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Practical Motorhome's experts review the CI Mizar G Living
The walls and roof are skinned with GRP, as is the rear panel, and the insulation levels throughout are outstanding, with a floor thickness of 70mm, and 30mm of insulation in the walls and roof.
With a 100-litre fresh-water tank onboard, under the passenger travel seat, and the option of heating for the underslung waste tank, this is a motorhome with all-season touring in its blood.
The CI logo on the sidewalls is a stylised spinnaker, and the sills and bumper are a metallic grey. The large rear garage comes with access doors on either side of the vehicle. A windowed Seitz caravan door closes on integral entrance steps, rather than an electric step, and alloy wheels (as standard) complete the look.
On the road
The long-wheelbase Ducato benefits from Fiat’s ‘Camping Car’ pack: a reinforced rear suspension, special camping tyres and a wider rear track. It also gets Al-Ko additional air suspension, which increases the rear spring rigidity and improves roll stability, making the Mizar feel very stable, with little wallow or over-reaction to crosswinds and passing vehicles.
We did have a problem with the lounge table when in transit. Its legs are fixed to the floor and it has a sliding table top that moves forwards, backwards and sideways to ease access to the lounge seats and bring the cab seats into play at mealtimes. The table top is held in place by pressure from a threaded screw on its underside, but repeatedly this gradually worked loose after about 30 minutes on the road, until the top was sliding and banging back and forth at every bend along the way.
The cab area is well equipped, with remote locking and height-adjustable swivel cab seats with twin armrests, plus electric windows and mirrors. The Fiat ‘Safe Pack’ consists of ABS, plus driver and passenger airbags. Our test ’van came with climate control (a £940 cost option in the UK) and cruise control as standard. The CD/radio unit is a dealer-fitted item, though.
Lounging & dining
There is a small step down from the living area into the cab, but with the cab seats swivelled and raised, and after sliding the table into place, five can dine here. There are spotlights on the underside of the overhead lockers and a TV bracket above the sofa. A diesel-fired Webasto heater warms the living area with blown air, and vents route heat to the sleeping areas.
Our test model came with three large gas hobs integrated with the worksurface, and a combined oven and grill above the massive 170-litre fridge/freezer. However, UK buyers will get a traditional four-burner hob, grill and oven.
The aluminium-framed, slatted bed base is hinged and easily lifts up, or pulls down, on gas struts. This is a genuine overcab space, enough for adult guests or grown-up children to use.
The transverse rear double bed sits atop the garage, and a small flap conceals the ladder, stashed in the roof of the garage, which slides out at bedtime.
The rounded floor-to-ceiling wardrobe should swallow four people’s clothes with ease. Overhead lockers throughout are positive locking, with stylishly concealed finger latches. There is extra wire-rack storage in the garage space, which you get at from inside the motorhome via a sliding door. Overall, there’s plenty of space to swallow up your allowable 775kg payload.
Thetford Fridge, 4-burner gas hob, Combined Oven/Grill, Extractor fan
Thetford C-250 toilet, Separate shower cubicle
Italy is synonymous with high style and the Mizar proves it is a well-deserved reputation – but the quality on display here is more than just skin deep.
- Sumptuously equipped throughout; top-class workmanship.
- Lounge table top is prone to coming loose; large rear garage only holds 100kg.