Niesmann+Bischoff occupies a top spot in motorhome production. Part of the Erwin Hymer Group, its luxurious vehicles are extensively customisable, so any review needs to highlight the many different options. When we heard the new Flair 920 – with an opulent central washroom that is possibly beyond what you have at home, let alone in your motorhome – was on display at Travelworld in Stafford, we thought the opportunity to see it was too good to miss. After all, this is a ‘van with a high level of luxury on offer, as you may expect from the winner of the best motorhome for full-time living at the Practical Motorhome Awards 2023.
The Flair sits on an Iveco Daily, with an MTPLM of 7200kg. That – as well as its 9.27m length and the fact it’s unlikely to be available in right-hand drive – could restrict this vehicle’s appeal.
But if you have the right licence, are not put off by huge vehicles and are likely to be touring abroad most of the time, there is much to admire in this four berth motorhome.
Start by closing the habitation door behind you as you step in, and you’ll notice that the inside of the door has the same sound-deadening felt-effect panelling as the rest of the walls.
Our test model had leather captain’s seats (other fabrics are available) in the cab. As an option, two travel seats can be created further back by sliding out a section of the nearside settee.
In lounge mode, with the cab seats swivelled, there is easily room for eight at the table, which folds and slides away. The motorhome TV slides out from behind the nearside settee. Elegant lighting here doubles up as speakers, creating a surround-sound effect.
The kitchen can also be considerably customised. On the offside, our test model offered a generous worktop with a permanent drainer, a double gas hob and an induction hob, a large sink with swan-neck tap, and an oven and grill. There is a coffee machine, too, and even a dishwasher is an option.
The nearside consists of a bank of wardrobes, with space for a fridge and freezer. You can, if you wish, have this as one large fridge, with a microwave above. Alternatively, the sideboard at the rear of the offside settee can be a small fridge.
The bed at the rear is a compromise between two singles and an island bed. The two mattresses nudge so close, this could easily be a full double or even a transverse bed. Smart spotlights in the ceiling create a subdued effect, while the padded headboard extends right across the back.
The drop-down bed over the cab provides another comfortable double, and when raised, fits so snugly into the ceiling you can barely tell it is there.
Possibly the biggest draw in this motorhome is that central washroom. It includes a minimalist shower cubicle with concrete-effect lining and both a rain-shower and a hand-held version. Slide across another door to reveal the ceramic toilet, with plenty of cupboard space behind it. Across the aisle is a salad-bowl-style basin of crystal glass (although this too can be customised) in front of a mirror with drawers below. In case you think the clear glass screen here might compromise privacy, a flick of a switch makes that screen opaque.
Naturally a huge vehicle like this has a huge garage, but there are slide-out skirting trays, too. The habitation door even moves automatically out of the way when you open these lockers, to make access easier. Both storage areas come with handy removable crates.
Storage inside is impressive, with a plethora of overhead lockers and cupboards, and drawers underneath the front settees.
Whatever storage arrangement you go for in the kitchen, it can all be centrally locked before you set off.
Niesmann+Bischoff’s ingenuity extends to the details, too. Open any drawer and you’ll find an adjustable rack, specially designed to make sure that nothing rattles en route.
Niesmann+Bischoff proudly boasts that there are 34,560 options within this motorhome’s interior, and 128 on the outside. Such a huge level of flexibility is necessarily reflected in the steep price, even before you begin to consider the Iveco chassis and that ultra-high spec.
Still, if you have the money and you like to feel you are touring in a designer apartment rather than a motorhome, the Flair 920 is an extremely hard choice to beat.
Or you could try…
- Adria Supersonic 780DC: excellent spec is on offer in this A-class.
- Hymer Venture S: this incredibly luxurious ‘van is sure to turn heads.
- Coachman Travel Master TM 565: luxury and comfort combine in this high-spec 4-berth.
Technical specification of the Niesmann+Bischoff Flair 920
- Price: From £201,300
- Sleeps: 4
- Belts: 4
- Base vehicle: Iveco Daily
- Engine: 3.0-litre, 180bhp
- Length/width/height: 9.27/2.42/3.34m (30’4”/7’9”/10’10”)
- MTPLM: 7200kg
- MiRO: 5533kg
- Payload: 1667kg
- Water (fresh/waste): 370/250 litres
- Leisure battery: Up to 600Ah
- Gas: 2 x 11kg
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