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Practical Motorhome reviews the four-berth Auto-Trail Cheyenne 660 Lo-Line

Overview

With the 2007 Cheyenne, Auto-Trail has successfully combined the Fiat Ducato cab chassis with a quality British-made body. This vehicle is sure to appeal to buyers looking for a harmonious, luxuriously fitted, competitively priced ‘van.

The Cheyenne sits squarely in the middle of Auto-Trail’s price range and so remains popular, despite not having changed significantly.

Design

Externally, the GRP-clad sidewalls which, like the roof and floors contain generous 35mm insulation, have sweeping graphics echoing the uplifting buffalo horn shape of the new-style cluster headlights.
Also under the floor is the insulated 100-litre fresh water tank which can be supplemented with an optional extra 35 litres. The rear spare wheel compartment contains an unexpected surprise – no spare wheel. Apparently only an air compressor and some gel are supplied with the 2007 model.

On the road

A powerful, cast aluminium, 2.3-litre Iveco turbo-diesel engine sits snugly under the bonnet. Its powerful engine should easily transport the ‘van, but the engine upgrade would provide a more efficient drive. The model tested had a six-speed manual gearbox, but drivers who prefer automatic transmission and rear wheel drive can opt for a Mercedes-Benz base vehicle.
The £799 SE Pack of extras at provides cab air-conditioning and a flip-down colour infra-red reversing camera/TV monitor (see opposite page, top left) as well as a recessed awning, CD/radio player, DVD/MP3 player and a multi channel TV/radio receiver. As there’s dedicated space for a flatscreen TV at the end of the bed and in the living area it seems a shame not to use them. Other extras available are, roof and cycle racks, and roof-mounted air-conditioning. The standard luxurious, fitted carpets can be exchanged for more practical vinyl flooring with removable carpets.
Internally, the cab space is adequate, with usable controls, a neat dash-mounted gear stick and lots of storage pockets. Both the attractively upholstered seats are fully adjustable, and swivel to become part of the living area. We found the visibility from the driver’s seat surprisingly poor; a taller driver’s line of vision is level with the trim at the top.

Lounging & dining

In the living and dining area, two side-facing bench seats with deep-buttoned cushions provide comfortable seating for four: they also have easily accessible storage underneath. Their slatted bases slide out easily to create a double bed.
A small, circular table with a detachable leg is a nice touch at the cab end of one bench, but the larger folding table, stored awkwardly above the cab, is quite heavy and once erected dominates the space between the bench seats. It provides ample room for four diners, though.

Kitchen

The centrally placed caravan door and L-shaped kitchen area divide the interior (pictured below). A decent-sized stainless sink with swivel mixer tap has a separate chopping board and drainer and is set in a large heat-resistant work top with a huge shelved cupboard underneath (pictured below).
A glass-lidded dual fuel hob with three electronically ignited gas burners, and one 230V electric plate combined with a gas grill and separate oven, should delight enthusiastic cooks, but it does lack an extractor fan.
Beneath the oven is a carpeted storage area and next to it sits a slim two-tier slide-out unit. The raised 180-litre fridge has a small freezer compartment.
Above the fridge, a horizontal tambour door reveals another cupboard equipped to take a microwave. The waste bin is well placed beneath the half window of the caravan door, completing this cleverly designed space.

Sleeping

The fixed bed has a deep, well-sprung mattress and only loses a small corner for washroom access. The spacious overhead lockers have effective catches and concealed lighting. The front dining seats make up into a double bed, providing additional sleeping space.

Washroom

The washroom is simple and stylish (below right). A generous corner washbasin, electric-flush swivelling Thetford toilet and a separate shower with screen door are complemented by pleasingly contoured wall and floor cupboards and shelves. However, we would prefer frosted glass rather than the clear window.

Storage

Two slim hanging cupboards, three large drawers and a shelved cupboard offer generous provision for clothes and are neatly angled with the washroom door to provide reasonable floor space.
An easily accessible locker houses gas cylinders 7kg and 13kg. A large under-bed rear storage compartment contains a practical external hot and cold shower head and a gas BBQ point.

Technical specs

Sleeps4
Travel seats2
MTPLM4000kg
Payload750kg
Length7.4m24′3″
Width2.31m7′7″
Height2.97m9′9″
External Options
Awning light
Kitchen Equipment
Dometic Fridge, 3-burner gas with electric hot plate, Oven, Separate grill
Washroom
Thetford C-250 toilet, Separate shower cubicle

Verdict

This Cheyenne would be an excellent choice for a couple spending long periods touring in all seasons – with occasional visitors. At £44,985 it is reasonably priced for the good specification and attractive styling on offer. This ‘van is quintessentially British, from its styling to its floorplan, and despite a few minor niggles, we feel it’s a worthwhile investment.

Conclusion

Pros

  • Build quality; looks; price; specification

Cons

  • No extractor fan in kitchen; table is awkward to store and use
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