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Get the full story on the compact, low-profile Auto-Sleeper Broadway EL in the Practical Motorhome review
There’s a skirt locker on the offside, a neatly recessed awning on the nearside, and a gas locker that unusually stores three 6kg propane cylinders. Even the rear panel is good looking, thanks to high level brake lights and attractive light clusters in its bumper.
Rear corner steadies support the 1.88m overhang on site, and cab and habitation doors are locked remotely with the push of a key fob, which also activates the awning light.
There’s also a clever little valve in the nearside skirt so you can monitor the spare tyre’s pressure.
On the road
Other than a few ’cheeps’ and ’chirrups’, the habitation quarters were broadly well-behaved. All the lounge cushions attach to the walls securely with press studs.
Having the radio controls on the steering wheel, for finger-tip channel changes on long hauls. Cruise control would have been a welcome addition, but this (£164.50) and passenger airbag (£212) are optional extras. Cab aircon would have added a further £823 to the window price.
Lounging & dining
The wrap-around rear lounge is comfortable thanks to arm rests and scatter cushions, and is well illuminated by three generously-sized windows, a Heki rooflight, and an abundance of directional and fixed lighting. There is LED lighting hidden above the overhead lockers, too. A pair of ceiling-mounted speakers do the ‘surround-sound’ job.
Best of all, though, are the drop down storage units (from the underside of the overhead lockers). Reach beneath and behind the lockers to release a catch, which lowers the spring-loaded shelf on runners: a simple but effective mechanism. There’s one each for a flatscreen TV, a drinks cabinet that houses four crystal wine glasses and two wine bottle slots, and a bookshelf.
A freestanding table has its own storage space in the wardrobe, which five diners can eat from in the rear lounge. There’s a second, smaller table, too, which mounts onto a single leg and fits behind the two swivelling cab seats. This is probably better used as an occasional table for one, and makes for a good coffee cup resting place, or somewhere to spread a newspaper.
The sink and drainer have a glass lid, and there’s a neat kitchen roll holder, and waste bin in the door. You can expand food preparation space thanks to the slide-out surface over the fridge, or the smaller hinged flap that extends across the entry doorway.
An optional microwave oven (£75) slots in overhead, and there’s the full complement of Auto-Sleeper crockery in its trademark moulded tray.
The slatted bases slide together, and the two backrests help to fill out the sleeping surface, making a 1.67 x 2.1m double bed.
The chrome detailing in the washroom, including toilet roll holder, towel ring and coat hooks is impressive. There’s a neat, pull-out washing line that allows wet clothes to drip dry. Two ceiling lights, a roof vent and a decent mirror completes the set, although the toiletries locker might be a squeeze on an extended tour for a couple.
Bedding can stash underneath the offside seat via a locker front to the seat box, or in the massive overcab locker, and there's a slide-out drawer under the rear seat bench.
A classy little compact, low-profile, that's well equipped and well made. Ultimately though, it’s an evolution of the Sigma and is unlikely to turn the head of anyone not already swayed by the former model. That said, we were always fans of the Sigma, so why throw out the baby with the bath water?
- Dark interior furniture veneers and chrome detailing ensure the Broadway oozes class
- It’s short on storage, particularly externally accessed lockers.