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Read the Practical Motorhome review of the impressive Chausson Allegro 96
The electrically adjustable twin single beds in this mid-market low-profile are not revolutionary, but as part of a well-refined layout they help make the most of the living space: apart from night-time comfort, they are sufficiently versatile to allow the beds to be used as lounging space during the day.
The end washroom is big enough to have a separate shower and also doubles as a dressing room with a wardrobe. So, this is a low-profile that could be really comfortable for touring using, say, overnight stopover points such as French aires.
The insulation level and build are not on a par with that of, say, some German manufacturers, but the waste water tank is insulated so freezing weather will not be a problem (up to a point).
There is pre-wiring for a reversing camera, so it’s an easy dealer fit. Reversing sensors and corner steadies are standard.
On the road
Some drivers may not feel comfortable with this 7.3m-long ’van, although we were fine, even when driving through French cities. The length was only noticeable when manoeuvring. However, you can’t fit this vehicle into a standard parking space unless there’s at least a one-metre overhang at the rear.
The cab sun-roof will provide welcome light in British winters. Air-con is standard, as are cab seat covers in living-area fabric, and cab carpet.
Lounging & dining
The half-dinette is fairly typical and the cab seats are easy to swivel, so four can dine in comfort.
The level of natural and artificial light is superb, with two large rooflights, spotlights and muted strip lights. But with so many halogen lamps you have to watch the amps when you’re running off the battery.
Workspace is compromised by the chromed, circular shelves in the corner – which are useful for hanging your Marigolds on – but there is enough space to chop food and prepare most two-pan meals.
There is a noticeable step from kitchen to lounge, but we soon got used to it.
The foam mattresses are comfortable enough, but not the best. The gangway between the beds is too narrow for two to pass, but that is the only significant bottleneck.
The dinette bed is a single, suitable only for occasional use as it’s quite a huff-and-puff to put up, thanks to the sturdy, fixed table and ubiquitous motorhome-cushion jigsaw.
Inside, the large wardrobe in the washroom, the over-bed lockers and two small cupboards at the foot of each bed easily swallowed enough gear for two people.
3-burner gas hob, Oven
It’s hard to say outright that the Allegro 96 is the best-value ’van with this layout, outside of a close-comparison test, but it’s the only one we know of with electric beds as standard. Add the high level of standard equipment and the well-executed kitchen and washroom, and you have a motorhome which, in its class, is very hard to beat.
- Versatile living space; smart looks; excellent standard equipment
- Insulation and build could be better; no garage