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The Practical Motorhome Bürstner Elegance i 821 G review

Design

The Bürstner comes on the Fiat Ducato platform, with an Al-Ko chassis to allow for a double-floor design, which means onboard fresh- and waste-water tanks and superb winterisation.

Its optional champagne gold paintwork helps make it look reasonably interesting. It has two cab doors which, together with the habitation door, give it good levels of access and safety. The gas locker is around 50cm off the ground.

Inside, things are understated and functional. It’s zoned into a front lounge, middle kitchen and rear washroom and sleeping area.

Build and material quality are of a high standard, and there's a single-level habitation area from front to back.

On the road

The Bürstner is front-wheel drive and gets a six-speed gearbox, ABS brakes, cab air-conditioning, traction control, cruise control, electric adjustable and heated mirrors, front fog lights, and immobiliser and alloy wheels as standard.

Lounging & dining

Most of the Bürstner’s additional length has been utilised in its huge lounge with full-size dinette, and L-shaped settee. There’s a big, sturdy, fixed-leg oval table (125 x 80cm) which slides on two axes to allow for easy movement through the lounge. With the cab seats swivelled the lounge should be able to accommodate seven, although the driver’s seat is a bit short on legroom when swivelled.

The far-side dinette settee also has a reclining function: you can push the seat base forward and unfold the tops of the seat backs for lazier lounging. Our only complaint about the Burstner’s lounge seating is that the nearside dinette settee has a shorter seat base than its counterpart, opposite, and could really do with an additional knee-roll 
to improve comfort levels.

There's only one power point in the lounge. In an age when we’re likely to travel with a suitcase full of chargers, we really should be getting more on this front.

The two belted rear travel seats are comfortable for long-distance travel.

Kitchen

The L-shaped kitchen provides a lot of moving and passing space, which is crucial since it sits between the lounge and washroom.

There's a four-burner hob and a big sink (36cm diameter and 12cm deep), and lots of workspace. The Dometic TEC Tower unit is pleasing on the eye, with its tall fridge/freezer stack topped by a small oven/grill, but the eye-level positioning of the oven will ignite familiar safety concerns.

Sleeping

The washroom is split into two cubicles and positioned just in front of the bed, and the rear section can be cordoned off to create a little en-suite bedroom area. The large rear bed measures 135cm x 192cm, and is accessed via a set of pull-down steps that stow away in a cabinet under the bed.

Unfortunately, once this cabinet is open, the door impedes access to the shower cubicle. Perhaps a set of double-doors might have worked better?

The Burstner’s pull-down bed up front measures 135 x 197cm and is comfortable and easy to set up.

Washroom

The washroom is the real party piece and it performs very well indeed. The separate shower cubicle is, by necessity, a plastic capsule. The washroom is spacious and has a small storage cabinet but the wheel arch compromises the legroom in this area.

The benefit of having a separate shower is that the toilet area can be made far more attractive since it does not need to be so protected from damp.

Its toilet area is spacious but loses out in terms of its finish: a strangely shaped plastic sink is poor when cheaper motorhomes have stainless steel fittings.

Storage

There's a sizeable garage beneath the rear bed; it has doors on both sides as standard. It's lit, too, although it can't be accessed from within the vehicle.

Being a double-floor model, this ’van benefits from between-floor lockers, handy for storing sundry items such as chocks and wellies. Having said that, the Burstner's are almost entirely taken up by amenities, with the leisure battery in one and fuses in the other.

The wardrobe is just forward from one of the washroom cubicles, and within the partitioned bedroom area. It’s a roomy, full-length wardrobe with lights and double doors that do not intrude too far into the habitation area when opened.

Technical specs

Sleeps4
Travel seats4
MTPLM4000kg
Payload1185kg
Length8.76m28′9″
Width2.3m7′7″
Height2.8m9′2″
Waste water100L
External Options
GRP sidewalls
Kitchen Equipment
Dometic Fridge, 4-burner gas hob, Combined Oven/Grill, Extractor fan
Washroom
Thetford C-250 toilet, Separate shower cubicle
Heating
Alde wet central heating
Security
Immobiliser

Verdict

A great option for those willing to deal with the extra length, but its interior is disappointing.

Conclusion

Pros

  • Good build quality; high-end equipment; comfortable lounge; enormous payload

Cons

  • The washroom is let down by its finish
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