THE ELDDIS AUTOQUEST range of low-profiles has an improved specification
for 2014, and new layouts that will be revealed on its motorhome stand at The Motorhome and Caravan Show (15-20 October, Birmingham’s NEC).
Built on the standard Peugeot Boxer 2.2 130 bhp HDi Turbo Diesel chassis, the Autoquest is a popular motorhome with a Euro 5 low-emission engine and six-speed gearbox. Prices start from £34,649 on the road.
Key features we like include the GRP underskin to the motorhome floor, designed to repel water ingress.The 4kW Whale space-saving heating runs on gas or electric hook-up and has a quiet setting so you can run it at night. The LED spotlights gently illuminate high-level lockers and save 80 per cent of your battery compared to normal spots. The fixed beds are now up to 6’4″ long. The fridges have removable freezer units. Finally, there are up to six 240V plug sockets to choose from!
Here’s the range in detail.
Elddis Autoquest models for 2014
Elddis Autoquest 115
The smallest in the range, this model is based on the Boxer with the 110bhp engine and has the 2kW gas or electric Whale heater rather than 3kW. Apart from these small compromises, it lives up to the rest of the range, with swivelling cab seats, granite-effect worktops and a domestic-sized oven.
Elddis Autoquest 140
This two-berth starts at £36,749 on the road and offers a rear U-shape lounge that converts into a generous double bed. It’s a very practical and comfortable layout. The walnut-effect locker doors are gently curved and have positive locking catches. Amidships the washroom is behind the driver’s cab seat and the kitchen is opposite. Behind the passenger cab seat is the habitation door.
Elddis Autoquest 145
Thanks to its hi-line overcab, this four-berth really does have room for a family. Two can sleep above the swivelling cab seats and there’s a folding table for the rear passengers to use while belted into their travelling seats, or as a mini front dinette on-site. The kitchen, bathroom and wardrobe are amidships. There’s a U-shaped rear lounge/dinette that converts to a double bed taking up the rear of the ‘van.
Elddis Autoquest 155
This is a four-berth, with four belted travelling seats. With the front cab seats swivelled and the dining table extended, that front dinette is surprisingly comfortable, despite being compact. Where this model really scores is with its luxurious fixed bed (1.92 x 1.35m/ 6’4″ x 5’5″) tucked into the nearside rear corner of the ‘van. Right next door is the washroom in the offside rear corner. Amidships is the wardrobe facing the kitchen. Behind the cab are two facing sofas that you can convert into a double bed (2 x 1.3m/ 6’10” x 4’3″). The Autoquest 155 is 7.2m (23’8″) long.
Elddis Autoquest 165
This four-berth motorhome has a fixed rear corner bed (1.9 x 1.35m/ 6’4″ x 4’5″) next to a rear corner washroom, plus a spacious front lounge/dinette that turns into another double bed (2 x 1.24m/ 6’10” x 4’1″). In the middle is a kitchen opposite a wardrobe. It costs from £38,849 on the road. Externally the Autoquest 165 is also 7.2m (23’8″) long.
Elddis Autoquest 175
The bathroom is the star turn in the Autoquest 175, because it occupies the entire rear end of the ‘van and has a separate shower cubicle, a dressing area and storage. The twin-facing-sofa lounge is up front, being enhanced by the swivelling cab seats. Those two sofas turn into a double bed (2×1.3m/ 6’10” x 4’3″) or two single beds (1.9 x 7m/ 6’3″ x 2’3″). The kitchen is opposite the wardrobe, amidships. This two-berth costs from £38,349 on the road.
Elddis Autoquest 180
This six-berth offers astonishingly good value for money at £39,349 on the road. The space-efficient layout features a rear U-shaped lounge/dinette that turns into a comfortable double bed (2 x 1.36m/ 6’10” x 4’5″). The washroom faces the wardrobe amidships. Then there’s a front dinette/bed (2 x 1.3m/ 6’8″ x 4’4″) and a side dinette/bed (1.9 x 1.24m/6’5″ x 4′). Behind the passenger seat is the kitchen. This model has a 70L fresh water tank, not the 90L of the others, and its cab seats don’t swivel. It’s amazing what you can fit in a ‘van 7.2m/ 23’8″ long.
Elddis Autoquest 195
This four-berth model is brand new for the 2014 season and costs £38,349 on the road. There’s a front dinette behind the cab, which turns into a double bed 1.23 x 2m (4’x6’10), a U-shaped rear lounge that turns into a huge rear double bed at 1.83 x 2m (6′ x 6’10”). Amidships are the bathroom and kitchen.
Kate Taylor, Practical Motorhome