Check out the Practical Motorhome review of the Autocruise Starfire, an entry-level low-profile coachbuilt from the Swift Group
It’s clear that the Star range borrows heavily from the design of the Swift Sundance, re-launched earlier this year: the low-profile mould and shapely rear panel are shared. However, the silver cab and bold red graphics give the range a real point of difference from the Sundance and Bessacarr E400 siblings.
On the road
All models in the star range are powered by the 100HDi turbodiesel engine with five speed ’box. The option of a 130HDi with six speed ’box is only available on the largest model, the Starstream. On the road, the 100 MultiJet engine is perfectly fine for a compact ’van.
The cab and habitation doors can be locked remotely from the key fob. There’s external access to storage beneath the nearside sofa, which contains an underfloor storage tray for up to two leisure batteries.
Lounging & dining
Drop-in carpets overlay the vinyl flooring. The lighting throughout is LED, including two directional reading lights over each of the facing sofas, extra lights above the cabin B-pillars for those seated in the cab seats, and one ceiling light over the lounge. And we were pleased to see that backboards reside behind the backrest cushions, to avoid condensation in colder climes. An adjustable bracket for a 15-inch. flatscreen TV is neatly concealed above the dresser. By day, then, it’s a sociable layout suitable for up to six people, with a free-standing table that stashes in the wardrobe.
The all-new Autocruise Star range is the biggest news for the 2011-season from Britain’s leading motorhome manufacturer, the Swift Group. The baby of the three-model, entry-level line up of low-profile coachbuilts is set to cost around £37,000 OTR at launch. This brings ownership of an Autocruise – still a prestigious brand – within reach of a new audience. Definitely a hit!
- Well specified for a mid-market motorhome
- It's the welcome return of a classic layout
- We're nit picking, but we've never been fans of wood-veneered lockers in washrooms
- We've found shower water finds its way past partition doors...