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Read Practical Motorhome's Autocruise Alto review and get the full story on this smart three-berth, with its offside fixed double bed and central washroom
Following its takeover by Swift Group in 2007, Autocruise ceased building coachbuilt motorhomes and instead focused on panel van conversions. The Alto is one such vehicle – in this case designed for three people, but in reality most likely to be used as a couple’s ’van.
Like all Swift motorhomes, the Alto is built at the Autocruise factory at Mexborough. Here the workforce has been kept busy as demand for Swift Group motorhomes has been growing. With six different Autocruise models available, the brand offers a good choice within Swift’s portfolio. The manufacturer has a reputation for building quality motorhomes, and the overall finish of all Autocruises is hard to fault.
We took a look at the improved fixed-bed Alto layout, which is based on the latest Peugeot Boxer cab with its smart daytime running LED lights. As with all Autocruise models, you can choose to have a Fiat cab instead of the Peugeot Boxer to have Comfortmatic transmission (not available on the Boxer).
The main service points are positioned on the offside of the Alto, although the waste-water drain outlet is located near the habitation door. The rear doors open up to allow good access for loading and unloading and to the storage space beneath the fixed bed, which can also be accessed from inside by lifting the bed base.
The Alto’s spec includes a Dometic 80-litre fridge, microwave, two-burner hob and a combination oven and grill. The Combi Truma 4 heating system keeps the Alto cosy with space and water heating.
The interior’s light-toned wood cabinets are finished with high-gloss facings and chrome handles, and complemented by contrasting black and light-grey upholstery: it all looks very upmarket. After-dark lighting is taken care of with integral LED lights above the roof lockers throughout the ’van. LED spotlights are deployed over the fixed bed and the side dinette.
Lounging & dining
A bracket for a TV, which is intended to be viewed from the swivelled cab seats, is located above the rear passenger seats (a further TV bracket is mounted on the outside of the washroom wall, at the end of the bed).
There’s no window but ventilation and natural light are taken care off with a Heki Mini roof vent. Most Alto owners will find the washroom ample when staying on low-facility sites or when wild camping.
Cupboards in the dresser unit offer superb storage. The wardrobe, located between the bedroom and the kitchen, is adequate for two people’s clothing but with a third person aboard, luggage may need paring down a little.
|Fresh/waste water||66L / 41L|
|Leisure battery||75 Ah|
|Gas bottle size||7kg|
|Number of gas bottles||2|
Dometic Fridge, 2-burner gas hob, Combined Oven/Grill, Microwave
While fine for the occasional trip with three people, the fixed-bed Autocruise Alto is really a couple’s ’van. Upmarket, with decent kit levels and lots of storage, this motorhome drives well and is hard to fault.
- Being less than 7m long makes it very manoeuvrable
- It has a fixed offside double bed
- The central washroom is good for a 'van of this size and type
- Wardrobe space is lacking, especially if the 'van is being used by three
- The kitchen is compact and basic