The Bürstner Elegance 910G more or less tips over into the special class of vehicles that Continental manufacturers call liners – seriously long (and seriously heavy), with seriously luxurious interiors.

For 2021, Bürstner’s Elegance was given a full upgrade, so it now comes on Mercedes’ lightweight SLC chassis. ‘Lightweight’ here is a relative term, because both models in this range – the single-bed 910G and island-bed 920G – are 8.91m long and have an MTPLM of 5500kg, so are only suitable for those with the appropriate licence.

The Elegance comes with a new double floor that is 36cm deep, and several interior improvements. It is also the first and currently, only, range in the world to feature Thetford’s new INDUS toilet system. Apart from making emptying the loo much less hassle, this is also designed to save water and make it easier for you to live off-grid.

We viewed the 910G at Emm-Bee Motorhomes in Bury to find out more.

The sleek-all-black dashboard on the new Mercedes cab is perhaps slightly marred by some blingy Bürstner branding. But with the gearstick for the Mercedes automatic gearbox (a £3725 extra on our test model) and an electric brake, there is nothing to obstruct the gangway back to the lounge area.

The motorhome comes with two fold-out travel seats as standard, enclosed in the casing for the settees.

Bürstner says it wanted to give the optional upholstery and worktops in our test model (adding a further £3280) the interior was indeed glossy, and monochrome. Two huge side windows (which only have blinds) and a medium Heki let in plenty of daylight. A wide range of LEDs light up the place at night, and the large pedestal table folds in two.

The entrance is furnished with a boot locker, a lit grab handle and a handy place to leave your mobile, with USBs.

After all that gloss, it is surprising the kitchen on this UK model only has a three-burner gas hob and a combined oven and grill. Even the extractor fan is a £190 extra. The worktop houses a sink that is an odd shape – you would be unlikely to find a washing-up bowl to fit in here. But then you might not want to, because this kitchen, like the lounge, is high-gloss and very stylish.

There is plenty of well-lit workspace and a mains socket under the locker; there’s also a cutlery drawer down below. Across the way is a two-way opening Dometic fridge, but there is no microwave.

The washroom, spread across the aisle and easily partitioned off, is sumptuous. On the nearside, the shower has been expanded this year. It is well-lit, but there is relatively little storage space. There is only one drain, but the tray does dip down.

The long, comfortable single beds at the rear are accessible up three steps. Bürstner has included an innovative little chest beside each headboard with the controls for the lights, and a place to store and charge your mobile.

The sizeable overcab bed can be operated electronically as standard.

Even with the travel seats taking up space under the settees, there is plenty of storage. Three large overhead lockers in the lounge are shelved, while there is a huge wardrobe in the washroom with decent hanging space and shelves.

In the kitchen, in addition to shelves in the corner you get an overhead locker, two pull-out shelves, a spice rack and a large drawer below.

Thanks to the double floor, as well as the huge rear garage, you have an external-access locker that runs right under the ‘van – perfect for skis. And there are no fewer than nine cubbyholes in the floor. While some provide access to essential services, others offer yet more secure hiding space for valuables.

PRACTICAL MOTORHOME SAYS….

If luxury and off-grid camping go together for you, the new-look Elegance could be the perfect vehicle. Its Continental pricing does need getting used to, and explains why our test model was on sale for £13,770 more than the basic price. There are also items that UK buyers might be surprised to find aren’t even included as extras, particularly in the kitchen. But for modern style, this one really is hard to beat.

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