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Campervan review: Hillside Birchover Executive campervan

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Since 2004 Hillside has grown to become one of the leading manufacturers of VW Transporter-based campers in the UK, whilst remaining a family-owned and run business. Today, it builds over 200 campervans a year (now all based on VW, including larger Crafter conversions) and its vehicles come with the reassurance of approval from the NCC (National Caravan Council) as well as European Whole Vehicle Type Approval.

Additionally, Hillside is a Volkswagen-registered Transporter bodybuilder. And now it is launching a new version of its top-of-the-T6-range Birchover Executive to complete the Derby-based firm’s line-up.

As part of the Birchover family, the new model has the popular side kitchen style of floorplan, but beyond that the Executive’s interior is quite different from the entry-level S, best-selling Classic and long-wheelbase XL. It does, however, still retain well-proven components, such as an RIB seat/bed system and top-quality SCA elevating roof (the latest 290 model with sprung roof bed, panoramic opening front section and now upgraded to include an extra side window, too).

The 2020-season Birchover Excecutive has been redesigned to create a more usable interior. The side kitchen has been ameliorated, with larger drawers and cupboards, all equipped with push-to-open catches for a clutter-free aesthetic. Also new is a 50-litre slide-out drawer-style fridge for easy access, while the Smev combination hob and sink sit under a solid Corian-style worktop for a seamless appearance. Pleated, concertina-type blinds at all the windows aft of the cab are another upmarket touch.

All Executives are based on the top-spec Highline version of the Transporter, with the 110PS power unit as the standard engine. The 150PS and 200PS motors are available, along with the DSG automatic gearbox (as fitted to the show model). And a full Abt styling kit can add the finishing touch to your camper for £4,995 including colour coding, fitting and a quad-outlet exhaust system.

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