Find out what the experts think of the Niesmann+Bischoff Arto 69G in the Practical Motorhome review

Design

The coachbuilt body hides the Fiat base vehicle and lend a bespoke feel to the ’van. Structurally, the Arto is built using an aluminium sandwich for the bodywork. There’s no faulting the finish.
Inside, the Arto makes good use of light coloured fabrics and finishes to give a bright and airy feel to the cabin. The German designers have stayed away from curving corridors and it’s easy to navigate your way through all areas of this motorhome.
The habitation area door on the driver’s side reveals the ’van’s Continental origins.

On the road

The Niesmann + Bischoff comes on the Fiat Ducato chassis, with the 2.3-litre turbo-diesel as standard – but we’re testing it here with a 2.8-litre engine, which is included in the list price of £56,850. These larger engines produce a useful 221 lb/ft of torque, which is necessary to help this sizeable ’van on its way. The engine drives the wheels through a five-speed manual gearbox, whose gear stick is positioned high on the dashboards, close to the steering wheel. This makes it easy to reach, although you’ll need to take care to avoid first gear when aiming for third.
The driving position is comfortable, but the steering wheel does not have sufficient adjustment to cater for all drivers. Forward and side vision is excellent.
The Arto is let down because its only entry point is a side door to the rear cabin – there are no cab doors. This means that you have to squeeze past the walk-through in order to get behind the wheel.

Lounging & dining

The Arto’s front captain’s chairs do not swivel to meet the dining table, but its more traditional twin benches provide comfortable seating for four. It’s easy to slide in and out of the seats and it has well-padded and comfortable cushions.

Kitchen

Worksurface is practically non-existant, so you’ll need to use the table for preparing food. A deep sink and roomy three-burner hob are appreciated, though. However, buyers have to pay £400 extra for an oven.
Kitchen storage is excellent, and includes a slide-out cupboard with three internal racks, and kitchen drawers.

Sleeping

Transverse rear beds provide great comfort and ease, as you don’t have to make up a bed every evening and pack it away again in the morning. They also make a motorhome seem more homely, as they give the rear cabins a feeling of distinct, individual sections.
Reading lights and a skylight illuminate the rear bed compartment, as do two windows. Fixed steps ease access to the rear bed and are easy to use.
The drop-down overcab beds require the front cab seats to be tilted forward, which allows the beds to extend fully into position. The bed is comfortable and spacious.

Washroom

The Arto’s washroom has no window, but it still manages to feel airy and spacious. It has a towel rail and toilet roll holder, and storage is provided by three small shelves, as well as a larger cupboard with an internal shelf.

Storage

The large rear garages is big enough for a scooter or pair of bicycles. Inside, the Arto serves up decent locker space under the lounge seats, and the wardrobe is good, too. Storage in the lounge and dining area is generous, and it’s easy to find places to keep your maps and holiday reading.

Technical specs

Sleeps4
Travel seats4
MTPLM3500kg
Payload400kg
Length6.84m22′5″
Width2.27m7′5″
Height2.96m9′9″
Waste water100L
External Options
Awning light, Electric step
Kitchen Equipment
Dometic Fridge, 3-burner gas hob
Washroom
Thetford C-250 toilet
Heating
Truma Electric/Gas Blown air heater

Verdict

We think that the Niesmann + Bischoff Arto 69G is a class act that is ergonomically designed. It is beautifully finished and features a well-appointed kitchen with lots of storage.

Conclusion

Pros

  • Strong build quality
  • Good kitchen storage

Cons

  • At this price, an oven and grill should be standard
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