Rory WhiteSee other caravan reviews written by Rory White
Abbey has upped the ante with its latest Vogue 2 range. That means more equipment and a more modern look; facets that should appeal to young families looking for a compact five-berth layout.
Pitching and setting up
A buttonless handbrake makes positioning the van a relatively easy task, and that's important as Vogue owners could have anything up to 1485kg to move around.
Inside, the regulator is high and to the back, so it is out of the way.
A big, central Heki rooflight provides ample illumination, backed up by the smart moulded corner lights, and the fixtures and fittings are well made.
The drawers in the central chest are nice and deep, but the top of the chest is of the fold-over, rather than slide-out, variety. Slightly annoying that, particularly as the chest top is one potential place for a TV. At least there are two TV aerial points in the lounge, so you have a choice of location.
The removable drainer is a good way to free-up workspace, especially because it can be used on the worktop or, if you need the space, on the hob’s glass lid. There is only one socket in the kitchen, but because there are another two in the lounge, owners can leave the kettle plugged in all the time.
As well as being very practical and packed with kit, the kitchen looks good. We like the finish of the worktop, and the inclusion of shelves to break up the bank of overhead lockers. There are one or two small niggles though. We'd like to see the cutlery drawer on the outside. It can be annoying having to open the cupboard if you just need to grab a spoon to make tea.
It's a spacious area, and two can move around easily inside. There is plenty of room to move in the shower as well. The wheel arch protrudes into the space, but it has been designed as a shelf for soap and shampoo, which is useful. The lip of the shower tray is quite high and the door is inside the stall. This way it overlaps the lip to keep water from escaping into the dry area.
You do need a swivel-bowl toilet in a side washroom like this. The new electric flush model looks good and the larger, wheeled storage is practical as well. The towel rail, soap dish and loo-roll holder are thoughtfully placed; they are within easy reach when you need them. A solid, domestic-style door completes the picture, and our only complaint is that the mirror is a bit low, but that's been done to accommodate a shelf above it.
Up the front, the bed slats slide out to accommodate the cushions, which fit together snugly to create a firm, but comfortable, support.
The rear dinette houses three large lockers for clothes, while toys and books could go on the shelves so they are easy to access. Bedding and any bulkier items will find a suitable home in the storage below the seats. The front-lounge bedding could easily fit in the storage in the front bed boxes with room to spare.
We have some reservations about the practicality of the layout, but overall this is a great family van. And, at just over £13,000 and laden with equipment, it's good value too.
- Good-looking, well-finished van that has generous levels of standard equipment
- Contemporary yet cosy feel inside
- Good value for money.
- Layout is limited because rear dinette isn't as flexible as an L-shaped lounge
- Shortage of shelving in locker spaces.