Production models of the Rhythm have colour-matched bumpers, which helps its incredibly clean-looking lines. There are few protrusions from its sidewalls – Autocruise has done away with the gas locker by providing an underslung LPG tank. There’s not even an externally accessed Thetford locker – it's inside the ’van. It looks great from the outside but means having to remove the cassette from inside – what if it spills on the carpet? A bonus is the Truma Ultraflow water filter, which incorporates an external shower point.
Inside, the look is arresting. The grey upholstery theme is carried through to areas of the wall panels, but the Rhythm's sidewalls are moulded plastic, and it even has wood-veneer windowsills. Aircraft-style overhead lockers complete the look.
On the road
The Warwick is based on the long-wheelbase Peugeot Boxer van with steel high-top. It's fitted with the 2.2-litre HDi 120bhp engine, although our test ’van came with the 3.0-litre 160bhp unit (a £1350 optional extra).
The cab seats are height- and tilt-adjustable, and both have twin armrests. The Boxer’s steering-wheel radio controls are a handy touch, but we did have problems with the driving position. The table has a dedicated mounting point on the washroom bulkhead behind the driver's seat, and this encroaches on legroom. Our tester complained that he was driving with his knees up to his chin.
Lounging & dining
The Rhythm misses a trick by not having a U-shaped lounge conversion option, as many of its rivals do. The table needs to be wrested from its mount behind the cab seat, which is no easy task. The sofas offer comfy knee rolls, so it’s a squeeze to get your legs under the 67cm-high table, but there are plenty of scatter and end cushions to pamper yourself with.
The kitchen area has an extendable section that houses the sink, so when it slides out you have a worksurface between the hob and the sink. The worktop has attractive, marble-look detailing but it can’t match the level of equipment of some similar ’vans, with only a three-burner hob and combined oven and grill. There are moulded, wooden crockery bases in an overhead locker, and a Waeco fridge freezer across the galley.
We measured our prototype’s bed at 182cm by 190cm. The slatted bases pull out on support legs but the knee-roll cushions mean it’s not the flattest sleeping surface. In production models you should find integrated Remis windscreen blinds for the front window, and press-studded curtains for the side windows.
The Rhythm’s washroom is quite spacious (115 x 65cm at its widest), boasting three spotlights and two shower-head fixtures with a shower curtain. There's also a tip-up basin and a Thetford bench cassette toilet.
Storage room is at a premium but there is good access to the under-sofa spaces via locker door flaps on the bed boxes. Four overhead lockers on either side swallow lighter gear.
Waeco Compressor Fridge, 3-burner gas hob, Combined Oven/Grill, Extractor fan
An innovative ’van with some neat touches, and lovely to look at, but slightly flawed.