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Get up to speed on the Autocruise Tempo with the expert review from Practical Motorhome
The silver styling and decals certainly make the Tempo stand out, while the colour-matched bumpers and black panelling around the windows give it a sporty look. Ours came without Autocruise’s Comfort Pack, which includes cab air-conditioning, cruise control and alloy wheels. But it did have a roll-out awning, a £695 option.
The step beneath the rear doors is fixed, while the sliding door has an electric version. The rear doors open onto the gangway and allow access to a cupboard and the toilet cassette.
This being a van conversion, the wing mirrors are close to the body, which makes it hard to see the blind-spot mirror because it is partially obscured by black edging around the window. It's surprising that Peugeot (along with Fiat and Citroën) have not yet picked up on this problem.
The 66-litre fresh-water and 55-litre waste-water tanks are housed beneath the ’van and an external shower point is also provided.
On the road
The headrest on the rear travel seat is only fixed to the wall by one popper stud, so has a habit of falling to the floor under braking, taking the seat cushion with it. After a while, we got fed up with this and took to storing it in a cupboard while in transit.
Lounging & dining
When swivelled, the passenger seat sits above the 12cm step down from the cab to living area so even the tallest among us may be left with their legs dangling off the floor.
The foldaway dining table fits into the space in front of the travel seat and could accommodate up to three diners. When not in use, it is stored inside the wardrobe.
The living area feels airy during the day thanks to two large rooflights: one above the kitchen and another over the dinette. At night, directional spotlights beneath the overhead lockers shed plenty of light around the area.
There are three mains power and two 12V sockets and, unusually for a motorhome of this size, two TV aerial points. The control panel is mounted on the wall behind the sofa.
There are also plenty of storage cupboards. One overhead locker has a dedicated shelf cutout for cups and mugs, while beneath the sink is a cutlery drawer and cupboard with another, larger cupboard next to it. This latter houses the water heater and has a bin on the inside of its door.
Appliances consist of a combined oven/grill with three-burner hob, and a large 81-litre Dometic fridge/freezer.
It's easy to make up the double: just pull a lever to slide the offside seat base towards the middle of the ’van then drop the backrest cushions into place. The cushions are hard-backed so they fit neatly into their frames and are held firmly in place.
The room feels spacious enough. There is a foldaway sink above the loo and a separate shower unit. On our test model, the shower curtain runner was hindered by the flyscreen over the rooflight, which had to be unclipped before a shower. Also, we would have preferred a duckboard to the carpet mat provided.
The wardrobe has plenty of hanging space and is quite deep, so items such as water hoses, levelling blocks and hook-up cable can be kept here.
The cab has lots of pockets and cubbyholes for maps and miscellaneous items.
Dometic Fridge, 3-burner gas hob, Combined Oven/Grill
Thetford C-250 toilet
A versatile vehicle for a couple on tour – everything feels solidly built and of high quality.
- Airy, comfortable living area; lots of cupboard space; large double bed is easy to make up.
- No garage; little natural light in washroom.