Nick Harding

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The latest addition to the German manufacturer's Mercedes Sprinter-based line-up, the 600 is just as luxurious as you'd expect, says Nick Harding.

Overview

Now if you thought that motorhome pricing was all over the place, brace yourself for more of the same. With MC standing for 'Modern Comfort', this latest Hymer series was introduced just last year.

The 600 is a new addition to this range of low-profiles and coachbuilts, with eight models in total, all based on Mercedes' latest - dare I say, best? - Sprinter.

Officially, they start on the 3500kg Sprinter 314, coupled to Hymer's SLC chassis extension. However, one of your first moves is likely to be to up to the 414 base, as here, and its 3880kg rating - driving licence permitting, of course.

That gives you a distinct payload advantage - up from a healthy enough 555kg to a positively generous 935kg - and chances are, you'll need it. This is a Hymer, which means the usual vast array of optional extras. But start with the main Packs.

Design

As you've guessed, this is not a motorhome for the beginner - more a vehicle to aspire to and, if you're lucky, own. I've said before that an additional £10,000 will get you all the extras you want. Speak to lead Hymer UK dealer Erwin Hymer Centre, however, and they'll tell you that can easily stretch to £20,000.

The 600 focuses closely on the UK market, with fixed single beds at the back, set over a large garage with a 350kg load capacity and a great mix of lashing points, storage slots and lighting.

As you would expect, the build quality is superb. The latest incarnation of Hymer's PUAL construction is clearly evident here.

On the road

And then there's the Mercedes aspect. It's easily the best Sprinter yet. The most noticeable aspect of the drive, however, is how quiet it all is - testament to Hymer's conversion work.

Lounging & dining

Up front, nobody would call the lounge large, but it's a typical Continental formula - settee, inward-facing single seat and both cab seats swivel - all set around a fully adjustable, fixed pedestal-leg table.

Kitchen

The central kitchen (and washroom) make the most of the space. The kitchen squeezes in a full Spinflo cooker (an option), but still offers lots of storage, with lower-level drawers, and hooks. The sink cover acts as splashback and chopping board. You'll also get a 142-litre Thetford fridge with freezer compartment.

Sleeping

The single beds have superior cold-foam mattresses on loose membranes, for support and ventilation. Other details include a plastic tray between the beds, two-stage reading lamps, a rooflight and a privacy curtain. But you'll struggle to sit upright in bed. There's storage space in the foot of each bed, with a wardrobe on the nearside and a cupboard offside.

Washroom

The washroom is clever. The bench toilet makes perfect sense: they're a lot easier to clean around. Facing it, the shower cubicle might seem an odd shape, but it's merely making the most of the space - the duckboards are an essential extra. Similarly, the fixed basin is shaped to help with the overall ergonomics.

Equipment

Neat touches abound throughout, for example, the bigger-than-average water tanks, various hooks, storage to stow a 32in TV screen upright for travel, and the oh-so-easy main control panel. And then there are Hymer's signature fittings, such as the wind-up sunroof over the lounge and the toilet roll dispenser in the washroom.

The options list is just waiting for you to tick the boxes for everything from your own choice of cab and body colours, to the latest nine-speed automatic transmission and electronic handbrake, to alternative soft and hard furnishings, and much more.

Technical specs

LayoutRear single beds
Sleeps2
Travel seats4
MTPLM3500kg
Payload555kg
Length7.19m23′7″
Width2.19m7′2″
Height2.96m9′9″
Engine (capacity)2200
Fresh/waste water180L / 150L
Leisure battery95 Ah
Kitchen Equipment
Thetford Fridge, 3-burner gas hob, Oven
Washroom
Thetford C-402 bench toilet, Separate shower cubicle, Bi-fold shower door

Verdict

Beautifully built. Superbly finished. Don't underestimate Hymer's very strong links with Mercedes, either. Start from the right base and build this 'van to your own specifications for a very special motorhome.

Did you expect it to come cheap? It doesn't, but it's still fantastic value for money.

Conclusion

Pros

  • Mercedes Sprinter base vehicle
  • Build quality
  • Bench toilet in washroom

Cons

  • Lack of seated headroom in bed
  • Limited space in lounge