Sarah WakelySee other motorhome reviews written by Sarah Wakely
You can be sure of high quality in this Carthago offshoot, but does the German brand’s latest two-berth live up to its name? Sarah Wakely steps inside.
Heard of Malibu? This German brand may not be that well known here in the UK, but mention its parent company, Carthago, and things become that bit clearer.
Malibu is a sub-brand of the German manufacturer of luxury motorhomes, representing a more affordable (yet still beautifully built) route into the van conversion market.
Among its 2020 offering is the model tested here, the Charming Coupé 600 DB. It also has a sister model – the 640 LE - that features two single beds or a longitudinal double at the rear, instead of the 600 DB’s transverse double.
On the road
The Style Package adds a leather steering wheel, 16-inch wheels, painted bumper and more for £630.
Either way, with no storage area above, the cab feels spacious – the wealth of storage in the rest of the ’van means you shouldn’t miss it, either.
Lounging & dining
The table feels sturdy and solid; while the dinette seats are a bit upright for an evening spent lounging, a couple should find the cab chairs very comfortable.
A Midi Heki skylight helps keep the area illuminated during the day, with indirect ambient lighting at night. The latter is part of the Main Cabin Package (£1035), which upgrades the heating to Truma Combi 6, and provides a lashing system in the rear storage area, improved ceiling lining, insulated waste-water tank and more.
A generously sized absorption fridge, exclusively designed for Malibu, sits alongside the kitchen; there’s no oven fitted, though.
There’s a double floor compartment beneath the lounge seating area, and lots of lockers and drawers elsewhere.
|Layout||Van conversion, transverse bed|
|Fresh/waste water||100L / 92L|
|Leisure battery||80 Ah|
|Gas tank size||11kg|
2-burner gas hob
There’s a lot to love here. For starters, this van conversion is built by one of Europe’s most respected manufacturers, and that quality shines through.
There are compromises you’ll need to make – the kitchen isn’t huge, for example, and you could get your feet damp if you want to use the toilet after someone has showered.
The options list is lengthy, and it would be easy to find the cost ramping up rather quickly. But you will at least know that you’re getting both style and substance.
- Quaity build and stylish design
- Kitchen is on the small side