Andrew McPhee

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Read Practical Motorhome's review of the Concorde Charisma II 890M, a luxurious, four-berth A-class

Overview

This, unquestionably, is luxury. Concorde is one of Europe’s most respected manufacturers when it comes to A-class motorhomes, consistently producing some of the best-built ‘vans around.

This top end, four-berth A-class, the Concorde Charisma II 890M, only goes to strengthen that reputation. Floorplan highlights include two facing bench seats in the dining area and a large, island bed in the rear bedroom. Luxury like this does not come cheap, however – basic models cost from £101,000, but can reach £137,000 with optional extras.

Design

Coachwork construction involves 42mm-thick walls with a ‘Solidtherm’ aluminium sandwich. There is a ‘cold spot’ elimination feature and a double floor which contains all services. This floor is 70mm thick with two layers of high-quality foam insulation. Other winterisation features include heated coach-style wing mirrors and interior heating from the engine-independent gas-fired system.

The motorhome has central locking and even has separate batteries integrated into the habitation door so that if the electrics fail, you can still get out of the motorhome.

On the road

The Charisma II, based on an Iveco chassis, has been redeveloped and now has a flat floor throughout and a manufacturer-engineered front end (in other words ditching the Iveco dashboard and starting again). This means you sit high up, close to the panoramic windscreen which allows a vastly improved view of the road ahead.

Cab features include air conditioning, heated and electrically adjustable mirrors, satellite navigation, a top-notch sound system, and electric, thermal windscreen blinds.

This 890M has a whopping 3.0-litre engine, which churns out a meaty 177bhp at 3500rpm. Anything smaller would struggle to pull this heavy, 8.98m-long ‘van.

Lounging & dining

On board, the impression is one of sheer quality and luxury. Cream leather, subtly bevelled warm cherrywood, delicately designed Roman blinds and just enough glass and mirror detail to mark it out as special, but tasteful.

The inward-facing sofas are very comfortable with good support. The clever multi-position table is large enough for four to dine, with plenty of room, and also acts as a drinks table when the cab seats are swivelled.

All in all, this is a ‘decadent’ lounge. The lighting would be a joy by day or night: the panoramic windows and Heki rooflights are complemented by concertina blinds and spotlighting. A satellite system and LCD TV are fitted as standard.

Kitchen

The kitchen is ideally placed by the entrance door for unloading shopping and for serving to the dining table.
We loved the varied and extensive storage space with its clever fitments. Details abound such as towel rail, well-positioned sockets and superb lighting. The latest fridge/freezer, gas oven and grill tower unit is complemented by an electric combination microwave under the hob and a powerful, ceiling-mounted, thermostatically controlled extractor fan.

The stylish Corisan one-piece worktop/sink-drainer will be practical and hardwearing, but offers only average worktop space. It’s a great kitchen, though, and we were even excited about the bin, which has separate recycling sections.

Sleeping

The star here is the queen-sized island bed, with a Lattoflex/Carawinx system. We discovered extensive clothes storage space with wardrobes for hanging clothes on either side of the bed.

There are hosts of thoughtful details, too, such as shelves for books, reading lights, a padded platform to assist getting in or out of bed, and a dedicated TV spot.

With a double, drop-down bed above the cab this is a four-berth ‘van – but it has only three belted travel seats.

Washroom

The washroom can be partitioned from kitchen, bedroom, or both, or left open to allow a clear passage to the rear – perfect. We simply could not fault this area, especially the vanity/basin area with better storage, lighting and mirrors than most homes. The separate corner shower cubicle and china-bowl marine toilet are opposite.

Storage

The huge rear garage is heated, lit and fully insulated, with checker-plate flooring, mounting points and a good 200kg weight allowance.

Further forward a vast full-width locker in the double floor can swallow all kinds of leisure or sporting equipment. Really practical details are everywhere, such as the reels of hose and cable in their own locker, and a drain tray for wet footwear in a locker by the entrance door. Roof bars and a ladder are fitted.

There is a host of practical and inventive internal storage areas with thoughtful nooks and crannies everywhere.

Technical specs

Sleeps4
Travel seats4
MTPLM6000kg
Payload1000kg
Length8.98m29′6″
Width2.38m7′10″
Height3.29m10′10″
Kitchen Equipment
Dometic Fridge, 3-burner gas hob, Combined Oven/Grill, Microwave, Extractor fan
Washroom
Dometic toilet, Separate shower cubicle
Heating
Alde water heater, Alde wet central heating

Verdict

This motorhome compares well with many American RVs in terms of the scale and number of ‘toys’ on board, but it is also very different. It is more economical to drive, better winterised and has a different, chic European personality to it. The layout feels functional and the uncompromising build quality, specification and attention to detail would be very hard to match. There's little to fault in this motorhome. If you’re a wealthy buyer with a desire for a large-but-not-silly-sized luxury motorhome, you’d love this Concorde.

Conclusion

Pros

  • Layout
  • Kitchen
  • Quality
  • Specification
  • Driving position
  • Lounge

Cons

  • There are only three belted travel seats
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