Launched in February 2014, find out what the Practical Motorhome team thinks of the Auto-Trail V-Line 610 in this review

Overview

Auto-Trail launched its V-Line 610 and 620 at the NEC in Birmingham in February, 2014. It was the follow-up to the first ever V-Line, which had been launched in October, 2013.

Compared to the fixed-bed V-Line 620, the 610 feels more spacious inside. The parallel-sofas at the end make a comfy lounge-diner by day and an excellent bedroom by night. With those two needs sorted, there's no need to squeeze in the 620's little dinette. This allows more space for the centrally-located washroom and kitchen.

Design

The stylish and sporty V-Line redefines how a van conversion should look. Alloys, the wind-out awning, chrome door handles and stainless-steel running rails all contribute to the classy image.

On the road

The 2014 Auto-Trail V-Line 610 is built on a Fiat Ducato base vehicle with a 2.3-litre, 130bhp, Euro 5+ engine, so it has plenty of power and delivers reasonable mpg. The 610 has the same moulded rear panel as the V-Line 620 (which we've also reviewed in full on this website.

It's worth considering paying extra for the £999 Media Pack. This includes the reversing camera, which sends images to the main stereo/sat-nav unit.

Lounging & dining

The rear parallel lounge has a centre chest and a table. Daylight pours in, and twin beds or a double can be made up at night. The chest’s top can be extended for drinks and snacks. The furnishings combine well with the mid-tone wood and granite worktop.

Kitchen

Towards the cab on the offside are a half-length wardrobe above the drawer-style fridge. On the nearside is the glass worktop that conceals the cooker and sink.

Sleeping

The rear of the camper is where you'll find the lounge, with its twin facing sofas placed longitudinally. At night it's a quick job to convert them into a reasonably spacious transverse double bed, 1.85m x 1.37m (6'1" x4'6").

This makes the double bed in the 610 approximately 17cm (7") wider than the fixed-double bed in the V-Line 620. If you don't mind making the bed every night and you don't need to accommodate a child or small guest, you'll get a more spacious bed in this V-Line 610.

Washroom

The washroom features a shower with a sunken floor to accommodate tall people. There's just that bit more room for the toilet, sink and shower in this washroom than in the V-Line 620's compact washroom.

Storage

Open the van's rear doors and you'll get a pleasant surprise. Both the V-Line 610 and 620 boast boots with dedicated storage space for a gas cylinder, wet items and two camping chairs.

Technical specs

Sleeps2
Travel seats2
MTPLM3500kg
Payload410kg
Length5.99m19′8″
Width2.51m8′3″
Height2.81m9′3″
Waste water70L
External Options
Aluminium sidewalls, Integral awning, Awning light, Electric step
Kitchen Equipment
Dometic Fridge, 2-burner gas hob, Combined Oven/Grill
Washroom
Thetford C-250 toilet
Heating
Truma Gas/Electric heater, Truma Electric/Gas water heater

Verdict

The 2014 Auto-Trail V-Line 620’s stablemate shares the fixed-bed model’s moulded end panel and boot. But the 610 offers advantages that will be just the thing for some motorcaravanning couples.

Conclusion

Pros

  • This superbly stylish camper is designed solely for couples
  • It is just short of six metres long
  • Its MTPLM is 3,500kg
  • If you don't mind making the bed every night, you'll get more room to sleep in the 610

Cons

  • For a similar price you could consider buying a coachbuilt motorhome
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