Sunliner Pinto 412 Review

The 2021 Sunliner Pinto 412 has been designed to meet the demands of the modern motorhomer, in both looks and function. MCD editor Claire Smith reviews.

Sunliner motorhomes are manufactured in Australia and sold here by Road Life RV in Tauranga, owned by Michele and Rhys Hunter. One of the most popular ranges is the Pinto, available in two layouts. For some years it has been built on either an Iveco or Fiat Ducato chassis, but this year it is available on the VW Crafter, with 4Motion AWD and mechanical diff-lock.

4Motion

VW’s 4Motion AWD with diff-lock means you can drive on gravel roads or off-road terrain without missing a beat. It works by allocating power across all four wheels, which prevents wheel spin and locking, while the diff-lock makes starting up and getting out of difficult conditions much easier. You just feel safer, more in control, and more confident about driving off the beaten path.

Sunliner Pinto 4motion
The VW Crafter includes 4Motion AWD with diff-lock

Layout

The Pinto 412 has a drop-down bed over the dinette/lounge up front, a central kitchen and a full-width bathroom at the rear, with separate toilet and shower.

Sunliner Pinto cab
Both cab seats swivel around to face the lounge area

Lounge

As you step inside, to the left is a lovely, roomy lounge/dining set-up with face-to-face settees and a central dining table. A big storage cupboard by the entry door is a handy addition. The settees will comfortably seat three each side, creating a welcoming space for a couple of dining guests. In addition, both the passenger and driver cab seats swivel into the lounge area. The settee squabs are nice and thick, and there are big windows on either side. It’s easy to imagine relaxing with a glass of wine and views of your choice right outside. What better way to top off a day of travel or exploring?

Sunliner Pinto lounge
The lounge includes thick, comfy squabs and a removable table

Sleeping

The bed is a drop-down that sits unobtrusively over the lounge area by day and is electrically lowered at the push of a button at bedtime. It’s a quick and easy process – just remove the back squabs of the settees, pop the table down and in an instant the lounge becomes the bedroom.

The east-west bed is very roomy, measuring about 1.37 metres by 1.87 metres. The lounge windows become bedroom windows, so you can enjoy a little stargazing as you drift off, or watch the sunrise from bed in the morning.

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Sunliner Pinto bedroom
The dropdown bed is easily deployed at the push of a button

Kitchen

The kitchen is compact but very functional, with a Thetford Triplex oven and a three-burner gas hob. There’s good ventilation via a window behind the hobs and an Xpelair unit above. Alongside the hob is a big sink – very stylish in black, with a matching mixer tap.

Sunliner Pinto microwave
A microwave is included as standard

The sink has a glass cover and the hob has a Formica cover for extra bench space when needed. There’s a good amount of storage – three large drawers under the sink for cutlery and cookware, and another under the oven for big pots and pans. Opposite the bench is a lovely big Thetford 190L 3-way fridge/freezer – enough to hold a week’s worth of shopping. Above that is a microwave with a cupboard above, and for additional storage there are two lockers over the bench.

Sunliner pinto kitchen
Black tapware and handles throughout create a contemporary look and feel

Bathroom

At 6.7 metres long, the Pinto 412 can be described as a compact motorhome, which often means the bathroom is an all-in-one ‘hold your elbows in’ kind of space. But not so in this model. The bathroom runs the full width at the rear, with a separate enclosed shower to the left, the toilet to the right, and a vanity in-between.


Sunliner Pinto bathroom
The bathroom has plenty of cupboards for storing all those essentials

As in the kitchen, the fittings are black, and the look and feel is all about quality, comfort and class. Everything has been thought of – lots of storage, towel and hand towel rails, and good lighting. Forget about campground ablutions, this bathroom has privacy, room to move and good storage to keep all your items close at hand.

Sunliner Pinto shower
The separate shower is full-sized with a slide-handle

Lighting & heating

Like all Sunliner models, the Pinto has LED lighting throughout, with options to switch between brighter functional lighting and a softer, more ambient effect.

To keep you warm in winter and cool in summer, the windows are double glazed and include fly screens and thermal blackout blinds. Air-conditioning is available, but with those large, top-hinged windows that open fully, it’s unlikely you’ll need it. With the Webasto diesel heater, your winter travels will be super snug.

Exterior

The exterior is just that little bit different from most motorhomes, with accents of grey and black for a more modern look. The black fibreglass bumpers are solidly handsome, and in the event of damage, you can remove and replace them without too much fuss. A nice touch is the backlit Sunliner logo, illuminated in soft green.

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An electric awning is included as standard – it’s big yet very easy to extend at the push of a button. Once it’s set up, you can bring out the BBQ and connect it using the external gas bayonet. And to really set the scene, the Pinto has external speakers so you can enjoy your favourite music outside while you have dinner.

Sunliner Pinto exterior
The electric awning pops out easily to create an outdoor dining/relaxing space

There’s a good amount of external storage, with a lined ‘wet’ locker for safe storage of any wet gear, plus another generous locker at the rear that includes shelves and LED lighting. A very handy addition is the hot/cold external shower – ideal for rinsing off sandy feet before heading inside.

Standard inclusions

The Pinto 412 comes complete with two house batteries, two 160W solar panels, a 1000W inverter, Fusion Stereo, 19.5-inch TV, automatic satellite dish, electric awning, diesel heater and microwave.

Summary

The Pinto 412 strikes me as the ideal motorhome for a couple who love exploring on long weekends. It’s stylish and modern inside and out, and at 6.7 metres, is big enough for relaxing in, but small enough to park easily at the supermarket. The big bathroom is a definite bonus, and the 4Motion AWD makes driving very enjoyable.

Sunliner Pinto 412 Floorplan
Sunliner Pinto 412 Floorplan

Pros

  • 4Motion AWD and compact 6.7-metre build make driving easy for even the most inexperienced RVer
  • The big bathroom means no need for crowded campground ablutions
  • Smart black fittings and handsome exterior

Cons

  • The bench space is limited, but the glass hob and sink covers offer extra space as needed

 

Sunliner Pinto 412 Specifications

 

Chassis

VW Crafter

Engine

2L dual turbo diesel

Transmission

8-speed auto

Berths

2

Seatbelts

3

External length/width/height

6700mm/2300mm/3200mm

Water tanks (fresh/grey)

150L/100L

Gas tanks

2 x 4kg

GVM

4000kg

Tare

3560kg

Payload

440kg

Price as reviewed: $198,900 incl all on-road costs

For more information, visit roadlife.co.nz.

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