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Vantage Sol - ultimate showdown review

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Key Features

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

The Verdict

Quality and innovation are very much in evidence here, from a direct-sales company that's not afraid to do things a bit differently.

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AT A GLANCE

Berths: 2 Type Approval: European Whole Vehicle Prices From: £42,950 Price As Tested: £46,200

Pros
  • Rear door draught-excluder
  • Generous lighting
  • Superb build all-round
Cons
  • Inferior cab carpet

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

Model Year
2013
Manufacturer
Vantage Motorhomes
Class
High top
Range
No Range
Base Vehicle
Fiat Ducato
Price from (£)
42950
Main Layout
Rear Lounge
Width (m)
2.28
Price from (€)
Belted Seats
2
Payload (kg)
550
Engine Size
2.3TD
Berths
2
Maximum weight (kg)
3500
Height (m)
2.60
Length (m)
6.00

DETAILED REVIEW

Vantage take pride from specialising in van conversions, and strictly two-berths at that. All tested extensively, out in the field.


Sol is a design which uses an expensive rear U-shaped lounge, but there's a lot going on here. From the not-so-discreet interior Vantage branding, to use of better quality materials throughout.

The cab and living areas are psychologically split, using slight differences in carpet and upholstery to differentiate between living and driving. Not that the cab can't play a role in on-site set-up, rotating to a circular table it can be used for teas, coffees, etc.

The carpet sections are all cut tight to fit, and it's all rubber-backed so there's absolutely no chance of any slippage.

There are lots of other examples of attention to detail, the prime one being the strip of insulation that press studs across where the rear doors meet - it saves heat and prevents draughts getting in.

Things are neat and practical in the kitchen too. Thetford's Triplex cooker sits in a grey speckled worktop with hinged extension and matching splachback. The main talking point is the 'powerdock' set of three mains sockets that pulls up from the kitchen top.

Storage in the kitchen is also a strong point, with shelved cupboards and a slide-out cutlery tray that again, is a rather more classy affair than most.

The washroom sits mid-'van on the offside, and with hinged door acces has an all-white finish, with a fixed corner basin, bench toilet and a shower curtain to protect the back of the door.

There's no shortage of lighting throughout, even a downlighter in the cab ceiling, all of which are LED units and individually switched.

The massive rear lounge is what this kind of layout is all about. The added extra luxury here extends to an Avtex TV and Blaupunkt Melbourne digital receiver with speakers in the rear corners.

The larger than average bed sizes reflect the luxury too - twin singles at 6ft 3in or a double that's 6ft 3in by 6ft 1in. The two sections of seat base to form the double really glide out to make the flattest of double beds.

Most of the storage space under the offside settee is taken by the Whale heater and 10-litre boiler, but carpet-lined panels keep thse things comfortably out of sight and, again, are another good example of the extra detail work in the Sol.

Read the full review the June digital issue of Which Motorhome

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