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Read the Practical Motorhome Autocruise Jazz review to find out if this 'van hits all the right notes
Improvements to the van-conversion range for the 2010 season include re-shaped overhead lockers and LED lighting throughout. A waste bin is now fitted as standard, and there are two mains sockets in the kitchen and an insulated fresh water tank.
On the road
The model tested here is on the MWB Ducato, is powered by the 2.2-litre 100 MultiJet engine as standard and is allied to a five-speed manual transmission. This represents more than enough guts for a ’van of these proportions.
On the road, the MWB doesn’t quite have the same stability in corners and crosswinds as a LWB version simply because of its smaller footprint, but it has a gutsy engine and a good gearbox, with sensible ratios. There’s limited through-vision from the driver’s seat, via the small window above the kitchen unit. Cab and living quarters are lockable from a single, remote key fob.
It’s the passengers in the Jazz who get spoiled, though. Up front, a passenger air bag is now fitted as standard. Further back, Autocruise has opted for a two seater, crash-tested RIB seat, which is light years ahead of the usual deep seat squabs and upright backrests. The seat back rotates through 90 degrees to double as the bed base, and in transit is gently reclined for comfort.
Lounging & dining
As in its sister ’van, the Pace, the lounge floor in the Jazz is raised, ensuring the passenger seats are level with the cab seats, which is a major boon at mealtimes and when entertaining guests. It means that with both cab seats swivelled, the occupants won’t find their legs dangling.
One of the unusual, but rather classy, styling quirks across the Autocruise’s van conversion range – introduced prior to the buyout by Swift Holdings and thankfully continued – is the wood-look window ‘ledge’ to the lounge windows.
Two circular ceiling lights, a rooflight over the lounge, a directional spotlight over the half-dinette and spots over the cab seats make this a well-illuminated ’van, day or night.
Two ceiling speakers pipe music into the living quarters from the cab CD/radio player. A slide-out TV cupboard has its own space above the RIB seats, and has an extending mounting bracket for a 15in flatscreen TV that is good for viewing from both cab seats.
The dining table stows in the overcab locker while you’re in transit, and clips onto a wall-mounted rail when in use. With both cab seats swivelled it’s a perfectly serviceable half-dinette.
The electric control panel, which is positioned over the sliding door, is also very simple and intuitive to use.
A three-burner hob, separate oven and grill, and Waeco 72-litre fridge/freezer are set up in an L-shape, all beneath a sink with lid and drainer. A rather meagre striplight illuminates the latter, and there’s no dedicated extractor fan. Kitchen storage is ample, and includes a chrome-finish crockery rack.
With the standard mirrored vanity cupboard, it’s a minimal and basic washroom, but offers enough leg room for comfort while seated at the swivel bowl Thetford. As such, it’s a serviceable and usable solution in a compact space.
The Autocruise Jazz is a sound, well-designed and thoughtfully assembled van conversion. It’s easy to drive thanks to its compact, MWB proportions, and it’s easy to drive and to live-in and use, both day and night.
- The Jazz is a sound, well-designed van conversion
- It's easy to drive and to live in.
- Interior lighting is a little pallid and the make-up bed could be a little bigger.