This year, Auto-Sleepers, one of Britain’s best-known motorhome brands, marks its 60th anniversary. To celebrate, the Cotswold company has brought out a special edition low-profile, the Auto-Sleeper Broadway EL.
The new vehicle has an anniversary badge on the front grille in place of the Peugeot lion, but this is not an existing ‘van that has been rebadged.
You can tell that by the dimensions. It is 6.63m long, with a lounge that provides sizeable single beds. Yet the rear overhang is still easy to deal with.
The Broadway EL is 7.6cm wider than the standard Peugeot Boxer, at 2.32m That change is designed to open out the lounge and entrance. You really notice the extra width when you step aboard – there’s loads of space to move in.
The rear lounge is extra comfortable, with armrests and corner headrests on the settees. A huge Heki and three windows let in plenty of daylight, and at night there are no fewer than eight spotlights. There’s one touch-sensitive LED in the ceiling, and ambient light above the lockers.
You get a choice of tables here, both stored in the cupboard – a pedestal that’s suitable for snacks for two, and a large foldaway one for bigger parties.
The TV connection points are above a small sideboard at the front, where you’ll also find a wireless charging pad.
Up front, the passenger seat swivels, and a fold-down bar provides a useful table – or even a temporary desk.
The side kitchen is well lit, with a large window, a second Heki, the sunroof over the cab, and two LEDs and a strip light under the overhead locker. Once you pull out the extension flap and lower the mains socket tower, there is adequate work surface. The hob is dual-fuel with four burners, a domestic-style trivet and an extractor fan, and the sink includes a drainer.
You get a microwave up above, next to the overhead locker that houses the crockery rack and Auto-Sleepers’ standard crystal wine glasses.
There are two small lockers under the sink, three drawers and a cupboard with shelves. The pan locker below the oven and grill is relatively large and clear. There is a small locker above the generous 142-litre AES fridge.
Auto-Sleepers has gone to town on the central washroom. This features a swinging partition that you open out to create more room for a separate shower cabinet; the partition is solid and supported on gas struts. The shower tray is so large that it includes three drainage holes. The shower itself is well lit and has good headroom.
The washroom has a solid handbasin with a large mirror, a cupboard and a shelf. There’s also a rooflight here.
The settees make good single beds, but it is easy to turn them into a double with the pull-out platforms. You have to turn the cushions – the kneehole is a bit prominent – and use the armrests as infills, but this makes a huge bed.
The model we saw was a two-berth, although at no extra cost, you can opt for a luton that includes two extra berths. But you will only ever have two travel seats in this ‘van.
Storage is a mixed bag – you can get to the areas under the side settees fairly easily, thanks to slats that rise and stay up, but the offside area is largely taken up with electrics, and the wheel arch protrudes into the nearside. Up above, things are better. The seven overhead lockers in the lounge are a good size and slant forwards, so the doors won’t fly open en route. Auto-Sleepers has cleverly included two corner lights that twist to face into the nearest lockers. There are also two open shelves in the corners.
The wardrobe is fine for the clothes of two, even with the table inside. There is a small cupboard below, as well as two shelves inside the sideboard. Above this you’ll find a very useful bookshelf.
PRACTICAL MOTORHOME SAYS…
Providing, in effect, two lounges in 6.63m of space, this is a very comfortable and stylish motorhome. It also has the best central washroom that we have seen in a long time. The kitchen is a more standard offering and the storage capacity is reasonably limited, but taken altogether, this is a very worthy vehicle with which to celebrate a diamond anniversary.
The Broadway impressed our judging panel at the Practical Motorhome Awards 2022, winning the best motorhome under 7m category, as well as being shortlisted for the best motorhome under £80,000 and best 2 berth motorhome.
The ‘van also appears on our best motorhome round-up, where we pick out the top models on the market.
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This is a very comfortable and stylish motorhome. It also has the best central washroom that we have seen in a long time