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Practical Motorhome reviews the four-berth Auto-Trail Cheyenne 660 Lo-Line
With the 2007 Cheyenne, Auto-Trail has successfully combined the Fiat Ducato cab chassis with a quality British-made body. This vehicle is sure to appeal to buyers looking for a harmonious, luxuriously fitted, competitively priced ‘van.
The Cheyenne sits squarely in the middle of Auto-Trail’s price range and so remains popular, despite not having changed significantly.
Also under the floor is the insulated 100-litre fresh water tank which can be supplemented with an optional extra 35 litres. The rear spare wheel compartment contains an unexpected surprise – no spare wheel. Apparently only an air compressor and some gel are supplied with the 2007 model.
On the road
The £799 SE Pack of extras at provides cab air-conditioning and a flip-down colour infra-red reversing camera/TV monitor (see opposite page, top left) as well as a recessed awning, CD/radio player, DVD/MP3 player and a multi channel TV/radio receiver. As there’s dedicated space for a flatscreen TV at the end of the bed and in the living area it seems a shame not to use them. Other extras available are, roof and cycle racks, and roof-mounted air-conditioning. The standard luxurious, fitted carpets can be exchanged for more practical vinyl flooring with removable carpets.
Internally, the cab space is adequate, with usable controls, a neat dash-mounted gear stick and lots of storage pockets. Both the attractively upholstered seats are fully adjustable, and swivel to become part of the living area. We found the visibility from the driver’s seat surprisingly poor; a taller driver’s line of vision is level with the trim at the top.
Lounging & dining
A small, circular table with a detachable leg is a nice touch at the cab end of one bench, but the larger folding table, stored awkwardly above the cab, is quite heavy and once erected dominates the space between the bench seats. It provides ample room for four diners, though.
A glass-lidded dual fuel hob with three electronically ignited gas burners, and one 230V electric plate combined with a gas grill and separate oven, should delight enthusiastic cooks, but it does lack an extractor fan.
Beneath the oven is a carpeted storage area and next to it sits a slim two-tier slide-out unit. The raised 180-litre fridge has a small freezer compartment.
Above the fridge, a horizontal tambour door reveals another cupboard equipped to take a microwave. The waste bin is well placed beneath the half window of the caravan door, completing this cleverly designed space.
An easily accessible locker houses gas cylinders 7kg and 13kg. A large under-bed rear storage compartment contains a practical external hot and cold shower head and a gas BBQ point.
Dometic Fridge, 3-burner gas with electric hot plate, Oven, Separate grill
Thetford C-250 toilet, Separate shower cubicle
This Cheyenne would be an excellent choice for a couple spending long periods touring in all seasons – with occasional visitors. At £44,985 it is reasonably priced for the good specification and attractive styling on offer. This ‘van is quintessentially British, from its styling to its floorplan, and despite a few minor niggles, we feel it’s a worthwhile investment.
- Build quality; looks; price; specification
- No extractor fan in kitchen; table is awkward to store and use