Read more about the Ford Transit based Auto-Sleeper Pollensa in the Practical Motorhome review
One potential advantage is that none of the living-area bodywork seams are exposed on the vehicle’s edges. While a motorhome is young, this is not an issue but by having the roof and overcab mouldings wrapping over the tops of the sidewalls – rather than sitting edge on edge with them – it encloses the seams, which bodes well for a long, damp-free life.
Access to the cab is inhibited by the handbrake and gear lever but the folding bed base ensures that there is plenty of headroom. Elsewhere, however, the Pollensa feels a bit small in places, particularly in the overcab area.
Auto-Sleeper has gone for the traditionally warm interior colour scheme favoured by UK buyers, and it’s successful. The gold upholstery goes well with the woodwork and generates the cosy feel that is unique to the brand.
On the road
The Pollensa is a rear-wheel drive ’van. This has advantages for stability and traction on boggy ground and on the road. It’s also preferable for towing, because the weight of the trailer will be concentrated near the driving wheels.
Lounging & dining
The Auto-Sleeper feels smaller than some rivals due to short seat-base cushions. The reason for this is the raked seat backs (which make for a more comfortable lounge in the evening).
At a size of 77 litres, the refrigerator is fairly small, because it has been fitted over the wheel arch. Storage is limited, too, and food preparation facilities around the sink and hob area is non-existent. On the plus side, the sink is large and has a recessed drainer, which makes it easier to stack the washing-up. The kitchen is well equipped, too, and has plenty of storage. There’s a three-burner hob with electric hotplate and an oven and grille.
Second, the dinette can only really be made into a double bed, rather than double and single versions. Nevertheless, the bed is really easy to make up, very flat, supportive, and comfortable. However, having room for one double and a child in the overcab puts the Auto-Sleeper at a major disadvantage. If you are after a family motorhome, this simply will not fulfil the brief.
One really nice feature of the Pollensa is the radio cut-out switch which means you don’t have to clamber through to the cab to turn off the music if listening in bed.
The separate shower controls are a nice touch and a cut above the integrated hand-basin/shower control units many rivals.
Inside, there’s plenty of storage under the seat bases for things such as bedding, while numerous roof-level lockers line the areas above the lounge and dinette.
If you do more with your holidays than watch the telly, Auto-Sleeper provided has a removable shelf so that you can use the TV cabinet for an alternative use. All the ’vans have a half-height wardrobe.
Although the folding overcab bed base makes a pretty hopeless bed, at least it makes a secure, large, overcab storage area without putting things out of reach.
Dometic Fridge, 3-burner gas with electric hot plate, Oven, Separate grill
Thetford C-250 toilet, Shower curtain
The Auto-Sleeper Pollensa is well made, handsome and capable. However, the small overcab means it struggles to convince as a family ’van.
- The Ford Transit is a great base vehicle
- It looks smart and has a nicely finished interior
- Some rival 'vans are cheaper
- The washroom doesn’t have the same quality as the rest of the ’van