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Read Practical Motorhome's review of the Autocruise Pace
Our Pace test ’van has a fixed, rear step for easier access through the rear doors, but it does add a few extra inches to your overall length.
It sensibly sites its water inlet, hook up point and Thetford locker on the offside, away from the entry door, outside which summer lounging will most likely take place. There's an easy-to-reach mid-mounted waste-water drain valve, although it extends far enough out to be threatened by high kerbs.
On the road
Lounging & dining
When the side doors are opened, the table can be unclipped from the lounge and placed on railings located behind the kitchen unit, allowing it to be used for al fresco cooking and dining. There's a roof light and a large window next to the half-dinette, meaning that the lounge is well-lit during the day. The Pace also has a light fixture and single, swivel spotlight.
Clever touches include a bottle opener in the rear of the kitchen unit for outdoor use, and a pair of sturdy coat hooks to the left of the side door.
The Pace uses a smaller kitchen unit, which makes it easier for the cook to move around and get things out of the oven, but there is less workspace and less room for pots and pans on the two-burner hob (which has no electronic ignition). However, the workspace issue is mitigated by a handy fold-up worktop extension on the side of the kitchen, and since this is a ’van for two it’s unlikely that you’ll need to cook for more people than that very often.
A small fridge-freezer unit is located under the wardrobe.
While this two-fold design is better from the point of view of storage, it also means that the bed is likely to be less comfortable than mattresses with only one fold because the folding points can often be annoying to sleep on as they don't provide the same levels of support as the rest of the mattress.
Having said that, the Pace has a good lighting arrangement in the bedroom area, using two swivelling spotlights and a ceiling light fixture that is conveniently operated by a switch located near the head of the bed.
There is a roof light in the bedroom area, too, together with an all-important power socket, allowing you to charge your mobile phone nearby while you sleep, for instance.
The dinette makes up into a single bed, which is generally fine for youths but on the short side for adults. It measures 169cm long and just 92cm at its widest point. The only saving grace is that it's very easy to make up.
The Pace's small washroom is almost a joint shower-toilet cubicle, using a curtain to divide the two spaces. The foot space for the toilet is the shower stall floor, meaning that the floor may still be wet when you want to make use of the toilet.
The problem with this design is that when raised, the bed blocks access to the offside overhead lockers in the bedroom area. The Pace solves this problem by using a twin-fold mattress design (mentioned earlier) so that the area of the bed base which gets lifted is smaller and does not block the lockers. The downside of this is a narrower load area, but the Pace makes up for it by having a profusion of useful lockers built into the bed base.
There are useful partition sections that can be popped into place to keep luggage from sliding towards the front of the vehicle when on the move.
The wardrobe is above the fridge, and is shallow but usable. There are also little cubby holes in the floor, under the lounge table.
There are four overhead lockers in the rear and two above the half-dinette, with doors held in place by metal struts.
2-burner gas hob, Separate grill
The Pace stands out from the opposition with its clever design, attractive interior, decent level of equipment and sensible price.
- Spacious kitchen; user-friendly washroom; anchor points in rear storage area
- Small rear double bed; inconvenient gas locker