Practical Motorhome reviews the Hymer C-Class Classic 544 – read on to find out what the experts think

Design

The Hymer has an aluminium outer skin, which gives the ’van a very high-gloss finish that promises easy cleaning, although it is trickier to repair panel damage than with GRP-clad ’vans.
Inside, the Hymer uses ottoman-style storage by the living-area door – a novel use of the space. The rear door is on on the offside with the kitchen along the back wall on the nearside. The dinette is on the offside. Unlike many UK-built competitors, the Hymer lacks removable carpets as standard.

On the road

German vehicles are legendary for their austerity and the Hymer doesn’t disappoint. With wind-up windows and manual mirrors, it’s down on toys compared with many rivals. It also has the weedy 86bhp 2.0-litre turbo-diesel. The engine is willing enough, but has to work hard to pull the overcab Hymer body around.

Lounging & dining

The Hymer offers a large table, providing lots of elbow room, but in typically Teutonic fashion, the seats are firm and plain in appearance. Still, they’re supportive enough and four can dine comfortably.

Kitchen

The Hymer has the refrigerator next to the door, with a large workspace on the other side of the door. The three-burner hob and small oven/grill are perfectly usable, although the height of oven makes it difficult to see inside without crouching down beside it. The two overhead lockers provide plenty of cup and plate storage while a large cutlery drawer will swallow all your eating irons with ease.

Sleeping

The Hymer’s overcab area is a big, usable, space. The main minus point for the Hymer is that, for adults, the sofa facing the dinette is a bit on the short side.

Washroom

In the past, when end-corner washroom layouts were more prevalent, the washroom was merely a place for simple ablutions before bed, but nowadays many people may find the ’vans here a little short of space in the wet room.
The Hymer does a great job, with a small but separate shower cubicle and a rake of nice wooden units, a large mirror and a rooflight.
The separate shower controls are a nice touch and a cut above the integrated hand-basin/shower control units found in many similarly priced rivals.

Storage

Hymer has provided a long, wide, storage locker that runs almost the full width of the ’van. It’s ideal for skis and other long items but while in transit, smaller items such as ramps, cables and other sundries may end up at the far end of the locker, and be difficult to get at.
Inside the ’vans, there is plenty of storage under the seat bases for things such as bedding, while numerous roof-level lockers line the areas above the lounge and dinette.
The Hymer has a TV locker above the foot of the bench seat but it would need a slide-out tray to mount the telly on, to make it viewable from all the lounge seats.
There’s a huge locker next to the living-area door that will swallow acres of stuff but provide a useful worksurface the rest of the time, and although this is unusual it is nonetheless useful. The shoe storage rack next to the door is another quirky touch – we couldn’t think of many other motorhomes which provide a place to put your boots.

Technical specs

Sleeps4
Travel seats4
MTPLM3500kg
Payload525kg
Length5.98m19′7″
Width2.27m7′5″
Height2.98m9′9″
Waste water100L
External Options
Aluminium sidewalls, Awning light, Electric step
Kitchen Equipment
Thetford Fridge, 3-burner gas hob, Combined Oven/Grill
Washroom
Thetford C-250 toilet
Heating
Truma Gas Blown air heater, Truma Gas water heater

Verdict

The Hymer C-Class Classic 544 is a serious contender to the British rivals such as the great-value Bessacarr E435. An excellent family ’van, concluded the Practical Motorhome review team.

Conclusion

Pros

  • Beautifully built and thoughtfully detailed
  • Combination water and space heating is a nice touch
  • Striking exterior

Cons

  • Basic interior
  • Oven is unusually located, which some may find difficult
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