Nick Harding

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Although this is a relative newcomer in the A-class stakes, you can see straight away there's something of the thoroughbred about this motorhome

Overview

Add another name to the growing list of companies in the A-class world - Fleurette. Along with sister brand Floriam, it's part of France's Rapido Group; Fleurette has been back in the UK since the 2016 season.

You might think German marques have the monopoly on superior-quality A-class motorhomes, but perhaps it's time for a rethink. It will take something special to break through - so why not the Fleurette Discover 65?

Design

At 'just' 6.59m long, this is the baby of the seven-strong range - an overall length that will appeal to those who don't want too big a vehicle.

Also of interest is the floorpan, which gives you a rear island-bed as well as the usual pull-down double (with easy action) over the cab. Take another look at the rear bed and you'll see it's slightly offset, meaning a more spacious toilet room adjacent while still allowing the three-sides access you'd associate with any island bed.

It's easy to be objective about the quality of the overall fit and feel (it's very good), but the decor can only ever be personal. I can't help feeling the Discover has a warmth to its interior that some rivals lack.

The Fleurette is on Fiat running gear, but with the more upmarket Al-Ko chassis extension and double-floor construction; the latter has superior insulation as well as extra low-level storage, with lockers accessible outside as well as in, plus a hatch to access the fresh- and waste-water tanks.

Lots of customers will feel the flat floor from cab to bedroom is a benefit, and the small garage at the back.

On the road

While our test vehicle utilised a Fiat Comfort-Matic automatic transmission, there are many more base vehicle and conversion options available.

Best advice is to look at the Packs. The Comfort Pack is standard on UK models, but there are also Traction+ and Navigation packages - plus lots of individual items.

The only surprise in the cab is the central consoled design with the more traditional laptop locker, rather than cupholders.

Lounging & dining

At the front, it's a typical lounge - swivel cab seat plus forward-facing double travel unit adapting to an L-shaped sofa, with a handy fold-up stool across the doorway.

The table is on a pedestal leg, with plenty of fore and aft adjustment (but it's fixed for height). It's also a rather upright rear travel seat.

Kitchen

Squeezing the lounge gives space to other areas. The main kitchen unit is nearside mid-'van. It's deep, with an ergonomically friendly curve that isn't just easier for the chef, it also helps enhance the capacities of the three large, soft-close drawers, the lowest of which has a waste bin as well as storage for four wine bottles.

Food preparation facilities are a three-in-a-line gas hob, plus a circular sink with mixer tap. There's a modern extractor unit, and brushed-metal splash-panels.

A Tec Tower arrangement sees a sensible height for the oven/grill over the 141-litre capacity fridge/freezer.

Washroom

Washroom facilities are less intrusive than a separate shower and toilet. Here, the double-doored, part-circular cubicle is on the offside, aft of the fridge-freezer. The swivel-bowl toilet, over which there's a fold-down basin, is in a separate room.

Equipment

Outside, the Discover has all-GRP bodywork in ivory, with items such as coach-style mirrors (electric, heated) and a glazed Hartal habitation door.

Extras on our test 'van include an upgrade to 150bhp (£1504), Comfort-Matic automatic transmission (£2894), Truma Combi heating upgrade (£753), oven (£531), and Ivory Emocuir and taupe upholstery (£1637). That brings our example in at a more likely £77,518 OTR.

Technical specs

LayoutRear island bed
Sleeps4
Travel seats4
MTPLM3500kg
Payload531kg
Length6.59m21′7″
Width2.3m7′7″
Height2.85m9′4″
Engine (capacity)2300
Fresh/waste water205L / 125L
Leisure battery100 Ah

Verdict

More A-class models are probably not what the UK market needs right now, but this Fleurette motorhome will have absolutely no trouble making its case with prospective buyers. It's got the looks, the specification and the luxury, while the offset island-bed offers an appealing little twist.

Conclusion

Pros

  • Flat floor from cab to bedroom
  • Small rear garage
  • Warmth of the interior

Cons

  • No cupholders in cab
  • Upright rear travel seat

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