Andrew McPhee

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Get up to speed on the Autocruise Tempo with the expert review from Practical Motorhome

Design

The Tempo is part of the growing trend in the motorhome market towards panel van conversions. It is based on the Peugeot Boxer and comes with two engine options, the 120bhp and 157bhp versions. Our review model had the smaller engine.

The silver styling and decals certainly make the Tempo stand out, while the colour-matched bumpers and black panelling around the windows give it a sporty look. Ours came without Autocruise’s Comfort Pack, which includes cab air-conditioning, cruise control and alloy wheels. But it did have a roll-out awning, a £695 option.

The step beneath the rear doors is fixed, while the sliding door has an electric version. The rear doors open onto the gangway and allow access to a cupboard and the toilet cassette.

This being a van conversion, the wing mirrors are close to the body, which makes it hard to see the blind-spot mirror because it is partially obscured by black edging around the window. It's surprising that Peugeot (along with Fiat and Citroën) have not yet picked up on this problem.

The 66-litre fresh-water and 55-litre waste-water tanks are housed beneath the ’van and an external shower point is also provided.

On the road

The six-speed gearbox is responsive and helps the 2.2-litre engine pull well through fourth and fifth gears, and cruise comfortably in sixth without the need to change down at the first hint of deceleration. It copes well with steep inclines. The cab has a CD/radio player with steering wheel controls, and a trip computer with detailed readout.

The headrest on the rear travel seat is only fixed to the wall by one popper stud, so has a habit of falling to the floor under braking, taking the seat cushion with it. After a while, we got fed up with this and took to storing it in a cupboard while in transit.

Lounging & dining

The bench seat on the driver’s side, and the travel seat opposite, make a comfortable lounge for two. The travel seat has a cutout for its seat-belt buckle and a filler cushion plugs this space when the seat is in bed mode.

When swivelled, the passenger seat sits above the 12cm step down from the cab to living area so even the tallest among us may be left with their legs dangling off the floor.

The foldaway dining table fits into the space in front of 
the travel seat and could accommodate up to three diners. When not in use, it is stored inside the wardrobe.

The living area feels airy during the day thanks to two large rooflights: one above the kitchen and another over the dinette. At night, directional spotlights beneath the overhead lockers shed plenty of light around the area.

There are three mains power and two 12V sockets and, unusually for a motorhome of this size, two TV aerial points. The control panel is mounted on the wall behind the sofa.

Kitchen

The Tempo has a spacious kitchen. There is plenty of worktop space (56cm and 48cm either side of the sink) and the sink’s glass cover doubles as a chopping board.

There are also plenty of storage cupboards. One overhead locker has a dedicated shelf cutout for cups and mugs, while beneath the sink is a cutlery drawer and cupboard with another, larger cupboard next to it. This latter houses the water heater and has a bin on the inside of its door.

Appliances consist of a combined oven/grill with three-burner hob, and a large 81-litre Dometic fridge/freezer.

Sleeping

There are two bed options in the Tempo. The lounge area can be converted into either two singles (each 1.88m long) or one large, square double bed.

It's easy to make up the double: just pull a lever to slide the offside seat base towards the middle of the ’van then drop the backrest cushions into place. The cushions are hard-backed so they fit neatly into their frames and are held firmly in place.

Washroom

The only daylight to come into the washroom is through the small (non-opening) rooflight and it’s just about adequate. On darker days you would need to turn on the two wall-mounted spotlights.

The room feels spacious enough. There is a foldaway sink above the loo and a separate shower unit. On our test model, the shower curtain runner was hindered by the flyscreen over the rooflight, which had to be unclipped before a shower. Also, we would have preferred a duckboard to the carpet mat provided.

Storage

The Tempo's generous maximum payload of 680kg should prove adequate for two people on tour. There’s no garage but there are plenty of overhead lockers, which run the length of the motorhome, and enough kitchen cupboards in which to store essentials.

The wardrobe has plenty of hanging space and is quite deep, so items such as water hoses, levelling blocks and hook-up cable can be kept here.

The cab has lots of pockets and cubbyholes for maps and miscellaneous items.

Technical specs

Sleeps2
Travel seats3
MTPLM3500kg
Payload680kg
Length6.19m20′4″
Width2.25m7′5″
Height2.25m7′5″
Waste water50L
External Options
Electric step
Kitchen Equipment
Dometic Fridge, 3-burner gas hob, Combined Oven/Grill
Washroom
Thetford C-250 toilet
Heating
Truma Gas Blown air heater

Verdict

A versatile vehicle for a couple on tour – everything feels solidly built and of high quality.

Conclusion

Pros

  • Airy, comfortable living area; lots of cupboard space; large double bed is easy to make up.

Cons

  • No garage; little natural light in washroom.
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