What Motorhome reveals its top motorhomes and campervans of 2020
With motorhome dealerships and campsites in the UK opening up again, it seems to be a perfect time for What Motorhome to reveal its top motorhomes and campervans of 2020.
There's no overall winner, but the magazine and its editor, Peter Vaughan, has picked its favourite model in a range of different categories. Whether you're shopping for a small campervan for everyday use or dreaming of a sumptuous A-class, you'll find a model here of interest to you.
Here's a look at the winner of each category – click on the links to read a more in-depth report of the featured model.
If you want to read the features in full, you can buy a digital edition of the July issue of What Motorhome magazine right here.
Best new motorhomes and campervans of 2020
Best campervan: CMC HemBil Urban
What Motorhome said: "When you're enjoying good weather, it's great to cook outside, too, and that's where one of the Urban's neatest features comes in. The section of the galley just behind the driver's seat is a self-contained pod that's bolted to the floor. Just undo the fixings and it lifts straight out..."
Best budget van conversion: Elddis Autoquest CV60
What Motorhome said: "At bedtime, the design of the CV60 really comes into its own. It takes all of about 10 seconds to make the bed. You simply lift the base of the settee and slide it out until the backrest drops down flat behind."
Best van conversion (no fixed bed): IH 680 CFL
What Motorhome said: "Open the usual big sliding side door and a long L-shaped sofa stares back at you, inviting you to put your feet up and gaze back through the opening at the outside world from the comfort of your campervan."
Best van conversion (fixed bed): Rapido V62
What Motorhome said: "The V62 has everything you'd expect in a modern low-profile coachbuilt. Overcab sunroof – check. Fixed double bed – check. Big fridge/freezer – check. There's even a pretty generous 100-litre fresh water tank, too."
Best coachbuilt (fixed bed, under £60k): McLouis Fusion 360
What Motorhome said: "Here, we've sidestepped the obvious island bed models and plumped instead for the modestly sized Fusion 360, with its extra-large garage and extra-long double bed."
Best coachbuilt (fixed bed, over £60k): Dethleffs Globeline T 6613 EB
What Motorhome said: "Another reason for choosing a single bed layout like this is the garage below. Two full-sized loading doors serve this huge space and there's a full chassis extension underneath to support the garage area."
Best coachbuilt (no fixed bed, under £60k): Auto-Trail Tribute F60
What Motorhome said: "The layout is key, with a very open-plan feel in this standard side settee format. But it's also about the decor, with very pale coloured furniture, a great selection of interior lighting and a big overcab sunroof all adding to the airy interior that seems to belong in a bigger motorhome."
Best coachbuilt (no fixed bed, over £60k): Adria Matrix Plus 600 DT
What Motorhome said: "A massive part of the appeal of this type of motorhome is the lounge, which is ideal for a couple to relax in. A pair of long settees dominate the front half of this motorhome and, even though there's no overhead rooflight, the big sunroof above the cab and the large side windows let daylight flood into the area."
Best family van conversion: Dreamer Camper Five
What Motorhome said: "It's the layout – and especially the arrangement at the rear – that makes the difference. Not only does the Camper Five have the bunk beds that make it a practical family vehicle, but adjacent to the beds is a small, secondary seating area."
Best family coachbuilt: Benimar Primero 313
What Motorhome said: "Inside, the Primero looks much like the more expensive Mileo... but the layout here is not one you'll find in the Mileo range. This new 313 model is the most family friendly of all Primeros, featuring rear bunk beds and a pullman-style lounge up front."
Best compact coachbuilt: Chausson 520
What Motorhome said: "When you enter this little low-profile, you'll instantly be struck by just how spacious it is. With the bed stowed and cab seats swivelled, you'll soon forget that you're in a 'small' motorhome. The interior of the 520 feels huge."
Best A-class: Hymer Exsis i-580
What Motorhome said: "A stepped floor maintains the same comfortable level for all four occupants of the lounge, while a deep window in the door and a Hymer-branded wind-up sunroof ensure there's plenty of daylight. Over the cab, the drop-down double bed operates easily, demonstrating the brand's pre-eminence in the A-class world."
Best Ultimate A-class: Le Voyageur LV 7.8 LU
What Motorhome said: "Unlike its top-end rivals, the Le Voyageur also has a lounge at the front, adding versatility to the design and making it much more practical if you ever want to carry more than two people on board."