Benjamin Davies

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Read more about the Niesmann+Bischoff Arto 64 GL A-class in the Practical Motorhome review

Overview

Niesmann + Bischoff, part of the Hymer Group, has a track record of building some of the finest A-class motorhomes available in Europe today. Formerly a Brownhills brand, it returned to the UK for the 2010 season with newly-appointed sole importer Travelworld RV.

The Arto 64 GL was all-new for the 2010 model season. It’s built on the Fiat Ducato 35L/AL-KO chassis with a double floor, and engineered down in weight so it can be driven by anyone with a normal car licence. It is powered by the 2.3-litre 130 MultiJet engine as standard, which is plenty for a sub-7m (23’) motorhome.

The layout comprises facing sofas up front which, with cab seats swivelled, makes for a comfy and inviting lounge area around a fixed-leg table, with a sliding surface for ease of access. These sofas convert quickly and easily into forward-facing passenger seats thanks to clever engineering: the seat box slides, and underneath the squab is a folded seat back which rotates through 90 degrees, with integral seat belt. The backrest becomes the seat squab – quick, simple and secure.

The kitchen is amidships, and to the rear is a high double bed over garage space, with a clever little folding step, concealed in a cupboard, to ease your way up to the sleeping quarters. The toilet/shower and basin are separated across the motorhome, with the stand-out innovation being the swing-wall toilet: a Thetford cassette toilet swivels out of the way into the garage when not in use, freeing up valuable space.

An extensive options list includes several media-based packs, and you’ll have to pay for cab airbags, air con and cruise control.

The Arto 64 GL was the winner of the 'Best luxury motorhome under 35kg' category in our 2010 Motorhome of the Year awards.

Technical specs

Sleeps4
Travel seats4
MTPLM3500kg
Payload400kg
Length6.85m22′6″
Width2.3m7′7″
Height2.95m9′8″
Waste water200L
Kitchen Equipment
Thetford Fridge
Washroom
Thetford C-200 toilet

Verdict

Niesmann + Bischoff is a German motorhome manufacturer of high-end A-class motorhomes. The Arto 64GL is a versatile floorplan, brimming with ideas and quality, and built to admirably high standards.

Conclusion

Pros

  • Clever engineering touches include the sofa that converts to a forward-facing passenger seat and a swing-wall toilet.

Cons

  • Bewildering options list, that often includes items you'd expect to be thrown in for free.
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