Auto-Sleepers has combined highlights from both the Stanway and the regular Symbol to create the Symbol Plus. Nick Harding tries the tempting new blend.

Overview

When you have a model as perennially popular as the Symbol, what can you do to improve it and boost its appeal to existing owners? Well, here it is.Auto-Sleepers admits that it has customer demand to thank for this combination of all that's best about the Symbol - the front lounge - and the Stanway's L-shaped rear kitchen and washroom. 

Design

The Symbol Plus is based on the 6m-long version of Peugeot's Boxer. The Symbol is based on the 5.41m-long Boxer, so this is literally the opportunity for many owners to trade up.

Spare a thought for the Stanway, because this has been dropped for the season. It's possible to presume that the Stanway's lounge, despite its extra travelling seat for two, didn't quite tick everyone's boxes.

The 'van's payload is still to be confirmed, but the Stanway has an impressive 562kg, so you can expect a similar figure here.

On the road

There's also plenty of power from the 160bhp standard-fit engine. It's a mystery why Peugeout hasn't contemplated offering an automatic option, but Auto-Sleepers can overcome this if you wish, by building on the equivalent Fiat Ducato.

Lounging & dining

The Symbol seating plan will be familiar to many. Pull back the sliding door, glide out the electric step, and you find a sofa along the offside looking out on the rest of the world, and a single travel seat just inside the door.

You only need to open the rear doors to access the toilet cassette, gas isolator valves and Truma 6 Combi boiler.

Kitchen

To the back, then, and it's the kitchen that catches the eye. The grey-and-white colour scheme looks fresh and modern, and its L-shape provides a fair amount of worktop.; what's more, you can also pull out a section above the fridge.

The cooking facilities are good, and feature three gas rings, along with a combined oven and grill. It's great to see the inclusion of the Stanway's coffee maker here, too.

Cooking facilities are supplemented by a Russell Hobbs microwave - there's little more that a chef could need in here - and there's an Omnivent overhead. The latter is a good addition because, unless you plan to cook with the offside rear door open, there's no direct ventilation here.

Sleeping

At night, it's a choice of single beds (the nearside example is shorter than the offside) or a good-sized double. The formed 'mattress' is on the firm side; a topper would make it even more comfortable.

Washroom

A tambour door by the kitchen opens into the decent-sized washroom. Here, there's a generous amount of room for showering and ablutions.

The fixed handbasin is rather on the small side, but there's plenty of kit elsewhere; including a vanity unit with sliding doors, toilet roll holder, a towel rail, an extractor fan unit and so on.

You can create a changing area at the back, too, by opening the door to the main locker/vanity area (there's an excellent illuminated mirror here) and folding out a lower panel.

Storage

There are four overhead lockers; one is home to that Auto-Sleeper essential, a nice set of glasses and clips for a pair of bottles. At a lower level, the storage is compromised by the Truma Combi boiler located on the floor directly below.

Equipment

A wide choice of exterior colours and soft furnishings is available. The £2500 Premium Pack provides an awning, solar panel, underslung gas tank and more, while Al-Ko Air Top suspension makes for a smooth ride.

Technical specs

LayoutVan conversion, rear kitchen
Sleeps2
Travel seats3
MTPLM3500kg
Length5.99m19′8″
Width2.26m7′5″
Height2.64m8′8″
Fresh/waste water69L / 40L
Leisure battery105 Ah
External Options
Awning light, Electric step
Kitchen Equipment
3-burner gas hob, Combined Oven/Grill, Microwave, Extractor fan
Heating
Truma Combi heater

Verdict

The lounge in the Symbol Plus as a long-term favourite, and the kitchen and washroom layout from the outgoing Stanway is attractive. Then you get all of those Auto-Sleeper comforts and overall spec, too. The Symbol Plus is a tempting little motorhome that should do well on the forecourts. 

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