Auto-Trail has taken a premium approach to van conversions with its V-Line series. Nick Harding gets a cool reminder of what's key to the newest 634.
Can a refrigerator make that much difference? Well, if we're talking about van conversions with prices in excess of £50,000, it would seem that it does.
There's a bit more to this fifth and newest member of the V-Line van conversion range from Auto-Trail, but a 142-litre fridge/freezer is an interesting starting point.
The V-Lines represent a more premium approach, which is also reflected in the price. This starts with a natty exterior in metallic silver, with matching black trim and 16in alloy wheels.
Fiat's extra-long Ducato provides the base here, so there's that bit more room; notably at the back, where those sofas are just about long enough for single beds, or you can pull both slatted bases together for a double.
Being able to swing open the back doors when you're parked up is what it's all about. Plus, you get a choice of two tables: circular, for occasional use, and a larger rectangular one for dining.
On the road
I'd argue three gas rings is as much as you'll need, hob-wise, while an oven/grill combination also makes sense, space-wise. There's a microwave to supplement all this, and a fair amount of worktop - permanent plus an extension section.
All this leaves a lot of space for storage, with a quartet of drawers and three low-level lockers. Across the corridor, there's that fridge/freezer - all 142 litres of it - set off the floor for easier access.
The nearside sofa base is clear; the offside houses the Truma Combi boiler and leisure battery box. The refillable gas tank under the vehicle (with fresh- and waste-water tanks) means no impinging on locker space.
Popular as it is, the Ducato has reached the venerable stage and there's no facelift or 'next generation' in the pipeline. Auto-Trail has done its best here, with upgrades courtesy of the Media Pack - the Xzent infotainment system combines stereo with a 6.5in touchscreen, DAB, European sat nav and reversing camera, along with steering wheel controls.
Plus, blinds are included, as well as great upholstery. It's good to see Traction+ and hill-hold, too.
|Layout||Van conversion, rear lounge|
|Fresh/waste water||68L / 68L|
|Leisure battery||75 Ah|
|Number of gas tank compartments||1|
3-burner gas hob, Combined Oven/Grill, Microwave
The upmarket approach to van conversions seems to be paying dividends for Auto-Trail's V-Line series. The 634 adds to the attraction, especially if a big fridge is a priority for you. Being realistic, you should budget to spend at least another £2000 on the Media Pack and engine upgrades.