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.
Build quality; looks; price; specification
No extractor fan in kitchen; table is awkward to store and use
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Shipping Length||7.40 m|