Do you drool over UK-friendly rear-lounge layouts from the likes of Frankia and Carthago? And then sigh when you see the price – and the length of the vehicle?
If so, the latest offering from Eura Mobil might provide something of a compromise. The IL650HS is the slightly cheaper and shorter of two A-class line-ups from the company.
Eura Mobil isn’t widely seen in this country: although the German brand is part of the Trigano Group, it doesn’t have a wide network of UK dealers yet. But we were able to view this model at Geoff Cox Leisure, in Derbyshire.
You get a standard Ducato cab with drinks holders in the middle and the only door on the passenger side. Our test ‘van was a Mondial Edition, which has two options packs as standard.
The Touring Package has an extra Heki, an Omnivent, a door flyscreen and an additional roof light, while the Comfort Package has three features you might expect – cab air-con, cruise control and a rear-view camera – plus one you might not: inflatable lumbar support in the cab seats.
The two travel seats in the back are behind in the lounge, fine for adults and teenagers, but less so for small children. It’s no surprise that Isofix child seat fittings are not included.
That rear lounge, however, is very hospitable, with a huge table that seats six. The TV slides out of a slot between here and the kitchen, so it’s visible to all, and there are USB sockets nearby.
The huge roof light lets the sun flood in, while good ambient lighting and five spots keep things bright at night. There are no fewer than three heating vents in this section. Nor is this the only lounge – you can place a pedestal table between the swivelled cab seats.
This season’s interior décor is a huge improvement, too, with two-tone seating and delicate blind patterns.
The central washroom means that whoever is in the passenger seat can’t see those in the lounge. Next to this seat when swivelled is a small chest of drawers, just right for a laptop. There is no mains socket near, though, and you’d have to use the USB in the cab.
The kitchen is set off from the lounge by a small Prospect divider. It includes a three-burner inline hob, set back to allow for work surface. A pull-out extension offers more space, although it does protrude across the door. The sink cover divides into two and has a chopping board below. One of these halves can be slotted against the wall to form a shelf.
There is a lot of storage space here. Both overhead lockers are shelved. Two big drawers slide out from under the hob, while the narrower drawers under the sink pull out all the way to the other side of the aisle, where you will find the fridge and, above it on our model, the optional Tec Tower oven.
In the washroom, the basin swings forward to make room for the shower cubicle, with its own tap and soap dish. The shower tray is unobstructed, with two drainage holes. You also get a roof vent and plenty of lighting.
You have to turn the cab seats back and fold them down to allow the front double bed to be lowered, taking care not to sound the horn by mistake! But once the bed is down, it is well equipped, with elegant lamps in each corner, plus two spotlights on the offside and two USB sockets close at hand. The second bed is made by lowering the table and adding the seat backrests.
The rear lounge means that the garage is not big enough for bicycles, but you can access this space from inside by lifting the seat cushions.
Generous storage includes a large wardrobe with a shelf, five lockers around the rear lounge, and that chest behind the cab. We also like the two cubby-holes under the dropdown bed.
PRACTICAL MOTORHOME SAYS…
This smart motorhome is certainly a contender if you are looking for a rear-lounge, front-bedroom format. It’s also cheaper than some of the better-known upmarket German brands; although there’s not a huge drop in price, especially when you consider that you only get Truma Combi 4 heating, and there’s no microwave.
But, at 6.5m long, this ‘van is more manageable than some of those big beasts, and best of all, with a 3500kg chassis, anyone can drive the IL650HS.
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The huge roof light lets the sun flood in, while good ambient lighting and five spots keep things bright at night
|Shipping Length||6.50 m|
|Engine Size||2300 cc|