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Decent insulation means the vehicle could competently tour in spring and autumn, but freezing weather may prove more of a challenge. An electrically folding side doorstep is an option.
On the road
The gear lever for the five-speed ’box is mounted high on the dashboard. It’s a cinch to reach but we wish the shift quality was slicker and the gate more clearly defined as it’s too easy to find fifth gear when aiming for third.
Electric cab door windows and mirrors are standard, as is CD/radio, easy-to-read instruments, plenty of storage space in the glovebox and door pockets, and a dash-mounted pop-up clipboard for maps. There’s also a 12V socket in the dashboard for charging a mobile phone or powering aftermarket satellite navigation.
However, the steering wheel will not adjust sufficiently to allow a comfortable seating position for some drivers.
Lounging & dining
The L-shaped lounge seat can accommodate three adults in comfort, but to fit four someone must sit at the corner of the bench. A rotating passenger’s seat in the front cab provides seating for a fifth person, so it is possible to make entertaining a very social occasion. However, dining is more of a problem, because the person sitting on the corner of the bench may find reaching the dining table tricky and we found it difficult to site the table where those on the bench could use it at the same time as the person in the cab passenger’s seat.
With the dining table folded away in its purpose-built cubby hole, the lounge once more becomes a desirable place to spend the evening. The cushions are more softly padded than those in the other motorhomes, while still being supportive.
Opposite the lounge seat is a cabinet with room on its worksurface to place a TV. There’s a three-pin socket and an aerial point and it would be easy for everyone in the lounge to see the TV screen.
The Autocirrus has a single window on its right-hand side, but despite its large size it does not let in as much light as we would have thought, due to its heavily tinted privacy glass. Still, a large skylight helps to brighten the living area on dull days and directional spotlights mean that reading is easy on the eyes.
There’s also a separate oven and grill, with a glass-fronted locker beneath the oven, in which to store pots and pans. The only downside of the design is that there is no worksurface to use, apart from the dining table and/or the glass sink and hob covers.
The small kitchen window suffers from the same problem as its lounge window in that it has a very dark tint which blocks out some daylight, so the strip light beneath the crockery locker becomes essential when cooking dinner.
There’s plenty of storage space, including a roll-front locker, with a power socket inside, above the hob. Underneath the sink is a cupboard with two shelves, and next to this another cupboard with cutlery drawer and two slide-out wire mesh trays.
The fridge is positioned at chest height on the right-hand wall, opposite the hob, which is ideal when searching for the essential ingredient while you’re cooking. It also means there is no stooping to see what’s lurking at the back of the fridge. There’s a small locker above the fridge and a cupboard underneath, with slots to hold a variety of differently sized bottles in place.
You get a locker to keep wine glasses and bottles securely fastened. It’s above the television aerial point, just behind the front passenger seat. It has a horizontally split cupboard door, the lower half of which folds to create a small tray on which to place glasses – a nice touch.
There’s a decent amount of storage space in the washroom, so you will have no problems stacking away towels. A towel rail and toilet roll holder is also provided, as is a swivelling Thetford cassette toilet.
There are useful lockers above the lounge area, as well as a large locker in the overcab section. Elddis splits this space into smaller, separate, lockers – a shame, it means you can’t store bedding there. Beneath the lounge seats is a reasonably sized storage area, but no exterior access to it.
Dometic Fridge, 4-burner gas hob, Oven, Separate grill
Thetford C-250 toilet
Taking a different approach has paid dividends for Elddis with a real sense of space in the lounge and washroom.
- Clever design creates a huge washroom and lounge space.
- L-shaped lounge seat means fewer people can relax or dine than in rivals with parallel lounges.