Andrew McPhee

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Find out what the experts think of the Auto-Trail Cheyenne 632 Hi-Line in the Practical Motorhome review

Design

The Cheyenne's high-line overcab is rather snub-nosed in comparison to some of its rivals. The optional SE pack guarantees that it's loaded to the gunnels with equipment, including exterior gas and shower points, and there are a few clever touches such as the key-less gas locker which opens via a bonnet-type catch by the passenger cab seat. Auto-Trail has also built external storage trays under the floor of the ’van, with locker doors built into the skirts: on the driver’s side this houses a waterproof battery box with a space for levelling ramps and chocks next to it, while the one at the rear could take a spare wheel.

The floor is level, with easy access from the cab to the living area. The overcab bed has a sliding, slatted base and folded mattress to clear the cutaway. Carpets in the living quarters are fitted, rather than removable. This makes for awkward cleaning, but Auto-Trail maintains that carpeting the floor before mounting the shell and furniture onto this makes for far less road noise – and our experience supports this.

On the road

The Cheyenne is based on Fiat's MWB Ducato, and is powered by the 2.3-litre 130 MultiJet as standard, with an upgrade to the 3.0-litre 160 variant optional. It's a two-berth on the road but can sleep five, so the manufacturer’s estimated 410kg payload seems reasonable.

In the cab you'll find drop-in carpets, upholstered seats with twin armrests, and integrated blinds at the windows. The Cheyenne has a brushed-aluminium and walnut trim and, with the SE pack fitted to our test model (£849), it gets all the bells and whistles, including cab air-conditioning and a flip-down colour TV monitor-cum-reversing camera.

The push-button electric step pops out when you hit the central-locking button on the key fob, which is impressive but not what you want if you are parked close to another vehicle.

Lounging & dining

The lounge seats six at a knee-knocking push when the cab seats are swivelled. The removable table stashes in the wardrobe, where it is held secure in transit by dedicated clips, and when in use it stands 72cm high with a surface area of 95 x 58cm. This makes for plenty of legroom from both the cab seats – when the seat squabs are adjusted to full height – and from the side sofas. There’s a second, circular table (55cm diameter) which fixes onto an L-shaped leg, but the bracket for this had not been fitted to our test model.

A nice touch is the curtains on domestic-style poles, which feel homely without the usual fuss of tie-backs. Four directional spotlights do the job of an evening, or there’s a dimmer switch for ‘mood lighting’ above the overhead lockers.

Kitchen

This is an excellent example of the kind of fully-equipped kitchen that is so popular with British buyers. Auto-Trail provides a full-sized grill, oven and three gas hobs plus an electric hotplate. There is a chopping board/drainer which fits flush in its sink and matches the rest of the worksurface.

A fridge freezer, with a wood-veneered panel door, sits beneath the sink, and a tambour door acts as a serving hatch from the kitchen through to the bedroom. There’s a wire crockery rack in the locker above the oven/hob, and a second tambour-doored locker (with a plug socket above the sink) just the right size for a microwave.

Sleeping

The Cheyenne’s corner bed, separated from the rest of the motorhome by a concertina blind, has a three-piece mattress and a small cutaway. To get to the storage space beneath, you have to lift the aluminium-framed, slatted base – but there are no hydraulic struts to help you. A single-leg stay supports the bed base while you root around underneath, and it opens wide enough to enable you to step into the storage area beneath to lift out any heavier items.

In the overcab, a slatted base slides out to make a double bed. A metallic safety bar clips to the base to secure the bed and a fabric net acts as a safety barrier for younger children. Its maximum headroom, at 66cm, is higher than most, and with windows at either side and spotlights at one end it doesn’t feel at all claustrophobic.

You can make up an extra single bed measuring 208 x 84cm by pulling the slatted seat bases forward to meet in the centre of the vehicle.

Washroom

The rear corner washroom has a folding partition shower door and a rail for hanging wet clothes, with a rooflight over the toilet (although a strip light in the shower itself does the job of lighting the area). There is also a small washroom window above the toilet, which has a pleated blind rather than frosted-style glass.

Storage

The under-bed storage area is the premium storage space in a corner-bed layout, but you don’t want to be carrying everything through the body of the ’van to get to it, so the Cheyenne has external storage-tray access through its sills.

It also comes with a full complement of overhead lockers, a tall wardrobe with 115cm hanging height and 59cm width. Three shelves and three drawers separate the wardrobe and the washroom. Up front, the side sofa seats have a locker flap at the base for access to the storage area below.

Technical specs

Sleeps4
Travel seats4
MTPLM3500kg
Payload410kg
Length6.7m21′12″
Width2.31m7′7″
Height2.97m9′9″
Waste water68L
External Options
GRP sidewalls, Electric step
Kitchen Equipment
Dometic Fridge, 3-burner gas with electric hot plate, Oven, Separate grill
Washroom
Thetford C-250 toilet, Bi-fold shower door
Heating
Truma Electric/Gas Blown air heater, Truma Electric/Gas water heater

Verdict

Well built and well equipped, the Cheyenne is a shortish ’van but doesn't feel like one on the inside.

Conclusion

Pros

  • Outstanding equipment levels; quality of interior fit.

Cons

  • We would have preferred positive locking catches on the lockers.
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