Andrew McPhee

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Be sure to read the Practical Motorhome Hymer C-Class Classic 684 review before buying

Design

The silver finish is part of the optional Elegance pack which weighs in at a hefty £2100, and includes the cab electric pack and a couple of other niceties. Whether sharp looks are worth that sort of money is hard to say, but we struggled to justify it.
Aside from that, the general high quality finish of the bodywork is indisputable. The aluminium skirts and swish graphics mean that even in its standard white finish, the Hymer looks good.

On the road

The C-Classic comes on the ubiquitous Fiat Ducato chassis, and has the 2.3-litre turbodiesel; you can upgrade to the 2.8-litre diesel for £750.
The cab seats are trimmed to match the rest of the interior but the cab electric pack is an optional extra, so check yours has this upgrade, because it adds an extra £1850 to the list price.

Lounging & dining

The C-Classic has a large and small dinette, although they are directly opposite one another at the front of the ‘van, so are not ideal for giving the young ones their own space.

Kitchen

There’s a good amount of flexible storage, along with excellent lighting and a larger food preparation area. The hob has three burners, but there’s not much worksurface.

Sleeping

In motorhomes without a fixed bed at floor level, the overcab can generally be considered the master bed. The Hymer’s has a mattress mounted on slats and boards to create a gap between it and the sidewalls to minimise condensation.
The two dinettes can be combined to make an enormous transverse double bed, which is not an option in some rivals.

Washroom

Hymer has opted for a bright, breezy appearance to its washroom. It’s actually very stylish, too, with plenty of storage, mirrors and a domestic style access door. It lacks shower lighting, but does have a rooflight to complement the halogen lighting over the sink.

Storage

The main storage area is a side garage that gets the majority of its height from folding the lower of the fixed bunks upwards, and so providing a large storage space.
Seat base locker storage is good, but Hymer’s provision of the elasticated magazine rack is a little gimmicky for our tastes. More useful is the slim locker that runs underneath the floor of the ‘van. Although it has been designed with the ski storage requirements of our Continental cousins in mind, it’s still a good place for stashing fishing rods, ramps and other miscellany that has no obvious storage place.

Technical specs

Sleeps6
Travel seats4
MTPLM3500kg
Payload810kg
Length6.87m22′6″
Width2.27m7′5″
Height2.93m9′7″
Waste water100L
External Options
Aluminium sidewalls, Awning light
Kitchen Equipment
Dometic Fridge, 3-burner gas hob
Washroom
Thetford C-250 toilet, Separate shower cubicle
Heating
Truma Electric/Gas Blown air heater, Truma Electric/Gas water heater

Verdict

The Hymer oozes class and has a definite air of quality about all of its fixtures and fittings, but when you factor in all the added costs it begins to seem a little over-priced.

Conclusion

Pros

  • A beautiful exterior, stylish washroom and a enormous transverse double bed

Cons

  • The high specification, such as the cab electric pack, and the attractive design come at a price: £2100 in fact.
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