The Charisma II was launched in Germany for the 2006 season by German manufacturer Concorde, which sets the standard Europe-wide when it comes to building 6.5 tonne-and-over premium A-class motorhomes.

It earned a big thumbs-up from our reader tester Ruth Bass, at the NEC show in 2006, and romped home as the winner in the 
‘A-class over £60,000’ category in the Caravan Club’s Design & Drive Awards 2008.

The company hasn’t rested on its laurels, launching the Credo, a more budget-minded A-class (if you can call the thick end of £80,000 ‘budget’) and most recently the Charisma 890G, which garages a Smart car and still stays beneath the crucial 7.5-tonne MTPLM. This latter model took pride of place on UK importer Southdowns’ stand at the October NEC show.

We tested the 890M model you see here, shortly after its success at the Design & Drive Awards and, for us, it remains one of the best models of 2008/09.