With its in-demand floor plan and narrow width, the Hobby Optima De Luxe V65 GE has much going for it. The added extras of the De Luxe spec go a long way towards justifying the £50,000 cost of this imported ’van, but UK buyers miss out on an oven. There are many pleasing touches, though – including the clever gas-bottle tray, all-in-one touchscreen control panel and out-of-the-way kitchen sockets.
Narrow width – ideal for country lanes
De Luxe spec includes most cost-options
Looks sharp inside and out
Carries the popular rear twin single beds layout
Habitation door on UK offside so rear passengers step out into the road
No oven in standard specification
German firm Hobby is the world’s largest manufacturer of touring caravans, which in 2014 formed 88% of its total output of leisure vehicles. One of Hobby’s unique selling points in the caravan market, we’re told, is the inclusion of all-inclusive kit lists, saving buyers money and leaving them wanting for little.
This successful strategy has been rolled out into Hobby’s motorhome portfolio for the 2016 touring season, and is available in all three line-ups: Vantana van conversions, Optima low-profiles and Siesta overcab coachbuilts, all denoted by the ‘De Luxe’ designation.
De Luxe buyers benefit from approximately €10,000 (£7750) worth of spec bumps, the lead items of which include LED daytime running lights, cab sunroof, a rear garage door on the driver’s side of the vehicle, pull-out gas bottle rack and a wind-out canopy awning.
Optima is Hobby’s core motorhome offering for the 2016 touring season. Ten models are available: two in 2.16m-wide V (van) flavour, and eight in the 2.33m-wide T (low-profile) form. Buyers shopping for a compact motorhome that’s little wider than a van conversion should certainly find these two narrow-body V models of interest.
What’s more, alongside the French bed V60, the V65 packs on-trend rear twin single beds – a floor plan that permits night-time washroom visits without you having to disturb your partner.
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The 2.16m-wide Hobby Optima De Luxe V65 GE will be as much at home on the motorway as it will be down narrow country lanes
Entering the Hobby Optima De Luxe V65 GE through the offside habitation door, one is confronted with a compact lounge featuring a double and single sofa. This area seats five with the cab seats rotated and the dinette table has a movable section to include all members of the party.
Daylight enters through a large nearside window, as well as through the skylight above the cab, supported by LED reading lights and a ceiling cluster.
Two décor schemes are available: Ashai ash/magnolia (as fitted to our test ’van), or Karelia pine/salamander. The lounge is a comfortable place in which to spend time, and the narrower width of the vehicle doesn’t impinge on the space available.
Unusually, the galley is sited on the offside – many Continental producers favour an L- or V-shaped kitchen behind the dinette’s double sofa.
With all the galley equipment set out in a straight line, cooks get the use of three gas burners, a sink with mixer tap, and an extractor fan. The cooker and sink lids will need to be closed to provide food preparation space, but the dinette table is close by for backup.
Under the sink there’s a 96-litre dual-fuel fridge with ice box, to the left of three kitchen drawers, including one for cutlery.
With relatively little space to play with, after accommodating the lounge and longitudinal beds on a 6.74m body length, the washroom has to be a multi-function one – so the shower tray doubles as the washroom floor.
Enter through a pleasing domestic-style door to find a swivelling cassette toilet, next to a compact corner sink with mixer tap. Bi-fold and tambour doors are used to keep spray from contacting the non-acrylic surfaces.
Up above, next to the shower head, is a retractable line for hanging wet clothes and towels up to dry.
Billed as a two-berth, the Hobby Optima De Luxe V65 GE can be specified with an optional extra sleeping space in the lounge (1.9m x 0.76m), which can be set up and taken down on demand.
The permanent sleeping arrangements are at the rear, in the form of two single beds measuring 2m x 0.76m. This sleeping space is accessed via two central steps, and the overall headroom of 1.98m isn’t severely undermined by the height of the beds. A reading light at either end of the headboard is controlled by a considerately positioned switch in its centre.
The Hobby Optima De Luxe V65 GE’s 548kg payload can be ably spread around the ’van. Users can choose between 15 overhead lockers throughout, plus a large rear garage accessible on both sides of the vehicle. In addition to that, there is a wardrobe under the offside bed, and a dedicated space for shoes in the base of the half-dinette’s single sofa.
|Shipping Length||6.74 m|
|Engine Size||2300 cc|