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Practical Motorhome reviews the 2007 Auto-Sleeper Nuevo
In terms of exterior specification, it has easily accessible exterior storage lockers with a gas locker located around waist height.
A roof rack and ladder is available as an option, unlike many competitors. Indeed, its standard exterior specification surpasses most rivals’. For instance, there’s a handy light below the middle of the recessed awning as well as sturdy running boards along either side of the cab (below the doors) which aid entry and exit. The recessed awning is also expertly crafted and fits flush to the offside.
On the road
The cab is highly-specified and benefits from plenty of storage with deep door pockets, a large nearside glove box and a central glove box below the stereo unit, which is big enough to house a laptop PC. It also has ABS, captains’ swivel chairs, a driver’s airbag, cab carpets and a CD/radio player.
Unfortunately, the Nuevo suffers from lack of dedicated blinds in the cab. Instead, it has curtains, which are not as adept at blocking out draughts. Other drawbacks include the seating position, which is a little too high in all the Boxer/Ducato-based motorhomes, but the Nuevo literally takes it to new levels. Its seats are a few centimetres higher than most rivals’, further impeding vision through the windscreen.
Lounging & dining
Kitchen space feels limited. The interior is helped, though, by the abundance of roof lights and windows which combine to flood the ‘van with natural light and so make it feel more spacious than it is.
With the floorplan of the ’van focused on providing a comfortable lounge spaces, it’s no surprise that it’s better equipped for lounging than dining. There’s room for four to dine at a freestanding table, and room for four to lounge on the facing sofa, or six with the cab seats swivelled.
A Beko flatscreen TV, fitted on an adjustable arm, is standard – it sits above the worksurface on the nearside.
One of the Nuevo’s best features is the recessed metal drainer which is part of the sink unit. Unlike the flimsy plastic drainers present in many ‘vans, this one does the job and needn’t be dried after use. Extra work surface comes from popping a glass cover over the sink.
The main section of work surface is above the 86-litre Dometic fridge and has an extra slide-out section. The slide-out adds 52 x 47cm to the existing 63 x 51cm worksurface, which is handy, although when pulled out nobody can walk past it.
The assembly mechanism in the Auto-Sleeper is beautifully simple: simply depress two black buttons and the sofa bases and backs collapse. The cushions fit perfectly and the bed assembles in ten seconds. It has its drawbacks, though: the sofa cushions have boards built into their backs so that they can slide into place, but it means that there’s no slatted base, so condensation could be a problem. Also, because the Nuevo is shorter than some rivals, the bed is shorter because the offside wardrobe cuts into it. Still, the double bed stretches across the width of the vehicle to easily accommodate people who are more than six feet tall.
The shower has a large head and a refillable, pump-action soap dispenser on the shower wall, which can also be accessed when washing your hands in the sink. Other nice features include a door through to the motorhome’s main cupboard which enables you to get to your clothes, and a recessed pocket in the back of the swing-out wall, which holds toiletries.
Inside, there are four lockers on either side of the lounge and a main offside wardrobe which is tall enough for hanging suits and dresses.
Dometic Fridge, 3-burner gas with electric hot plate, Oven, Separate grill
Thetford C-250 toilet
Great standard specification, attractive inside and out but probably a little too small for long-term touring.
- Good standard specification
- Large washroom for size of ‘van.
- Small sofas and bed
- Expensive for size