Andrew McPhee

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Read Practical Motorhome's review of the 2011 Auto-Trail Tracker EKS

Overview

How the Tracker has grown. Ten years ago it was a tiny low-line based on the original Fiat Scudo. Today, it’s based on the Fiat Ducato, and for 2011 it’s wider than ever.

The bodyshell now measures 2.31m, which Auto-Trail claim delivers an extra 87mm interior width.

Our test model, which we drove for 300 miles, had Auto-Trail’s traditional, rather bulbous low-line mould. This ensures a generous interior overcab storage locker, but means it has a protruding Luton section similar to that of an overcab coachbuilt, which takes its toll on fuel economy.

New standard kit worth noting for 2011 includes a 3m integral awning, cab air con and a rear-mounted spare wheel in a moulded carrier. Also standard are cruise control, central locking to cab and habitation doors, driver and passenger airbags; and the external gas barbecue point should prove very useful in summer time.

Otherwise, the layout has remained as tried and tested: that is, swivel cab seats, facing sofas up front, an end kitchen and a corner washroom. A large, freestanding table seats four, and stashes in its own dedicated locker alongside the 97-litre fridge/freezer.

At night, the facing sofas slide to meet and form a spacious, flat double bed (measuring 2.1 x 1.66m), or they can be used as single beds.

Auto-Trail’s kitchens have always been among the best around. The domestic-style cooker here, with three gas burners and an electric hotplate, as well as a separate oven and grill, are more than enough for culinary needs. Similarly, the washroom is well appointed, with a separate shower cubicle.

The quality of Auto-Trail’s woodwork is as impressive as ever, and the Ashbourne fabric is attractive. The Tracker also has drop-in carpets and LED lighting throughout.

Our model came fitted with the Media Pack (£999), which includes a 15” drop-down colour TV monitor over the cab, and a new ‘double DIN’ radio/CD player with 7” touchscreen and built-in Freeview. We found the touchscreen interface easy to use, and was impressed with the screen display because it automatically turns into a monitor for the infra-red reversing camera when you engage reverse gear.

Technical specs

Sleeps2
Travel seats2
MTPLM3500kg
Payload285kg
Length6.39m20′12″
Width2.31m7′7″
Height3.03m9′11″
Waste water55L
External Options
Awning light
Kitchen Equipment
Dometic Fridge, 4-burner gas hob, Oven, Separate grill
Washroom
Dometic toilet, Bi-fold shower door
Heating
Truma Electric/Gas Blown air heater, Truma Electric/Gas water heater

Verdict

It might be a bit long in the tooth, but Auto-Trail has done a lot to keep the end-kitchen Tracker a fresh alternative to rivals such as the Auto-Sleeper Nuevo.

Conclusion

Pros

  • Standard equipment
  • Kitchen
  • Quality

Cons

  • Large overcab area dents fuel economy
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