Compact, multi-personality camper van makes easy work of outdoor living
Citroën has proven pretty adept at making flashy vans that turn heads at auto shows. But everyone has their superior. German camper specialist Pössl has made the most innovative Citroën SpaceTourer we've seen, and that's a group that includes the recent SpaceTourer 4x4 Ë. Pössl's Campster uses its compact, modular design to tackle weekend and everyday adventures.
Citroën introduced the new SpaceTourer MPV at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, where the company helped pull in show-goers with the blindingly colorful, 4x4-equipped Hyphen version. Pössl became one of the first to dive right in and make a camper van out of it, and it's built a tidy little package. It presented the Campster at the 2016 Düsseldorf Caravan Salon and has been creating buzz at other motorhome expos ever since.
Like many of our favorite camper vans, including the canine-cuddling Dogscamper, the Campster relies upon a floor-integrated rail system to quickly convert between layouts for camping trips, multi-sport adventures, pure cargo hauling and everyday commuting. Standard and available seats and camping furniture can be rearranged, and the Campster can be everything from a crowd-hauling seven-seater, to a four-seat camper, to an open-cabin cargo hauler, to a three- or four-seater with a bike stored inside.
A key to the Campster's versatility is the removable kitchen block mounted to the floor rails. On camping trips, this unit cooks and cleans with its combination of two-burner stove and sink housed below a hinged cover/worktop. The basic water tanks and plumbing are built into the lower cabinet. For people or cargo hauling, or even just more sleeping room at camp, the kitchen can pop out of the van completely, freeing up space on the driver's side. The extra space can be used to slide the included third seat next to the two-seat bench to make the Campster a five-person MPV.
Beyond that, the Campster is a cozy, straightforward camper. The rear bench folds to accommodate the mattress, which teams with the standard mattress in the pop-top roof to create room for four people. A removable table between the two-seat rear bench and swivel front seats gives everyone a place to eat, play and relax. Also included are a 95 Ah battery, dual 220 V outlets and storage.
Campster starting prices range from €37,999 (approx. US$41,000) for the model with 94-hp 1.6-liter BlueHDI engine to €42,599 for the version with 178-hp 2.0-liter BlueHDI S&S engine. There are also mid-level 113- and 148-hp engine options.
The removable two-seat bench and single seat are listed as standard, while the rearmost two-seat bench (for seven-seat configuration) is available as a €1,300 option. Buyers can tack plenty of other options onto the SpaceTourer base vehicle or camper conversion, including sensor-operated electric-sliding doors, a Webasto heater, a 7-in touchscreen infotainment system up front, and driver-assistance technologies.