You get a lot in a small package
We like the flexible sleeping arrangements
Having lights in the lounge that can be moved is a neat touch
The all-in-one washroom is pretty compact
German brand Sunlight has come into its own over the past couple of years.
Formerly a subsidiary of fellow Erwin Hymer Group brand Dethleffs, it’s now a name in its own right.
Where previously it focused on coachbuilts, for the 2018 season, it’s offering van conversions and A-class models, too.
The brand was always known for value for money, so we were looking forward to seeing its new products.
It packs a tremendous amount into its sub-6m dimensions
Up front, there’s standard van conversion fare.
The cab seats swivel to create a dinette for four, plus a single-leg table can be clipped on the wall to form the dining area.
There is a step up to negotiate, but a Truma Combi 4 heating vent within it is a welcome addition.
The Sunlight Cliff 601’s lounge is also well lit, thanks in part to spotlights that can be unclipped and repositioned.
You can also leave the sliding door open and use the huge flyscreen (part of the £1230 Basic Pack fitted to our test ’van).
Opposite the dinette is the kitchen. There’s not much worktop available, but a lift-up flap helps.
No oven is fitted, but there is a two-burner Domestic hob and a deep, square sink.
And alongside, you will find a 90-litre Thetford fridge with a removable freezer compartment.
The weakest point here is the small washroom, which has no separate shower cubicle.
However, a tambour entrance door saves space, as does the tap which doubles as a showerhead, there is some storage, and a drop-down drying rail (part of the Basic Pack) below the rooflight is a neat touch.
What’s clever about this model, though, is what you’ll find at the rear.
We’re used to seeing fixed transverse double beds in van conversions, but the Sunlight Cliff 601 has double-bed bunks.
Flexibility is key here: if you’re a couple touring alone, you can choose to use one double bed, with the other for storage; or one double bed each; or you could both sleep in the top bunk (accessed by a ladder) and fold away the bottom example.
Clothes storage in the Sunlight Cliff 601 is taken care of by the wardrobe behind the dinette, just in front of the washroom, with a shelved cupboard beneath.
Even with the bottom bunk in place, there’s room below for storage, and plenty of cupboards and cubbies.
Opt for the 3300kg chassis and you get a 435kg payload.
If you want more, go for the 3500kg Fiat light chassis for an additional £530.