Andrew McPhee

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Practical Motorhome reviews the 2007 Auto-Sleeper Nuevo

Design

What’s immediately apparent when looking at this ’vans is how pleasing it is to the eye, although aesthetic preference is purely subjective. The coachbuilt body is so well integrated with the cab that you can’t fault its production.
In terms of exterior specification, it has easily accessible exterior storage lockers with a gas locker located around waist height.
A roof rack and ladder is available as an option, unlike many competitors. Indeed, its standard exterior specification surpasses most rivals’. For instance, there’s a handy light below the middle of the recessed awning as well as sturdy running boards along either side of the cab (below the doors) which aid entry and exit. The recessed awning is also expertly crafted and fits flush to the offside.

On the road

The Nuevo is built on the Peugeot Boxer Boxers and has a 2.2-litre HDi engine. The engine’s smooth and torquey, but rivals built on Fiat Ducatos get around another 30bhp with their larger 2.3-litre engines.
The cab is highly-specified and benefits from plenty of storage with deep door pockets, a large nearside glove box and a central glove box below the stereo unit, which is big enough to house a laptop PC. It also has ABS, captains’ swivel chairs, a driver’s airbag, cab carpets and a CD/radio player.
Unfortunately, the Nuevo suffers from lack of dedicated blinds in the cab. Instead, it has curtains, which are not as adept at blocking out draughts. Other drawbacks include the seating position, which is a little too high in all the Boxer/Ducato-based motorhomes, but the Nuevo literally takes it to new levels. Its seats are a few centimetres higher than most rivals’, further impeding vision through the windscreen.

Lounging & dining

Auto-Sleepers has provided an end-kitchen arrangement with the habitation door at the rear nearside. While this creates a nice end-kitchen layout, freeing up more space in the lounge, it makes entering the motorhome a bit tight, and moving around the kitchen is awkward if more than two people are on board.
Kitchen space feels limited. The interior is helped, though, by the abundance of roof lights and windows which combine to flood the ‘van with natural light and so make it feel more spacious than it is.
With the floorplan of the ’van focused on providing a comfortable lounge spaces, it’s no surprise that it’s better equipped for lounging than dining. There’s room for four to dine at a freestanding table, and room for four to lounge on the facing sofa, or six with the cab seats swivelled.
A Beko flatscreen TV, fitted on an adjustable arm, is standard – it sits above the worksurface on the nearside.

Kitchen

Being British, an oven and grill is standard. It also has a three-burner hob with one electric hotplate and adjustable mixer tap in the sink and a bin built into the habitation doors. There’s also a splashguard by the hob.
One of the Nuevo’s best features is the recessed metal drainer which is part of the sink unit. Unlike the flimsy plastic drainers present in many ‘vans, this one does the job and needn’t be dried after use. Extra work surface comes from popping a glass cover over the sink.
The main section of work surface is above the 86-litre Dometic fridge and has an extra slide-out section. The slide-out adds 52 x 47cm to the existing 63 x 51cm worksurface, which is handy, although when pulled out nobody can walk past it.

Sleeping

The lounge doubles as the sleeping space, so the facing sofas can be used as two single beds, or assembled to make one double bed.
The assembly mechanism in the Auto-Sleeper is beautifully simple: simply depress two black buttons and the sofa bases and backs collapse. The cushions fit perfectly and the bed assembles in ten seconds. It has its drawbacks, though: the sofa cushions have boards built into their backs so that they can slide into place, but it means that there’s no slatted base, so condensation could be a problem. Also, because the Nuevo is shorter than some rivals, the bed is shorter because the offside wardrobe cuts into it. Still, the double bed stretches across the width of the vehicle to easily accommodate people who are more than six feet tall.

Washroom

The washroom features a movable wall that swings out to form one of the shower doors, which also has the sink and cupboard attached. Another door swings out from the wall opposite to section off the shower.
The shower has a large head and a refillable, pump-action soap dispenser on the shower wall, which can also be accessed when washing your hands in the sink. Other nice features include a door through to the motorhome’s main cupboard which enables you to get to your clothes, and a recessed pocket in the back of the swing-out wall, which holds toiletries.

Storage

There’s plenty of interior storage space but exterior storage is a little lacking. Still, there are two nearside exterior lockers (one a wet locker), and supports to hold up the sofa bases. However, the exterior locker is only 30cm deep and the narrow opening under the sofas makes loading bulky gear a struggle.
Inside, there are four lockers on either side of the lounge and a main offside wardrobe which is tall enough for hanging suits and dresses.

Technical specs

Sleeps2
Travel seats2
MTPLM3500kg
Payload520kg
Length5.63m18′6″
Width2.69m8′10″
Height2.82m9′3″
Waste water38L
External Options
GRP sidewalls, Awning light, Electric step
Kitchen Equipment
Dometic Fridge, 3-burner gas with electric hot plate, Oven, Separate grill
Washroom
Thetford C-250 toilet
Heating
Truma Gas/Electric heater, Truma Electric/Gas water heater

Verdict

Great standard specification, attractive inside and out but probably a little too small for long-term touring.

Conclusion

Pros

  • Good standard specification
  • Large washroom for size of ‘van.

Cons

  • Small sofas and bed
  • Expensive for size
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