Loaded with extra equipment and tech as standard, this three-berth has an appealing rear twin bed layout and an L-shaped lounge, as well as two separate washrooms - making it particularly suitable for couples.
Base vehicle: Fiat Ducato Price from: £59,890 Berths: 2/3 Travel seats: 4 Length: 6.99m Width: 2.35m Height: 2.90m Gross weight: 3,500kg (3,850kg) Payload: 469kg
Hymer produces a wide range of motorhomes, from its flagship A-classes based on the new Mercedes Sprinter down to more affordable, but still upmarket, Fiat Ducato-based models – after all, the Hymer brand sits above Bürstner and Dethleffs in the Erwin Hymer Group hierarchy.
On the Continent, its low-profile Fiats are called Tramp but, for obvious reasons, this is reduced to a simple ‘T’ in the UK and it’s considered as the entry point into the world of Hymer motorhomes. There are three variants – the CL, GL and SL (with double floor) and here we’re looking at the mid-range GL version, now in special edition trim, called Ambition.
These Ambition models come loaded with a host of extra equipment and technology as standard. So, unlike many German motorhomes, where the options list is extensive but the standard spec is sometimes a little lacking, this 578 (like all the Ambition layouts) comes with added extras to the base vehicle, including automatic cab air-conditioning, leather steering wheel, cruise control, LED daytime running lights, 16in alloy wheels, tyre pressure sensors and a unique Style Pack that sees the cab painted in Alumino Grey metallic combined with special exterior graphics on the Hymer body.
Inside the habitation area Ambition buyers get extra kit such as concertina cab blinds, an overcab panoramic sunroof, ambient LED lighting throughout, a mosquito net for the habitation door and a wooden duckboard for the shower.
All this extra kit, which would usually cost £7,880 from Hymer’s options list, comes as standard. And you also get the more powerful 150bhp Euro 6 turbo-diesel engine, plus twin airbags (which really should be standard on every model).
The three-berth T-GL Ambition 578 is 6.99m long and features the very popular rear twin single bed layout, with an L-shaped lounge up front. Beneath the beds is a garage 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).
There’s an impressive maximum headroom of 2.12m in the living area, although there is a step down from the lounge into the kitchen, and up again to the central washroom, as well as two central steps to access the high-level beds.
The beds have lockers above the head end, so sitting up will be tricky. There are also twin reading lights, windows to either side, a small rooflight and 12V, 230V and twin USB sockets. Below the foot of each bed is storage and just ahead you’ll find the shower room and, opposite, the toilet room. One person could use the shower while still leaving the WC and washbasin free for their partner.
Both the loo and shower have curved sliding tambour doors to provide privacy but, unlike many designs of this ilk, there is no across-the-aisle door to close off the front of the motorhome to create a private en suite. The shower is large but the floor has a protruding wheelarch creating a small step. Opposite, the washroom has a Thetford swivel loo, a circular washbasin and both high and low-level storage. Both shower and toilet rooms are ventilated thanks to skylights.
The kitchen, on the nearside, features a circular sink with a cover to provide extra workspace and a three-burner gas hob. Below are four good-sized drawers, all of which are soft-closing. Opposite, alongside the habitation door, is a 142-litre Thetford fridge/freezer.
Here, you’ll find all the life support control panels and a TV bracket, which will prove ideal for those watching from the two swivelled cab seats.
Finally, the lounge features a multi-directional table, a half-dinette and a side-facing single seat, as well as a panoramic overcab rooflight.
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