called the Ambition.
These Ambitions come loaded with a host of extra equipment and technology as standard.
So, unlike many German-made motorhomes where the options list is extensive but the standard list is sometimes a little too short, this 578 (as do all the Ambition models) comes with added extras to the base vehicle, such as automatic cab air-con, leather steering wheel, cruise control, LED daytime running lights, 16” alloy wheels, tyre pressure sensors and a unique style pack that sees the cab painted in Alumino grey metallic paint and special exterior ambition graphics to the body.
And, for the habitation area, Ambition buyers get extra kit such as concertina cab blinds, over-cab panoramic sunroof, ambient LED lighting throughout, a mosquito net for the habitation door and even a wooden duckboard for the shower.
All these bits of kit, which would usually cost £7,880 from Hymer’s options list come as standard.
You even get the more powerful 150bhp Euro VI turbo-diesel engine and twin airbags (which really should be standard on every model)
This particular model, the three-berth 578, is 6.75m long and features the very popular rear twin single bed layout with an L-shaped lounge up front. There is a garage beneath the beds, which can be accessed via two large exterior doors or from inside and has a weight capacity of 300kg (that can be upgraded to 450kg).
It has an impressive maximum of 2.12m of headroom in the living area, although there is a step down from the front lounge into the central kitchen and a step up again to the central washroom area, as well as two steps to access the rear beds.
The beds have high-level lockers above the headrest, which are high enough to allow occupants to sit up while in bed. There are also twin reading lights, windows to either side, a small Heki rooflight and a 12V, 230v socket and twin USB charging plugs in the centre of the bed headrest.
Below the foot of each bed is storage access and just ahead of these are the shower room and, opposite, the WC. This means one person can use the shower while still leaving the WC and washbasin free for their partner.
Both the WC and shower have curved sliding tambour doors to provide privacy but, unlike some designs of this ilk, there is no across-the-isle door to close off the front of the motorhome to create a rear en suite and private changing area.
The shower is large and high and, while the floor has a protruding wheel arch creating a small step, it does have that aforementioned duckboard.
Opposite, the heated washroom has a flushing Thetford swivel loo, a circular washbasin and high and low-level storage. Both rooms are ventilated thanks to skylights in the roof.
A single step down takes you to the catering area, with the kitchen on one side (nearside) with a circular sink fed by a single tap with a cover to provide extra workspace and a three-burner gas hob with glass cover. Below are four good-sized drawers, all of which are soft-close. There is also high-level storage, which runs along above the lounge to the cab.
Opposite is a full-sized 142-litre Thetford Smart Tower fridge/freezer with habitation door alongside, which, in keeping with most continental motorhomes, is on the UK offside. Here one finds all the life support control panels and a TV bracket, which will provide ideal for those watching TV from the two swivelled cab seats.
Finally, at the front is the lounge, which is accessed by another small step up from the kitchen and features a fixed multi-direction table surrounded by a half-dinette, which provides the two rear travel seats, and two side-facing single seats. To complete the seating are the cab’s two swivel captain’s seats, which provide seats five and six. Looking down over the lounge is a huge panoramic skylight that provides loads of daylight even on the dullest of days.