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The Practical Motorhome Bürstner Elegance i 821 G review
Its optional champagne gold paintwork helps make it look reasonably interesting. It has two cab doors which, together with the habitation door, give it good levels of access and safety. The gas locker is around 50cm off the ground.
Inside, things are understated and functional. It’s zoned into a front lounge, middle kitchen and rear washroom and sleeping area.
Build and material quality are of a high standard, and there's a single-level habitation area from front to back.
On the road
Lounging & dining
The far-side dinette settee also has a reclining function: you can push the seat base forward and unfold the tops of the seat backs for lazier lounging. Our only complaint about the Burstner’s lounge seating is that the nearside dinette settee has a shorter seat base than its counterpart, opposite, and could really do with an additional knee-roll to improve comfort levels.
There's only one power point in the lounge. In an age when we’re likely to travel with a suitcase full of chargers, we really should be getting more on this front.
The two belted rear travel seats are comfortable for long-distance travel.
There's a four-burner hob and a big sink (36cm diameter and 12cm deep), and lots of workspace. The Dometic TEC Tower unit is pleasing on the eye, with its tall fridge/freezer stack topped by a small oven/grill, but the eye-level positioning of the oven will ignite familiar safety concerns.
Unfortunately, once this cabinet is open, the door impedes access to the shower cubicle. Perhaps a set of double-doors might have worked better?
The Burstner’s pull-down bed up front measures 135 x 197cm and is comfortable and easy to set up.
The benefit of having a separate shower is that the toilet area can be made far more attractive since it does not need to be so protected from damp.
Its toilet area is spacious but loses out in terms of its finish: a strangely shaped plastic sink is poor when cheaper motorhomes have stainless steel fittings.
Being a double-floor model, this ’van benefits from between-floor lockers, handy for storing sundry items such as chocks and wellies. Having said that, the Burstner's are almost entirely taken up by amenities, with the leisure battery in one and fuses in the other.
The wardrobe is just forward from one of the washroom cubicles, and within the partitioned bedroom area. It’s a roomy, full-length wardrobe with lights and double doors that do not intrude too far into the habitation area when opened.
Dometic Fridge, 4-burner gas hob, Combined Oven/Grill, Extractor fan
Thetford C-250 toilet, Separate shower cubicle
A great option for those willing to deal with the extra length, but its interior is disappointing.
- Good build quality; high-end equipment; comfortable lounge; enormous payload
- The washroom is let down by its finish