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Check out the expert verdict of the Elddis Autoquest 140 from Practical Motorhome
The Autoquest is simple, fuss-free, appeals to the most conservative of buyers, and it’s all proven, with nothing in the way of gimcrackery. What more could you want?
In standard trim, a brand new Autoquest 140 could be yours on the road for £29,090. That's not quite a knockout punch to its rivals, however. You will need to delve into the options list to bring its specification near to that of others in the same class. Flyscreen door, full-sized oven, blown-air heating and a Heki 2 rooflight will add over £1000, and in standard trim it doesn’t even come with a leisure battery. As it was, our Autoquest test model had two options fitted – a rooflight and flyscreen – which would up the price to £29,565.
Practicality counts for a lot, too. We still consider the fresh- and waste-water tanks on the Autoquest too small at 45 litres each, and the tiny diameter of the waste-water outlet is asking for trouble in terms of potential blockages.
On the road
The cab has an automotive-style carpet, which is a nice feature, plus stereo radio/CD player with steering wheel controls, and a driver-side airbag.
Lounging & dining
There's a fold-up table for a TV set, but blown-air heating is not fitted as standard – which is perhaps taking the cost-paring a touch too far.
The overcab bed window and reading light are on the offside, which may or may not be the system that works best for your personal tastes. Elddis thoughtfully provides pillow-shaped cushions that can, indeed, be used as pillows. Why don’t all makers do this?
The ladder to the overcab bed is a good touch. It is made from varnished wood, as opposed to metal – much warmer for bare feet – but there is no dedicated storage point for it.
For underseat access, you have a choice of hinged seat bases and locker doors at the sides. Awkwardly, the seat-base storage has a ratchet system that only lets you close the seat base once you have pushed it open to its furthest point.
Dometic Fridge, 3-burner gas hob, Combined Oven/Grill
Thetford C-402 bench toilet
Unbeatable for value, but loses out to its rivals in too many categories.
- Low price; simple but smart appearance; on the road for less than £30,000.
- Needs some ‘wow!’ factor; only one engine choice.