Andrew McPhee

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Design

The Warwick is a real looker, with its colour co-ordinated bumpers and darkened, flush-fitting windows. It’s not just cosmetically impressive: among the standard equipment are external barbecue, shower and TV points. However, it does have single-glazed (albeit ‘athermic’) windows, which you might think would be inferior to double-glazed versions, but Auto-Sleepers claims that they retain heat and reduce condensation. There's an electric side step and a fixed rear step that stands proud of the rear bumper by nearly 20cm. The fresh- and waste-water tanks are underslung between the axles, and there are wide-bore drain valves.

On the road

The Warwick is based on the long-wheelbase Peugeot Boxer van with steel high-top. It's fitted with the 2.2-litre HDi 120bhp engine. It has a 3500kg all-up weight and a payload of more than 600kg (pre add-ons) – that’s plenty of touring weight for two people.
The Warwick offers an airbag, swivel passenger seat and swing-arm table as cost options. Air-con costs extra, too. The graphic inserts around the centre fascia console and air vents are an attempt to steer it away from its commercial underpinnings. The cab seats are height- and tilt-adjustable, and you get lumbar adjustment, too. For security, there's single-key, remote cab/habitation locking, and for convenience on the road, steering wheel-mounted radio controls.

Lounging & dining

The Warwick offers an extremely sociable rear lounge, with long, comfortable benches that face each other. At mealtimes, the free-standing table stands 67cm tall (it's stored in the overcab locker when not in use). The sofa squabs don’t have pronounced knee rolls, so there is plenty of room to slide your legs under, although the back rest cushions are very upright.
The Warwick has a slide rail and a small, hinged seat base that clips into place, with a dedicated mounting in the wardrobe. This arrangement allows everyone in the lounge area to view the flatscreen TV/DVD/Freeview system that comes as standard equipment.

Kitchen

The Warwick has a generously proportioned kitchen, with 95 x 56cm of dedicated worksurface. There’s a small, recessed bin with a lid and the large, stainless steel sink has a chinchilla glass top which can also be pressed into action as a worksurface.
One hotplate and three burners, a full-sized grill/oven with spark ignition, an extractor fan, and a light sensibly positioned above the hob, should keep even the most demanding cook happy. There is plenty of cupboard space, a microwave above the hob, and a moulded locker for crockery and wine glasses.

Sleeping

Release a catch in the seat boxes and the slatted bases slide out to meet each other. The backrests drop in as infill cushions. Pleated blinds and flyscreens are supplied for the living area windows, with curtains for the cab and rear windows.

Washroom

The washroom isn't especially roomy, but then the same is true of most of the Warwick's main rivals. You get a tip-up basin and a Thetford bench cassette toilet, as well as a shower curtain.
The room is lit using an energy-saving LED striplight, and offers a ceiling vent to let out the steam.

Storage

Storage space is at a premium. The Warwick has three overhead lockers on the driver’s side, two on the passenger side, a mini-safe built into the floor under a seat box, and good under-sofa storage space (thanks to gas struts). As well as a wardrobe, it has an umbrella stand and a three-peg coat hook at the entrance.

Technical specs

Sleeps2
Travel seats6
MTPLM3500kg
Payload609kg
Length6.19m20′4″
Width2.26m7′5″
Height2.6m8′6″
Waste water1045L
External Options
Awning light, Electric step, External TV output
Kitchen Equipment
3-burner gas with electric hot plate, Combined Oven/Grill, Microwave
Washroom
Thetford C-402 bench toilet, Shower curtain
Heating
Truma Gas Blown air heater

Verdict

The Warwick's exterior and interior beauty and outstanding level of built-in equipment mean it's a really compelling buy. If you're in the market for a high-top, consider the Warwick first.

Conclusion

Pros

  • Highly equipped inside and out
  • Outstanding quality of fit and finish.

Cons

  • Although the windows look great, single-glazing may not offer enough protection in cold climes
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