Share with friends

Read Practical Motorhome's expert review of the Ace Capri

Design

Unfortunately, the Ace’s matt black bumper gives the vehicle the look of a van rather than a luxury motorhome. For security, there are single deadlocks on the doors (some more expensive rivals have double deadlocks). It was good to see a smoke alarms and fire extinguisher fitted to all our test ‘vans. You get an electric step and awning light.

On the road

The Capri is on the rather old but trusty Fiat Ducato chassis cab, with a 2.0-litre JTD common-rail diesel engine.
You get electric windows and mirrors, but not remote central locking or air conditioning, and you have to make do with steel wheels.
Because it is a two-berth motorhome with sideways-facing rear seats, there are no extra seatbelts fitted – the only belted seats are those in the cabs.

Lounging & dining

Designed for two people only, there is plenty of lounge space, thanks to wide, open, sideways-facing seats. The fabrics are attractive and hard-wearing, and removable carpets are fitted as standard (in the cab, too) with easy-clean vinyl flooring beneath. The interior is well equipped with lights, both spots and fluorescents, and the quality of the wooden cabinets is high. There’s a drinks cabinet, too.
In the front, there are swivelling front seats to provide extra lounge space.
There’s a surfeit of scatter and bolster cushions. You get three 240V sockets as well as 12V and TV aerial sockets, and even audio-visual outputs for a DVD player. The overcab area is relatively open and offers excellent access to the cab area.

Kitchen

You get a 96-litre Dometic fridge, and a Stoves cooker with three-burner hob and an 800W electric hob plate. It offers a decent grill and large oven. However, venting is a bit of a problem – the nearest is in the bathroom and it’s also a shame that at least one of the nearby lights is not positioned over the hob.
Workspace is poor, too. Instead of a built-in drainer, it has a plastic extension that fits over the worksurface, robbing you of somewhere to chop if you need to have dishes draining. The sink is round and elegant, but our preference is always for the more rectangular sink because many more dishes can usefully be fitted in.
An optional extra fitted to our test ‘van was an 800W microwave oven, in its own cabinet located at eye level above the cooker. Trouble was, it took up storage space, and the ’van already suffered from a lack of decent kitchen storage.

Sleeping

Bed-making is simple and the bed is a decent size, with strong slatted-wood bases to ensure that plenty of air circulates underneath, thereby allowing the bases to remain free of condensation. A generous mattress depth of six inches ensures that the bed is firm but comfortable.
To make up the bed, you just pull the bed extension away from the lounge seats and then allow the upright cushions to fall down naturally. You finish off by adding an extra folding cushion to fill a gap. With the bed in place, however, it is awkward to get through to the rear cabin.
To keep the light out, there’s a cassette blind on the windscreen with curtains at the side.

Washroom

The Ace has a small washroom tucked into the rear corner of the ‘van – functional and practical, but not beautiful. It suffers from a lack of natural light, apart from that coming through the roof vent. The washroom is equipped with a Thetford swivel cassette toilet with electric flush.
Although the Capri offers the benefit of a separate shower, you create it by pulling the plastic sink away from the wall to make a shower compartment that’s really pretty tight. The sink tap head doubles as the shower head.
There is no storage space in the washroom.

Storage

The Ace offers plenty of space and nice, deep doors through which to push bedding. The modern-looking cupboard handles are a refreshing change from the standard door catches fitted to many other competitors.
Under-seat storage is fair, with external access to the seat base on the nearside. Also outside is a roof rack to simplify the fitting of a roof box, although to do so would defeat the point of buying a low-profile motorhome in the first place.

Technical specs

Sleeps2
Travel seats2
Payload315kg
MTPLM3000kg
Length5.59m18′4″
Width2.22m7′3″
Height2.94m9′8″
Waste water62L

Verdict

A competitively priced, well-built motorhome that is let down by the shortage of kitchen storage space and worksurface area.

Conclusion

Pros

  • Excellent price and a sensible size for two

Cons

  • Small washroom has a convoluted shower arrangement

Andrew McPhee

See other motorhome reviews written by Andrew McPhee
Share with friends

Recommended for you

Follow us on

Explore the range

Most recent motorhome reviews

GM Coachwork Panorama - The GM Coachwork Panorama elevating-roof camper is a prototype van conversion designed for people with disabilities (© Practical Motorhome)

Swift Esprit 494

£47,895OTR

Swift Esprit 494 exterior - There's plenty to love about the 2015 Swift Esprit 494, including its new body, transverse bed and wallet-friendly price, but will it win over the buyers? (© Phil Russell/Practical Motorhome)
The Practical Motorhome Adria Twin 640 SPX review 1 - With the extra long Fiat Ducato as its base, the 2014 Adria Twin 640 SPX gets much appreciated additional room inside (© Gentleman Jack/Practical Motorhome)

Swift Escape 696

£41,095OTR

The Practical Motorhome Swift Escape 696 review 1 - The Swift Escape 696 has room for six people to relax in comfort – read more in the Practical Motorhome review (© Bob Atkins/Practical Motorhome)
The Practical Motorhome Roller Team Zefiro 690G review 1 - This entry-level 'van feels anything but, as the Practical Motorhome Roller Team Zefiro 690G review reveals (© Tim Andrew/Practical Motorhome)
The Practical Motorhome Bailey Approach Autograph 765 review 1 - Get the full story on the innovative Bailey Approach Autograph 765 in the expert review from Practical Motorhome (© Phil Russell/Practical Motorhome)

Recommended for you