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The beauty is not just skin deep, either: underneath is an unusually high level of build quality, with the sandwich walls fixed to each other with aluminium profiles. A colour-coded awning is a cost option.
The only exterior blemish is on the habitation-entry side: the electric step up to the 60cm-wide entry door requires the sill to be cut crudely away, and appears unfinished.
On the road
Payload on the standard 3500kg chassis is 400kg, with the option of up-rating to the 4000kg Heavy chassis.
The overcab, which protrudes 110cm from the Ducato windscreen, is the biggest we've ever seen and it is clearly visible from behind the wheel.
A good level of standard cab equipment, including driver and passenger airbags, single-key central locking cab and hab doors, was complemented in our test ’van by the optional Fiat Comfort Pack of cab air-con, cruise control, electric mirrors, and cab swivel seats with armrests and lumbar support.
Lounging & dining
From the curtain-separated cab floor it is a step up to the living quarters (thankfully, the overcab bed base folds up to a vertical aspect).
As with many German-built ’vans, the table is fixed in place on its sturdy, free-standing leg, with the table-top mounted on sliders. The optional TV is supported on brackets, with a good view available from the cab seats and ‘L’ part of the lounge.
The two-tone furniture design throughout, of ‘Vermont walnut and white stream’, is attractive but makes for a rather gloomy interior, especially given that there is only one lounge window. There are, however, directional reading lights on a slider over the L-shaped sofa.
Part of the UK specification includes an oven and grill above a 117-litre Dometic fridge. The three-burner hob lacks spark ignition, though. Storage underneath the worksurface consists of an acrylic-faced wire veg rack and moulded cutlery drawer.
There’s an extractor fan and light over the hob, just where it should be, and the circular, steel sink is deep enough for a kettle, but has no drainer.
Both rear bunks have slatted bed bases and substantial sidelight windows. The upper bunk mattress can be propped open by a support leg to allow access to a mini-storage space beneath (there is a separate access flap for this, too). There is no access to storage space beneath the lower bunk, apart from outside the ’van. We were surprised to find no partition or privacy curtain for the rear bunks.
The overcab bed, with a privacy curtain, has two single mattresses, and a box at the front end for odds and ends. Headroom is a generous 72cm. Twin spotlights and a single window illuminate the area.
The shower is a sealed, plastic unit with two drainage plugs in the base, and ventilation above. Overall, the washroom is functional and usable.
The fresh-water tank sits beneath the forward-facing part of the lounge, and that somewhat restricts under-seat storage space.
The plentiful number of overhead lockers all have sturdy, domestic-style hinges and noise-dampening interior beading trim.
Dometic Fridge, 3-burner gas hob, Combined Oven/Grill, Extractor fan
Thetford C-200 toilet, Shower curtain
Karmann-Mobil is a welcome and stylish addition to the mid-range market. Anyone looking for a motorhome that stands out from the crowd could do a lot worse than start their search here. However, with all the extras fitted, the total price of this test model is a hefty £51,662.