Aesthetically pleasing, the 2018 Hymer Exsis-i 474 works well as a sub-7m ’van for couples who might take the occasional guest on tour.
Most buyers won’t specify as many extras as seen here, but several nice-to-have options will soon push up the £66,000 base price.
That said, it packs cutting-edge technology and a hefty payload.
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You get a generous payload with a 3500kg MTPLM
It’s a great-looking A-class that’s under 7m long
The garage has a high load limit and two access doors
You’ll probably want/need to add some options, which will quickly bump the price up
Its all-in-one washroom is a bit tight
You have to sacrifice a wardrobe to get a tower fridge
The habitation door is on the offside
German brand Hymer claims to have invented the 3000kg weight division some years ago, while competitors focused on the 3500kg threshold, under which you can drive a ’van with a standard licence.
Many motorhomes have MTPLMs well under 3500kg, of course, but Hymer’s difference is to offer higher user payloads.
This matters, it says, because when driver and passenger weights have been deducted, there won’t be a lot left over.
This explains why Hymer’s recent launches have focused on low unladen weights, plus the comfort levels for which it is fêted.
Now, though, many of its design smarts have cascaded down to the latest version of the narrow-body Exsis-i, Hymer’s ‘lead-in’ A-class range.
We saw the result in the form of the Exsis-i 474, a compact four-berth with a front lounge, a midships kitchen and rear fixed twin single beds.
It packs cutting-edge technology and a hefty payload
On a body length of just over 6.5m, and with two longitudinal beds to fit in, the Hymer Exsis-i 474’s lounge feels a tad pinched.
Seating is arranged in an L shape – with no offside sofa this space is optimised for two, but the rotating cab chairs offer space for guests.
Two side windows allow plenty of natural light to enter.
Our test motorhome’s offside kitchen was boosted by two cost options: a separate oven and grill (£750), and a 142-litre tower fridge in lieu of a floor-to-ceiling wardrobe (£550).
Standard kit in the 2018-season Hymer Exsis-i 474 includes three gas burners, a small sink with mixer tap and three soft-closing drawers.
The flush-fitting cooker lid, sink infill and tip-up flap form the workspace.
‘Multifunction’ is the key concept behind the Hymer Exsis-i 474’s nearside washroom.
A vanity unit with sink and mirror is mounted on the sidewall – unlatch and swing it over the bench toilet to form a shower compartment that keeps spray away from the wooden surfaces.
A tip-up shelf, half-length mirror and shallow cupboard complete the spec here.
Using an optional filler cushion, the 1.9 x 0.8m rear fixed twin single beds can be converted into a large double, reached by two steps from floor level.
A pair of reading lights is provided above the headboards, plus two side windows and a small rooflight.
Up front, a 1.88 x 1.50m pull-down double bed is also available.
With no optional extras, this Hymer motorhome has a standard user payload of 710kg.
As well as overhead lockers, shelves, cupboards and wardrobes, there’s a large rear garage.
And this garage has a load limit of 350kg – more than the total payload of some coachbuilts – and it is accessible through large doors on both sides.