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Motorhome review: Danbury Surf Special Edition campervan

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Key Features

  • Model Year : 2019
  • Class : Rising Roof
  • Base Vehicle : Volkswagen T6
  • Engine Size : 2.0TD
  • Maximum Weight (Kg) : 3000
  • Berths : 2
  • Layout : Campervan

The Verdict

This special edition version of the best-selling Surf is available with a range of tempting options and has a smart interior design that will grab the attention.

AT A GLANCE

Base vehicle: VW Transporter T6 Price from: £45,995 Berths: 2/4 Travel seats: 4 Length: 4.90m Width: 1.90m Height: 2.04m Gross weight: 3,000kg Payload: 673kg

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

Model Year
2019
Manufacturer
Danbury
Class
Rising Roof
Range
No Range
Base Vehicle
Volkswagen T6
Engine Size
2.0TD
Payload (kg)
673
Belted Seats
4
Maximum weight (kg)
3000
Price from (£)
45995
Length (m)
4.90
Width (m)
1.90
Height (m)
2.04
Berths
2
Main Layout
Campervan
Price from (€)
Campervan Test Date

DETAILED REVIEW

Danbury vehicles are now available through a network of dealers and its range has been expanded to include larger campervans based on the Fiat Ducato. But this new Surf is, perhaps, the biggest news of all.

The Fiat-based Avenir range is built in France and, with the exception of the new rear lounge layout, features designs that debuted as Pilote Vans. The Surf Special Edition, however, was conceived in Bristol to update the company’s top-selling model.

It may reprieve the traditional campervan layout and use the iconic Transporter base, but this is an all-new design that’s instantly recognisable from its forebears. Significantly, it uses an RIB seat/bed system rather than the previous Danbury design.

Base vehicle, as standard, is the short-wheelbase Highline-spec T6 with 101bhp (102PS) 2-litre Euro 6 TDI engine and five-speed manual gearbox. 

The £45,995 list price also includes 16in alloy wheels but the style-conscious may be tempted by the £3,990 Sport Pack, which ups these to 18in and adds 40mm lower suspension, chrome side bars, gloss black finish for the mirrors and grille and a deeper front bumper/spoiler unit.

More essential for most of us will be the Pop Roof Pack (also £3,990), which encompasses the UK-made Skyline elevating roof and the upper bed. It comes with white canvas but other shades are available. The roof bed, meanwhile, features a very thin mattress measuring 1.80m by 1.11m and has a weight limit of 200kg.

Other extra cost additions to the show model included the Energy Pack (£350), which adds a 100W solar panel, Upholstery Pack (£1,490) with duo-tone, part-vinyl trim and the Audio Pack (£180) of Bluetooth rear audio, WiFi phone charger and USB. That’s a total of £55,995.

Inside, it’s the new high-gloss furniture with flush-fitting doors that you’ll notice first. The kitchen also includes a Dometic two-burner hob and sink unit with integral pan stand alongside, and a 50-litre compressor fridge concealed behind a tambour door. There’s a large shelved cupboard and big drawer in the main unit, with a tiny cutlery drawer adjacent to the rear bench.

The RIB back seat incorporates Isofix for child seats but is rather high even for adult legs. It has two more drawers underneath for useful storage and folds flat easily to form a 1.99m by 1.21m (max) double bed. In the rear offside corner there’s a phone charger and cupholder next to the head of the bed where you’ll also discover twin reading lights. Rear speakers are fitted alongside the bench seat, too

The Surf’s 60-litre fresh water tank is mounted inboard (over the offside wheelarch) and this serves an external shower as well as the kitchen sink. In the boot, the mattress section can be tipped vertically to carry larger loads, while long items, (such as skis), can be accommodated by removing the nearside under-seat drawer. Specification also includes a 105Ah leisure battery and 35-litre waste water tank.

 

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