Base vehicle: Fiat Ducato Price from: £43,340 (ex VED) Berths: 2 Travel seats: 2 Length: 5.99m Width: 2.05m Height: 2.61m Gross weight: 3,300kg Payload: 440kg
Buy a Chausson van conversion on the Continent and it will look nothing like this, because the 33 Line was developed especially for the UK market, is sold only here, and is even built in Britain (by Trigano Group sister company, Auto-Trail).
The name, incidentally, signifies the distance in kilometres between France and Britain, across La Manche.
Every 33 Line comes with a numbered plaque to give you, perhaps, a sense that you’re investing in something exclusive. In reality, though, this is another derivative of the Auto-Trail/Benimar/Roller Team van conversion range.
What really marks it out is the Campovolo non-metallic grey paint with black alloy wheels for a slightly younger, sportier vibe. Pity there’s no overcab sunroof, though, as employed by Adria, Dreamer, Malibu, Rapido and now Swift.
Inside, it’s much like its sister campervans, with a classic two-person design that majors on a roomy rear lounge – albeit one that’s not long enough to offer single beds. If you want twin beds, you’ll have to go for the longer V697 model (based on the 6.36m Fiat), which also gains a pair of rear travel seats.
One plus of the V594 is that the cab works well as the second lounge area. Not only do the two front seats rotate, but there is a round coffee table to deploy here and a low-level cabinet makes a useful worktop for a laptop, or for snacks.
For full dining there’s a larger, rectangular table (also on a central pole) to use in conjunction with the rear settees.
The central kitchen comes with an oven and grill as well as a decent amount of worktop, thanks to an extension flap at the forward end. There are two drawers here as well as three low-level cupboards, while handleless top lockers provide a useful amount of cupboard space throughout the living area.