Campervan Editor, Geneve, picks her favourites of all the campervans reviewed in 2021
The Editor of Campervan magazine, Geneve Bartholomew-Brand, picks out her favourites from all the campervans reviewed in Campervan magazine during 2021
- Meet Geneve, the Editor
- Complete list of campervans reviewed in 2021
- Editor's overall favourite 2021
- More Editor's favourite picks
- Campervan magazine
Words by Campervan Editor, Geneve Bartholomew-Brand.
Photos (unless otherwise stated) by Warners Group Publications
Meet our Campervan magazine Editor, Geneve
When did you start campervanning?
I’ve been bonkers about campervanning for as long as I remember! I grew up in a family of happy campers who loved holidaying in the outdoors and it’s a passion that’s stayed with me. You really can’t beat having a campervan if you like off-grid adventuring.
What was your first campervan?
My first was a beautiful two-tone classic VW T25, which I owned for 13 years, and now I have an all-singing-all-dancing VW T6 conversion. One of the best things about my job is that I get to see all the latest campervans that are launched every year, and I never fail to get excited about all the latest developments and innovations!
Complete list of campervan reviews from 2021
This is the complete list of all the campervans that were reviewed in Campervan magazine during 2021. From this list, our Editor, Geneve, will pick her absolute favourites of the year.
In alphabetical order, the campervans reviewed in 2021 are...
- 8 Ball Camper Conversions 8 Ball2
- Adria Twin Sports 640 SG
- Auto Campers Day Van Modular Series
- Auto Campers Ford Leisure Van
- Auto-Sleeper Symbol
- Auto-Sleeper Warwick Duo
- Auto-Sleeper Warwick XL
- Auto-Sleeper Fairford
- Auto-Sleeper Fairford Plus
- Auto-Sleeper Kingham
- Auto-Sleeper Kemberton XL
- Auto-Trail Expedition 66
- Auto-Trail V-Line 540 SE
- Axon Spirit
- CargoClips Cargo Campers
- Cannon Camper Conversions Aspen Deluxe
- Carado V600 Clever + Edition
- CCCampers Shelsley
- CCCampers Witley
- Chausson X550 Exclusive Line
- Consort Reef
- Cruize Campers Highway Star
- Elddis Autoquest CV80
- Ford Nugget
- Globecar Campscout Elegance
- Globecar Roadscout Elegance
- Heart of England Velare
- Hillside Birchover Birchover All-Motion
- Hymer Free 540 Blue Evolution
- Knight's Custom Fu-Tourer
- Knights Custom Prestige Tourer
- Malibu Van Charming GT 640LE RB
- Newbourne Campers VW T6.1
- Pilote V630LG Special Edition
- Pilote Van V600G Premium
- RP Motorhomes Rebel Overlander
- RP Motorhomes Rebellion
- VW California Ocean
- WildAx Europa
Editor's overall favourite campervan
Campervan Editor, Geneve, has picked her overall favourite from all the campervans reviewed in 2021. She liked it so much in fact, she is now the proud owner of a similar model of this campervan...
Hillside Birchover All-Motion
In my opinion, the reason that this is the best campervan of all the vans I saw in 2021 is, quite simply, because I bought one! And you don’t really get a better seal of approval than that. OK, so mine is a standard Hillside Birchover Classic on a regular two-wheel drive Volkwagen T6, whilst this new model is built on VW’s 4-Motion, making it all-wheel drive, which is great to drive, both on and offroad.
The conversion features everything you could ever need, even including diesel blown-air heating and a hot water boiler, so it’s perfect for year-round adventures. I think it offers great value for money.
Watch the full video review
We have a full length review of the Editor's overall favourite for you to watch. Presented by Campervan Editor, Geneve. You can also read the full review of the Hillside Birchover All-Motion here: Full Review
More Editor's favourite picks
Of the complete list of all campervans reviewed in 2021, these are the campervans that are exceptionally good in certain areas, according to our Campervan Editor, Geneve.
Editor's favourite for best budget campervan
Auto-Trail Expedition 66
When this first came out, we were quite staggered at the price tag, which was just shy of £37k. Here was a brand-new campervan from a well-known manufacturer with everything you could need included in that price –even a 140bhp engine and underslung gas tank.
The price has gone up a little since then, as a result in price hikes of component parts and the base vehicle itself, but the latest model is still under £40k, making this our top pick for first time buyers and anyone on a tight budget.
You can see the full review of the Auto-Trail Expedition here: Full Review
Editor's favourite for best for value campervan
Auto Campers Day Van Modular Series
(Photo courtesy of Auto Campers)
It’s no secret that VW dominates the campervan market and with prices set to become sillier than they already are, there’s never been a better time to consider an alternative base vehicle, such as the Ford Transit Custom. Auto-Campers specialises in these conversions and we love all the models in its range. Its Day Van Modular Series offers really clever, unique design features and prices start at just £34,500.
If you are watching the pennies, it’s well worth considering a new conversion on a used vehicle, so also check out its Eco-line, as you could have one on your drive for under 30k.
You can see the full review of the Auto Campers Day Van Modular Series here: Full Review
Editor's favourite campervan for family and friends
(Photo courtesy of Axon Motorhomes)
A campervan with bunk beds is by far the best layout for families with older kids, or anyone who goes away with friends or other family members. The trouble is, campervans with bunk beds are few and far between. The Axon Spirit is a four-berth model with two removable bunks at the back of the van, as well as a double bed that makes up in the lounge.
It’s kitted out with everything you could need and, based on a used Citroën Relay L4H2, could be yours for under £40k.
You can see the full review of the Axon Spirit here: Full Review
Editor's favourite campervan for couples
Globecar Roadscout Elegance
German converter, Globecar, continues to be number one in the campervan market in its home country. And for good reason - its campervans boast the best in German build quality and it comes up with layouts and design features that just work. Whilst the Roadscout was already a tried and tested design, the new Elegance factor adds modern bling.
At 5.41m long, this Fiat-based camper isn’t much longer than a VW T6 long-wheelbase and, with a transverse double bed and a nifty central washroom, it’s a great little van for couples.
You can see the full review of the Globecar Roadscout Elegance here: Full Review
Editor's favourite big panel van with a pop-top
Elddis Autoquest CV80
(Photo courtesy of Elddis)
The biggest innovation of the season is large Fiat Ducato-size panel vans with pop-top roofs. We’ve seen them before but they’ve become mainstream this year, with most of the big manufacturers now offering one in its line-up. The purpose of the pop-top is purely to add berths, making them appealing to families.
We’ve been fans of the Autoquest CV range from Elddis since it launched a few years ago, as they’re nice vans and offer good value for money. The new CV80 is essentially a CV40 with a pop-top, and joins its CV20 and CV60 siblings in the model range.
You can see the full review of the Elddis Autoquest CV80 here: Full review
Editor's favourite campervan for tech and spec
VW California Ocean
Volkswagen’s own California campervan continues to be a best-seller and, if you’re a bit of a gadget geek who likes the latest tech and spec at your fingertips, then VW’s range-topping Ocean takes some beating. Based on the latest T6.1, the Audi-style Digital Cockpit gives it a rather space-age feel and the electro-hydraulic rising roof is very practical.
The California Ocean is very clinical and feels more like a car than a campervan, so it’s ideal as an only or daily driver.
You can see the full review of the VW California Ocean here: Full Review
Editor's favourite fixed bed campervan
(Photo courtesy of Auto-Sleepers)
There's a huge amount of choice of fixed bed campervans based on Fiat/Peugeot vans, but most of them are continental designs with the sliding door on the offside and, sometimes, a compromised kitchen. The Kingham, being thoroughly British, doesn't miss out on galley space but if differs more noticeably in its layout, with a side sofa up front and a lengthways French bed at the rear, which is super comfortable!
It's a unique campervan design that's been around for a while now, and it works really well for two people.
You can see the full review of the Auto Sleeper Kingham here: Full Review
Here's a bunch of stand-out campervans from 2021 that Campervan Editor, Geneve, thought were also worthy of an honourable shout-out, too...
Editor's pick for "most innovative campervan"
(Photo courtesy of CargoClips)
CargoClips Cargo Campers
If Lego made campervans...
You can read the full review of CargoClips Cargo Campers here: Full Review
Editor's pick for "quirkiest crossover campervan"
(Photo courtesy of Chausson)
Chausson X550 Exclusive Line
Is it a campervan? Is it a motorhome?
You can read the full review of Chausson X550 Exclusive Line here: Full Review
Editor's pick for "unusual layout and design"
With an L-shaped kitchen, it's quite different!
You can read the full review of the Ford Nugget Exclusive Line here: Full Review
Editor's pick for "all the bells and whistles"
Knight's Custom Fu-Tourer
For those who like plenty of bling...
You can read the full review of the Knight's Custom Fu-Tourer here: Full Review
Editor's pick for "best off-grid campervan"
Where it's nice to take a shower after a dirty weekend!
You can read the full review of the RP Rebellion here: Full Review
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