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Hymer Free 540 Blue Evolution: Motorhome test

For the new model year, the Hymer Free 540 is coming as a blue space miracle

The Free 540 is well known as a panel van for four people with a length of 5.41 meters. For the new model year there is a striking paint job and plenty of additional equipment.

I.In 2019, the Hymer Free with its special blue paintwork captured the hearts of potential buyers by storm. For the new 2020 model year, the next Hymer van is not only available with a striking paintwork, but also with a comprehensive range of equipment. With its compact external dimensions and the almost wishlessly happy package on board, the motorhome manufacturer from Bad Waldsee wants to appeal to young camping beginners in particular. The first trip will show whether this will work.

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Striking exterior, pleasing interior

Hymer Free 540 Blue Evolution

The black GRP pop-up roof is opened in a few simple steps.

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That’s him: A compact panel van for four people with a refreshing interior and exterior design with plenty of equipment. As a Blue Evolution special model, it has more on board ex works than the standard Free 540. On the outside, Hymer has given its short panel van in addition to the eye-catching paint finish in storm blue, matt black 16-inch aluminum rims, a glossy black radiator grille, a contrasting pop-up roof made of GRP and LED headlights and fog lights. While the blue paintwork is immediately noticeable, the interior is kept in pleasing silver-white. The two-tone upholstery material combination in connection with the blue decorative pillows looks harmonious. The overall impression is rounded off by the wood-look floor. (Here you will find everything about motorhomes)

A fully-fledged motorhome with a bathroom and kitchen

Hymer Free 540 Blue Evolution

There is ample space for three people at the table, four of them could be tight.

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He has: Everything that makes a full-fledged motorhome: kitchen, two beds and a proper bathroom with shower, sink and toilet. With this vehicle size, you shouldn’t expect a generous wellness temple. Toilet, shower and wash basin serve their purpose. There is plenty of storage space for toothpaste & Co. The shower curtain will be more clinging than most travelers like it. The bathroom scores with the small window for ventilation. The kitchen surprises with practical storage space, a refrigerator with a double stop that can be opened from both inside and outside, deep storage cupboards and a two-burner gas cooker. If you are honest, the stove is easily enough. Anyone who has ever tried to place three pots on a narrow three-burner stove will know. To make the kitchen happy, all that’s missing is a foldable worktop extension. In the rear, the transverse bed measuring 1.96 by 1.32 to 1.22 meters is really cozy. There is a few more centimeters of freedom of movement in the 2 x 1.35 meter pop-top roof bed. The number of USB sockets is also tight. There are too few on board for a four-person van.

Technical specifications
Motorization 2.3 l MultiJet II 140
power 103 kW (140 PS) at 3600 rpm
Displacement 2287 cm3
Torque 350 Nm at 1400 rpm
Top speed 155 km / h
Transmission / drive Six-speed manual / front-wheel drive
Tank capacity / fuel type 90 l / diesel
Length Width Height 5410/2080/2600 mm
Wheelbase / tires 3450 mm / 225/75 R 16 CP
Empty weight ready to drive / payload 2740/560 kg
Trailer load (braked / unbraked) 2000/750 kg
Material wall / roof / floor Sheet steel / GRP / sheet steel
Lying area rear L x W 1960 x 1320-1220 mm
Lying surface, pop-up roof L x W 2000 x 1350 mm
Fridge / incl. icebox 70 / 7.5 l
stove 2 flames
Board battery 5 Ah
Fresh / waste water tank 100/100 l
Gas supply 1 x 11 kg / 1 x 5 kg
heater Truma Combi 4
Base price from 55,990 euros

So he drives: The term is used almost inflationary in the camping industry: But this vehicle is really very automotive. At 5.41 meters in length, it is only a little longer than many a luxury SUV. Thanks to the short wheelbase, the handling is agile. You learn to love the compact external dimensions especially in city traffic, in narrow streets and in parking lots. The standard 90-liter diesel tank scores particularly well on long journeys.

Conclusion from Helene Schmidt: With the cool look outside and inside, the improved build quality and the comprehensive edition equipment, the Free 540 is the perfect companion for young families and the young at heart who love it agile and compact, but also want everything with them. Judgment: four out of five.

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