If you’ve ever thought about taking an epic road trip around the UK, Europe, or beyond, then you probably have thought about a campervan. Cooler than a caravan and a lot more manageable than the massive RVs you see in the US, a campervan can be a home away from home if you get the right one.
The number of models available on the market has reduced in recent years, with more and more campervans being converted out of another van or MPV. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t some fantastic campervans to choose from. Here are our pick for the three best campervans on the market.
Named after the famous explorer, the Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo will have you out and finding your own adventures. But you won’t be roughing it - it is a Mercedes after all. Based on Mercedes’ V Class people carrier, it has all the interior quality and comfort you expect from the famous German car maker. It comes with a fully-equipped kitchenette, two single beds that are built-in, and the extendable roof is electric powered – so no faffing away at the end of a long trip trying to get your space sorted for the night ahead.
Aside from the camper equipment, the car comes with an MBUX infotainment system – Mercedes’s top of the range piece of interior excellence – and a 360 degree camera to help you park this big vehicle with ease. And, if you decide to finish the day watching a film, you can take full advantage of the car’s Burmester surround sound system.
The Volkswagen Caravanette was the king of campervans for hippies and families alike in the 60s and 70s. While those cars are a certified classic these days, you can find a modern VW campervan that ticks a lot of the same boxes, albeit in a vastly superior version.
The Volkswagen Grand California is the perfect campervan for families. Why? Because it has something that all families need – space. Inside you’ll find beds for 2 adults and 2 children, which folds away into a comfortable living space when not in use. One thing that could really sell it for you is the separate wet room, so you can shower and go to the toilet in comfort and privacy. But if your kids are covered in mud, there’s an exterior shower with temperature control to hose them down.
With everything controlled by a simple touchpad, you can adjust the lights and heating with ease, taking another load of your mind at the end of a long day exploring.
One of the best conversions on the market, the Vauxhall Vivaro Elite turns what is a reliable and well-built commercial vehicle into a campervan fit for an adventure. Converted by the British company Wellhouse, the Vivaro is one of the most drivable vans on the road, open to experienced commercial drivers and those whose only encounter with a van is when camping.
Another key selling point is that the Vivaro also comes in an electric model. So if you want to explore the environment and lower your carbon footprint, then this is the one for you.