Auto-Trail Adventure 65 Review
How did the new 4 berth high top hold up
Wednesday, 27, Nov 2019 11:33
By William Coleman
Auto-Trail have unveiled their newest addition to the already impressive line up to support the overwhelming love for all things that are camper vans. This impressive new 4 berth has been designed for adventure and really is quite impressive.
The new Adventure 65 is a new 2020 model and should make quite the splash for young adventurers and families who want to get out more without having to drive something as large as a motorhome.
With a rear lounge, with two rear doors, makes this model great for activities and keeping the van free of muck that will inevitably be brought in after a day trekking through the great outdoors.
This is a 4 berth van that also comes with 4 belted seats which makes this ideal for a family get away. I especially like how smart the pop up roof is, and just how comfortable it was even when 2 adults used it for a nights sleep.
Usually I am not overly keen on high top models, this one stands as 2.27m, but this outer design and colour scheme makes this camper stand out, in a good way. The decals are very modern and gives the overall appearance a sporty look, imagine a Fiat Abarth but the size of a high top camper.
As you'd expect this is built upon and trusted Fiat Ducato base with a 120 Multijet 6 speed engine, which for a cost can be upgraded to a 140/160/180 or a Fiat fully automatic 9 speed gearbox. So you do have quite a lot of options to choose from to help suit your needs and driving style.
One aspect of this van, that could fly under the radar, is the anti rattle dampers that have been fitted to the draws. I absolutely hate the rattly sounds when driving so this gets two thumbs up from me.
The driving side of this van is top notch. We took it through towns, busy A roads and off the beaten track down towards a lake to sit and have afternoon tea. The van handled well on all surfaces and was an absolute pleasure to drive. The fuel economy is not to be sniffed at. A full tank got a surprising amount of millage, even with 4 adults and their kit on board.
When it comes to actually living in the van, which lets face it that is not really what campers are for, there is room to move around even when there are 4 people aboard. I would not recommend hosting a party on board but the van makes for the perfect retreat after a day out.
The Adventure lives up to its name as it makes for the perfect vehicles to go out on action adventure weekends and see more of those rural spots that may be tougher to get to in a full size motorhome.
The interior of this brand new compact is very smart indeed, much like the rest of Auto-Trail's 2020 range. The Salinas Oak wood colour inside gives it more of a hotel feel than a camper.
The large double pop up roof bed really makes this stand out and with the LED reading light it makes for a very comfy and cozy hideaway.
Overall there is very little in or out the van that can spoken about negatively. I can see where some traditionalists may not be keen on the colour, something I love, but when it comes to function and day to day use you can ask for more.