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There's a massive selection of 2 berth motorhomes and campervans to choose from in the UK market, so to help you narrow down your choices we've selected 10 of the best 2 berths that we've reviewed in recent years.
Whether you're looking for the smallest, easiest to park and manoeuvre campervans and conversions, or ultimate luxury in coachbuilts and even A-class motorhomes, there's an option on this list that could fit the bill.
We've reviewed all of them, so you can find out exactly what their star attributes and pitfalls are, to figure out if they could be the best motorhome for your touring style.
These are all 2020 and 2019 models, and often come with a choice of kit levels and optional extras, so you can create your perfect motorhome depending on the kind of touring and the home comforts that you want.
10 best 2 berth motorhomes
VW Grand California (2020)
Often seen as the 'cool' campervan option, VW campervans have thrived for decades, and this new offering in a slightly larger van conversion looks to be just as popular.
The Grand California initially debuted two years ago as a concept 'van at Düsseldorf's Caravan Salon show. It's based on the second-generation VW Crafter, but has been converted to right-hand drive for the UK market.
Available in two different layouts - the transverse-bed 600 and the slightly longer fixed-twin-bed 680 - the Grand California offers comfortable sleeping options, plenty of storage and, unlike the original Californias, an impressive washroom.
The major downfall of this 'van is the price tag, but VWs are known for holding their value, so some may find it justifiable given the kit level and practicality of this motorhome.
Elddis Autoquest CV60 (2020)
As winner of our Best High-Top Van Conversion category of the Motorhome of the Year Awards last year, you can be sure that this 2 berth motorhome has some impressive credentials.
Also known as the Compass Avantgarde CV60, the layout includes a rear French bed, a rarity in van conversions. The bed can also be folded up to become a daybed and create a very comfortable rear lounge, essentially giving you both a front dining area and a rear lounge/bedroom in a sub-6m 'van.
Unlike most Elddis van conversions, this motorhome is based on a Fiat Ducato, which means you could soon upgrade to Fiat's new nine-speed auto-gearbox (at a cost). The sub-6m length is also a bonus, making it much easier to fit in regular parking spaces.
Find out more about the special features of this two berth van conversion in our full review.
Frankia M-Line T7400 QD (2019)
The rear island bed M-Line T7400 QD, based on a Mercedes Sprinter, is a great option for couples that want top spec and might have passengers to transport during the day, as it has 4 belted travel seats.
It is sister 'van to the T7400 GD, which scooped the Luxury Motorhome over 3500kg award in 2019's Motorhome of the Year Awards.
This 'van certainly has plenty of luxury details, and it looks the part, too. It's also well winterised, making it great for year-round touring, and has an impressive payload for carrying plenty of kit for longer tours.
In our full review, you can find out about all the extra luxury touches that Frankia has bestowed on this top-of-the-line low profile model.
Bailey Autograph 69-2 (2020)
The Autograph range is Bailey's luxury line, and it was given a complete overhaul for the 2020 season.
In the 69-2 you get a rear lounge that is nearly 20cm longer than that of the 68-2, which makes quite a difference when it comes to using the settees as single beds. As such, this makes a very comfortable motorhome for two. Of course, you can also make that rear lounge up into a spacious double using pull-out slats.
This motorhome is particularly well designed for those that use a range of digital devices when on tour - there are plenty of USB charging points to go around.
To find out more about the great features of this model, read our full review.
Hymer B-Class MC T 600 (2020)
Hymer has also based a range on the Mercedes Sprinter, with the a new addition to this 'Modern Comfort' range coming in the form of the T 600.
It's as luxurious as you might expect, with a superb build quality and high spec level, including plenty of additional options that could quickly up the price.
The layout consists of twin singles in the rear above a large garage, with a modest lounge up front and a central kitchen and washroom.
To find out exactly what extras you might want to add (and there's a long list of possibilities), read our review of the T600.
Malibu Van Charming Coupé (2020)
As an off-shoot from Carthago, you can expect great build quality, even in this more affordable sub-brand. The range includes two models; we've tested the 600 DB which has a transverse double, and there's also the 640 LE which has twin single beds or a longitudinal double.
There are, of course, plenty of upgrade packages that could push the price up, but you know you're getting high quality upgrades and stylish design.
For the UK market, it is right-hand drive, and if you do go for some of those option packs, you can have parking sensors, cruise control, cab and lounge speakers and much more.
The layout is a staple for van conversions - dinette up front, off-side kitchen, a mid-ships washroom and the bed at the rear. The washroom is a Malibu speciality - a '3-in-1 flexi-bathroom' that feels much more spacious than you often get in van conversions.
To find out more about Malibu's unique design touches like porthole windows, read our full review.
Murvi Pimento XL (2020)
Murvi's latest van conversion boasts a spacious front lounge with a comfortable side sofa. Murvi is also known for being particularly flexible in the kitchen, with a number of appliance configurations. The basic set-up is L-shaped, with lots of lockers and clever storage solutions.
There's also a washroom in the offside rear corner, although it isn't the largest and the shower is created by extending the tap fixture and pulling a curtain around.
There's a choice of sleeping arrangements thanks to a tweak in the seating area - you can either set it up as two single beds or a double, with the bed base sliding out on smooth floor rails.
One of the main luxuries of this conversion is the massive rear storage locker - in fact, storage is a real strength of this design. Find out more in our full review of this Ford Transit-based van conversion.
Pilote Pacific 696D Essentiel (2020)
This is an impressive 'van for couples, with lots of storage and two fold-out travel seats as standard that allow you to take passengers with you on your adventures.
We reviewed a model with a £340 optional extra double bed, made up from the spacious front seating area, but as standard you get a comfortable drop-down double.
That large front lounge is certainly luxurious, with added touches like plenty of lighting. The kitchen offering is bulked up with a GB Edition Pack, but that does take away from the storage capacity.
You step up into the rear washroom, which is separated with a tambour door, to make space below for the impressive garage space.
To find out more about this 'van's pros and cons, check our full review.
WildAx Elara (2019)
Another impressive van conversion, from Rapido-owned WildAx, comes on a Mercedes Sprinter base and has an unusual, rather luxurious feature.
Unusually for a van conversion, this model boasts an island bed in the rear. Granted, it takes up almost half the length of the 'van, but it is supremely comfortable and if you're touring as a couple, the slightly smaller lounge seems a fair pay-off.
The bed also means that you get a large storage space beneath it for storing kit.
The rest of the 'van isn't bad, either, with a well-equipped kitchen where you'll find a 142-litre fridge - very generous for a 2 berth!
Read more about this surprisingly spacious van conversion in our full review.
Auto-Sleeper Symbol Plus (2019)
This good-looking 'van has smart design both inside and out. It takes the popular front lounge from the Symbol and marries it with the much-liked L-shaped kitchen and rear washroom of the Stanway model. A clever move from Auto-Sleeper.
This layout, along with some clever design touches, appealed to our judges in the 2019 Motorhome of the Year Awards, who awarded it Best High-top Van Conversion.
Praise indeed! But not particularly surprising when you look at features such as those included in the optional Premium and Winter Packs (the latter is added as standard unless you request otherwise), the exceptionally well-thought-out kitchen space and touches like the dressing room partition.
Read about all the special features of this 'van in our detailed review.
If you're looking for a bit more space than these 2 berths offer, check the rest of our motorhome reviews to see if there might be a camper, van conversion, coachbuilt or A-class more suited your touring needs. We're adding more all the time, so don't forget to check back.
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