Unbeatable for value, but loses out to its rivals in too many categories.
Low price; simple but smart appearance; on the road for less than £30,000.
Needs some ‘wow!’ factor; only one engine choice.
This ’van provides safe travel for two but plays the comfort card when it comes to the rear lounge. The Autoquest has a U-shaped living area with a free-standing table, and adjustable reading lamps at each corner.
There’s a fold-up table for a TV set, but blown-air heating is not fitted as standard – which is perhaps taking the cost-paring a touch too far.
The 140’s cooker is a Spinflo with three gas-only rings, and the hob/sink covers are Chinchilla glass, which means they can be used as chopping boards. It also has a slide-out worktop by its fridge (albeit a tad small to be really useful); in addition you get a combined sink and drainer in stainless steel, but only a tiny cutlery drawer.
The washroom is located behind the driver’s seat, and saves space by having a fold-up washbasin over its bench toilet. Storage provision is adequate, including a vanity unit with adjustable shelving.
There is great flexibility on offer here because the layout means you can have either twin 6ft singles or a double bed at the back of the ‘van.
The overcab bed window and reading light are on the offside, which may or may not be the system that works best for your personal tastes. Elddis thoughtfully provides pillow-shaped cushions that can, indeed, be used as pillows. Why don’t all makers do this?
The ladder to the overcab bed is a good touch. It is made from varnished wood, as opposed to metal – much warmer for bare feet – but there is no dedicated storage point for it.
Elddis’s cost-sensitivity is most apparent here, and we have to question the lack of safety catches for the overhead locker doors – especially those that are forward-facing. We know you should only use overhead lockers for light items, but even so…
For underseat access, you have a choice of hinged seat bases and locker doors at the sides. Awkwardly, the seat-base storage has a ratchet system that only lets you close the seat base once you have pushed it open to its furthest point.
|Shipping Length||6.30 m|