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Devon Aztec - ultimate showdown review

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Key Features

  • Model Year : 2013
  • Class : High top
  • Base Vehicle : Fiat Ducato
  • Maximum Weight (Kg) : 3500
  • Berths : 2
  • Engine Size : 2.3TD
  • Layout : Rear Lounge

The Verdict

Don't under-estimate the fuss-free qualities of a Devon. Sturdiness and practicality are very much to the fore. And at a good price!

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Devon Conversions View more details about the manufacturer of this vehicle over in our manufacturers section.

AT A GLANCE

Prices From: £41,148 Berths: 2 Type Approval: European Whole Vehicle

Pros
  • An understated quality
  • Comfiest of lounges
  • Fullest of kitchens
  • Superior second seating area up front
Cons
  • Old-fashioned washroom

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

Model Year
2013
Manufacturer
Devon Conversions
Class
High top
Range
No Range
Base Vehicle
Fiat Ducato
Length (m)
6.00
Height (m)
2.60
Maximum weight (kg)
3500
Berths
2
Engine Size
2.3TD
Belted Seats
2
Payload (kg)
920
Price from (€)
Width (m)
2.10
Main Layout
Rear Lounge
Price from (£)
41803

DETAILED REVIEW

Pretty much every Devon conversion now comes with the optional upgrade of the Designer Pack at an extra £1,500, which includes items such as air-conditioning, cruise control, passenger airbag, parking sensors, leather steering wheel and gearknob, mudflaps and wheeltrims. For the price, it's not really a surprise.


The rear lounge is very comfortable, noticeably on superior foam. It's in a pleasing U-shape, unless you require through-access. In which case the central area can be removed. It comes with the choice of 4 upholstery colours, designed to complement the Fiat exterior.

Despite the mid-van washroom, the Aztec manages to overcome the corridor effect. The washroom itself has a bench toilet, but the wallboarding and fold-down basin are a throwback. Showering is also via a traditional Whale mixer tap extension, but in a good, deep shower tray. 

The kitchen is far more impressive, not least because of the fact it boasts a full Dometic cooker, the only one in the Showdown to do so. It offers 4 gas rings as well as a seperate oven and grill. The kitchen unit may look small at first glance but expands thanks to a worktop extension.

Other than a deep shelf, the kitchens height precludes upper level storage, but there's a cutlery drawer under the sink and a cupboard suitable as a pan store under the cooker. Food storage comes in the form of a Dometic 8 series fridge behind the driver.

There's a sturdy quality throught the Aztec. It's as far from the Adria Twin GT as you'll get, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Everything is heavier duty, warmer and kinder. Lighting is by LED's throughout with six downlighters for the lounge, and a further four in the kitchen area.

Heating is from Truma's 4E Combi, with twin outlets in the lounge, one in the washroom and one at the foot of the drivers swivelled seat.


Read the full review in the June 2013 digital issue of Which Motorhome

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