New for the 2020 season, the Lyseo M sees the return of the Burstner-Mercedes partnership. Expect a lot of interest in this; the 660's key features include a French bed, a spacious washroom and - perhaps above all else - a refined driving experience.
Base vehicle: Mercedes Sprinter Price from: £71,995 Berths: 2/4 Travel seats: 4 Length: 6.99m Width: 2.32m Height: 2.99m Gross weight: 3,500kg
Not since the T-Star range of the early noughties have the names Bürstner and Mercedes been united to create an all-German motorhome. But, with the arrival of the new Sprinter, has come a resurgence of interest in the three-pointed star, especially at Erwin Hymer Group. New models from Hymer itself have been followed by launches by Dethleffs, Laika and now Bürstner, the latter trio all opting for rear-wheel drive versions of the Merc chassis-cab.
At Bürstner it’s a simple range of two models for now, both 6.99m long and with the 143bhp motor as standard, as well as a metallic grey cab. Choose from the T 660 here with (unusually) a French bed, or, more typically, the T 690 G with fixed singles over a garage. Both the 163bhp engine upgrade and seven-speed automatic transmission are options, while those with the appropriate licence can have a 3,880kg gross weight in place of the standard 3,500kg.
Also, to keep things relatively simple, the vast array of Mercedes optional extras has been grouped into packs, but, perhaps more importanty, the Multimedia Pack (the 10.25in MBUX screen on the dashboard, the DAB radio and rear view camera) and the Chassis Pack (cupholders, semi-automatic air-conditioning, chrome grille, a leather multi-function steering wheel, automatic wipers and electric parking brake) have been added into the standard UK spec, making the Lyseo M look surprisingly good value at £71,995.
You’ll only need to find extra cash for the Driving Assistant Pack (which adds the high beam assist and active lane control assist) or the Winter Pack. On the habitation side, Bürstner has also upgraded the UK-market spec to include the Lighting Pack (extra interior illumination, especially indirect lighting), the Kitchen Pack (including a coffee capsule holder and storage segregation system) and the DeLuxe Pack (rooflight over the lounge, aluminium framed windows, and habitation door with window, flyscreen and bin).
Bürstner describes the 660’s layout as the return of a 19-year-old design. However, the company hasn’t just dusted off its old plans. An angled wardrobe at the foot of the bed has been introduced to ease access for the sleeper near the wall, while the new Maxi-Flexo bathroom offers a huge 1.15m by 0.78m shower cubicle. This has been made possible by a swing-wall that rotates the basin over the bench loo. It makes superb use of the space in a washroom that also boasts lots of storage.
The French bed is another key feature and it’s a good size, at 2.00m long, though width is a more modest 1.34m. There’s still a noticeable cut-off corner to the mattress but floor space around the end of the bed and in the galley area is generous.
The kitchen itself comes with a 142-litre fridge/freezer with four-bottle rack alongside, plenty of drawer space and, in another enhancement to the British spec, a Thetford Triplex cooker (with combined oven/grill) fitted as standard, rather than the hob-only arrangement seen in our photos. There’s useful full-height shelved storage alongside.
The lounge has an L-settee plus a small inward-facing seat with extendable squab. Cushion-style backrests against the nearside wall making sitting here more comfortable, while the Vario Blinds are a new feature and an overcab sunroof is standard. An electric drop-down bed (measuring 1.98m by 1.31m) is an option but it should be noted that this comes down over the entrance.
Whether it’s two or four berths you require, this Lyseo is not short of storage and the under-bed locker, while not a full garage, offers a maximum interior height of 0.94m across almost two-thirds of the width. But it’s the refined drive of the Merc with its sophisticated features and smooth auto ’box which will win the day. Bürstner’s estimates of the Lyseo Ms taking 10% of the company’s UK sales may well prove to be pessimistic.
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