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Practical Motorhome reviews the Mobilvetta Kimù 121 – read on for the full verdict from the experts
Minimal graphics and light grey skirts set this ‘van apart from the rest of the pack, as does a chunky rear panel with two stout pillars and a practical ladder which leads to an attractively integrated roof-rack.
On the road
The 2.5 dCi engine has plenty of power and the six-speed gearbox has a sensible and effective set of ratios that suits all types of roads, from town traffic to long motorway trips.
The standard Renault cab seats are comfortable, with front and rear height adjustment but they may be too high for taller drivers, due to the swivel base – our view wasn’t obscured, but the height could be a problem for those over 6ft tall.
The rear through-view is as good as you’ll find, bar van conversions. When overtaking, however, the extended mirrors, specified on every Renault coachbuilt we’ve driven, don’t cover the vehicle’s blind spot. The lounge window offers some view of the nearside, but the offside has no such view.
Lounging & dining
The overall feel is understated, yet despite the dark upholstery, the combination of the pale wood, the bedroom windows and the midi Heki roof light make this a light space, even in overcast conditions.
At night, the fluorescent strip lights are well muted with opaque covers and the under-locker lights look particularly well integrated. Both the edged, removable carpets and the upholstery have a tough, hard-wearing feel, too.
The tambour-door television cabinet has a slide-out swivel base, which should allow three to watch TV from the cab seats and the half-dinette seat. There’s also a 12V/satellite/aerial socket beneath the kitchen work surface.
With the sink cover in place, there’s enough space for food preparation, while the glass top for the three-burner hob is the only available space for drying dishes.
Although the rear window allows plenty of light in, it doesn’t make a good headboard for the bed because the ‘half-and-half’ Seitz blinds are too fragile to lean a pillow against.
The dinette bed is okay for a couple of nights’ use as the cushions are firm and relatively flat.
With just over six feet of headroom, and dimensions of 75 x 53.5cm at the widest points, the shower is big enough for regular use. The adjustable shower head, four generous bottle shelves and the high-density base of the shower tray, are all strong features.
The under-bed space is unencumbered by a combi-boiler, though the hinged section of slatted bed base that lifts up has nothing to hold it open.
There are three lockers over the bed: two over the lounge and two over the cab.
The loo has an under-sink cupboard and there is also one above the toilet – which is within easy reach of the sink.
Dometic Fridge, 3-burner gas hob
Thetford C-250 toilet, Shower curtain
Mobilvetta has achieved a great deal with its construction methods, both inside and out this ‘van: the monocoque GRP body and monobloc one-piece kitchen look good. The theme is reflected throughout this ‘van, bar the cab set-up which, despite a competent base vehicle and comfortable cab seats, is spoiled by poor ergonomics. It’s a shame the 121 is being discontinued, because we felt that its washroom worked. The 122, however, offers all its strengths, although not so compact, but with a larger, separate shower.
- High-quality bodywork
- It has a sociable lounge
- The bed is comfortable
- We like the washroom
- It is nice and quiet on the road
- Not much kitchen worksurface
- You can't sit against the window in the bedroom