Benjamin Davies

See other motorhome reviews written by Benjamin Davies

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


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

Travel seats4
Waste water200L
Kitchen Equipment
Thetford Fridge
Thetford C-200 toilet


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.



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


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

Follow us on

Most recent motorhome reviews

The Practical Motorhome Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo 250d Sport Long review – 1 - The Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo 250d Sport Long is priced from £56,670 OTR, £63,990 as tested (© Phil Russell/Practical Motorhome)
The Practical Motorhome Chausson Welcome 711 Travel Line review – 1 - The new Chausson 711 is being sold in Welcome Travel Line spec only (© Peter Baber/Practical Motorhome)

Swift Rio 325


The Practical Motorhome Swift Rio 325 review – 1 - The 2018 Swift Rio 325 is just 5.99m long and has a licence-friendly MTPLM of 3500kg (© Phil Russell/Practical Motorhome)
The Practical Motorhome IH N-Class 630 RLS review – 1 - The IH N-Class 630 RLS is priced from £73,995 OTR for the 130bhp variant and from £76,490 OTR for the 180bhp version – we're testing the latter (© Gentleman Jack/Practical Motorhome)
The Practical Motorhome Marquis Majestic 196 review – 1 - Fitting six berths and six travel seats into a 3500kg motorhome is no mean feat – does it work? (© Phil Russell/Practical Motorhome)
The Practical Motorhome Swift Bessacarr 597 review – 1 - The ’van tested has an MTPLM of 3850kg, but there is a version with a 3500kg MTPLM (and a lower payload) – read more in our Swift Bessacarr 597 review (© Peter Baber/Practical Motorhome)