Discerning touring couples who don’t prize fixed beds will find much to like in the revised Auto-Trail Tracker RS.
The extra length takes the ’van away from the 6m threshold, but delivers 6ft-long single beds, a larger washroom and an L-shaped kitchen – plus the latest, more fuel-efficient engine. What’s not to like?
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The sofas and make-up double are bigger than before
The shower is larger than previously
The revised kitchen’s design is very user-friendly
It’s now nearly 7m long
Originally conceived as an affordable range of compact motorhomes, Auto-Trail Tracker has over the years evolved to sit neatly in the mid-market segment of the brand’s coachbuilt portfolio.
And this status was cemented a couple of seasons ago with the launch of the entry level Imala, which brought lower weights and lower prices into the Auto-Trail offer.
For 2017, Tracker gets a targeted rework to keep it fresh and competitive. The RS carries a tried-and-tested floor plan – parallel lounge/end-washroom – but it has been stretched by 0.84m so it now breaks the tape at 6.94m.
Auto-Trail’s aims were to increase the size of the make-up double bed in the lounge, grow the shower compartment and to improve ergonomics in the kitchen by adding an L-shaped work top.
Other changes see more spacious overhead lockers in the lounge, facilitated by moving the nearside awning up to sit at the edge of the rooflline, and a smart new moulded GRP rear panel.
Discerning touring couples who don’t prize fixed beds will find much to like in this revised ’van
In typical configuration, the 2017 Auto-Trail Tracker RS sports a parallel lounge that can seat four people, or six if the cab seats are rotated (a Half Dinette option with two travel seats costs £825).
The lounge has a large window on either side, plus a central rooflight, and in Lo-Line flavour, benefits from a panoramic overcab skylight. LED lighting is available as a backup, in addition to the over-locker ambient lighting.
The offside kitchen is now boosted by an L-shaped worktop, which has been created by moving the fridge to the other side of the ’van, where it has been resized to an on-trend ‘skinny’ unit which slots neatly between the wardrobe and the washroom.
Kitchen kit comprises dual-fuel hobs, a separate oven and grill, a rooflight extractor fan and a microwave oven. We’d have liked to have seen more than one 230V socket above the worktop.
The washroom has also grown, with a large shower compartment in the offside rear corner. Opposite this is a cupboard and vanity unit with sink, with a swivelling cassette toilet in between under a clear rear window.
The clear beneficiary of the increase in body length of 0.84m has been the offside lounge seat, which now offers 6ft of length if used as a single bed (the nearside bench is around 5ft).
Making up the double bed is straightforward, as sliding slats extend easily into the middle of the gangway ready to receive the rearranged cushions.
Concertina blinds fitted to the windscreen and cab door windows create ideal blackout conditions for a restful night’s sleep.
The 2017 Auto-Trail Tracker RS has plenty of places to fit touring kit. This includes 10 overhead lockers and uninterrupted space in the offside lounge seat box, which is accessible from outside the vehicle. The nearside seat box loses some space to the gas bottle compartment.
Outside, a vertical storage locker is sited in the nearside rear corner, with a folding shelf to accommodate taller items.
Other storage provision comprises a wide wardrobe opposite the kitchen, and under-sink pot and pan storage.
|Shipping Length||6.94 m|