Practical Motorhome reviews the 2014 Hymer B 798 SL, a four-berth motorhome that provides liner-class luxury and style for an A-class price
German giant motorhome manufacturer Hymer uses 'B' or 'B-class' to denote its premium A-class range; its lighter, more affordable A-classes are badged Exsis-i. This distinction helps the B-class stand apart from the rest of the pack. Hymer says its B-class has been the biggest-selling motorhome series in Europe, with 55,000 units sold in the last 30 years. However, it also offers a two-strong 'SL' range, a cut (and around £22,000) above the standard B-class.
At this £100,000 price point, the Hymer B 798 SL variants aim for buyers of expensive luxury liners: discerning motorcaravanners who use their vehicles a lot, requiring good performance in challenging climates, often off-grid. Buying an SL means plenty of change from competitors' luxury liner A-class four-berth motorhome prices.
There are two models, both with tag axles: the 778 SL, with fixed twin single beds, and the 798 SL, with an island bed, which is on test here. Based on a Fiat Ducato paired with an Al-Ko chassis, the 798 SL is 8.5m long, features a storage double floor and is fully winterised. Our test vehicle had been upgraded to a 170bhp 3.0-litre engine with a Comfort-Matic transmission; with this and other options, its maximum weight was 5000kg with a 596kg payload.
The optional solid worktop, flush-fit sink and designer tap in our test vehicle are just some of many pleasing refinements in the Hymer B 798 SL’s kitchen.
This motorhome kitchen’s vertical storage unit is something straight out of a loft apartment, while the drawers can be centrally locked – far more reassuring than relying on a catch to stop things flying out in transit. Simply flick the switch under the kitchen worktop to lock the kitchen units.
This main double bed has electrically operated headrests, as well as fabric pockets on either side for storing knick-knacks. The Hymer B 798 SL is a superbly versatile four-berth A-class motorhome.
Two extra berths are available in the front lounge via an easily deployed pull-down double bed that measures 2.5m wide. With these two sleeping options, two couples could travel together in the Hymer B 798 SL. Alternatively a couple of friends could drop in and stay in the spare bed for the weekend.
There are several storage options here. The stand-out one is the under-sink cupboard that takes a roll of toilet paper and feeds it to the user through a letterbox-sized opening.
LED lighting options in the washroom include task lights, vertical ambient lights and strip lights, which two mirrors disperse, making the space feel bigger than it is in the Hymer B 798 SL. On the nearside, the circular shower compartment is fully lined with moulded plastic and it has glass doors. A square showerhead and a drying rail for wet clothes complete the specification. Lots of quality cabinetwork and a distinctive designer basin sets the template for the Hymer B 798 SL’s washroom. Note also the smart mixer tap.
The base vehicle is the Fiat Ducato 3.0-litre turbodiesel, which has 177bhp. It's 8.53m long (27ft 11in), 2.35m wide (7ft 8in), 3.15m (10ft 4in) high. The MTPLM is 5000kg and the payload is 596kg. You can carry plenty of water on board because the tanks hold 190 litres of fresh water and 175 litres of waste water. There's a 160Ah battery and two gas bottles at 13kg size.
The 2014 Hymer B 798 SL promises liner luxury for A-class money, as we proved in our review. It's ideal for full-time motorhome travel, or for anyone joining the happy band of retired Brits touring southern Europe in search of winter sun for several months each year.
Specifying sensible but necessary options pushes the price over £110,000, but you’ll drive off in a top motorhome with sky-high comfort levels.
- There's a comfortable lounge with room for six
- There's a top quality finish throughout
- This motorhome has lots of storage
- It is fully winterised
- A large, queen sized, fixed double bed is fitted
- At 8.53m (27ft 11in), will it fit on your drive?