Andrew McPhee

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Overview

The primary source of bases for Smart Campers will be the UK’s healthy used Transit supply, although you can also have one made on a new Transit. Only base vehicles from 2005 or later will be used.

Two models are available, the Kia (tested here), which has a rear-lounge layout, and the Ora, which has a front lounge layout. Despite the ‘budget’ positioning of the brand, the Kia bears all the hallmarks of Vantage quality – the conversions are identical to those found in Vantage ’vans, although they’ve been thoroughly reworked to fit the Transit base.

The Kia’s rear lounge makes up very easily into a spacious double or two single beds, and the swivelling cab seats allow a separate seating area to be created in the front of the ’van.

The kitchen and washroom are very similar to those found in Vantage’s Neo; the former is superb, one of the best in a van conversion, and although the latter is tight on space, it still has full shower and toilet facilities.

Technical specs

Sleeps2
Travel seats2
MTPLM3500kg
Payload600kg
Length5.7m18′8″
Width2.38m7′10″
Height2.7m8′10″
Waste water50L
External Options
Awning light
Kitchen Equipment
Dometic Fridge, 3-burner gas hob
Washroom
Thetford C-250 toilet, Shower curtain

Verdict

If you’re looking to downsize you should definitely have a look at the Zen. You’ll be surprised how full-featured this ’van is, despite its diminutive base vehicle.

Conclusion

Pros

  • Quality; washroom facilities; space

Cons

  • Small kitchen; not a new base vehicle (if that bothers you)