Based on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, the 2015 Hymer ML-T 580 adds a new dimension to the range – find out more in the Practical Motorhome review
One of the most prestigious manufacturers from each of its respective industries has joined forces to produce a range of motorhomes that offers something quite different from the rest of the competition.
The new Hymer ML-T line-up is based on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and was launched halfway through the 2014 season, so it was the first of Hymer’s 2015 collection to break cover.
The first sign of something new is, of course, the unmistakable and hard-to-miss Mercedes-Benz star logo (the three prongs represent land, sea and air), which takes pride of place at the front of the vehicle. (The typical Hymer logo built into the radiator grille has been eschewed).
This new range offers something quite distinct from Hymer’s Fiat Ducato-based motorhomes. For a start, the Sprinter base vehicle is rear-wheel-drive so it has different driving characteristics from a front-wheel-drive Ducato or Peugeot Boxer.
Two models are available: the ML-T 580 is the version with fixed twin beds, which is ideal for touring couples who would prefer to access the washroom during the night without having to disturb one another. The other model, the 560, offers a transverse fixed rear bed. Both models have an L-shaped front dinette, with midships kitchen and washroom.
Our test ’van was fitted with an optional UK-friendly separate oven and grill, plus a dual-fuel hob and a tall fridge with built-in freezer compartment. Kitchen storage is practical, too, featuring drawers with dividers to keep things organised and easily accessible, plus a large overhead locker.
On the road
The Hymer ML-T 580 is priced from £53,130, excluding on-the-road charges. You can customise the vehicle to your exact requirements by browsing Hymer’s extensive options list. Some of the extra goodies fitted to our test ’van included an automatic transmission, collision and lane-change assistant, metallic exterior finish to the driver’s cab, leather seating, and a separate oven and grill. The 580 is under seven metres long, but be aware that the habitation door is on the UK offside.
Lounging & dining
The kitchen drawers have dividers, allowing you to organise your space and retrieve items with ease, and there's a good sized overhead locker. The drawers in the kitchen have handles and positive catches.
Hymer has opted for a bench toilet, rather than a swivelling one. It does save space, though, which is necessary in this washroom. The shower cubicle is a moulded plastic unit with built-in storage for soaps and shampoos, and bi-fold doors to contain spray.
Thetford Fridge, 3-burner gas with electric hot plate, Oven, Separate grill
Come the end of the Practical Motorhome Hymer ML-T 580 review, it is clear that this is a well-built ’van with rear-wheel drive and immaculate underpinnings. The layout is available in other Hymer low-profiles, but for some buyers only the Mercedes-Benz badge at the front will do.
- Fixed twin single beds that you can turn into a big double bed
- It has a fantastic, 142-litre fridge
- The habitation door is on the Continental side