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Auto-Sleepers’ premium offering is now available at a lower price point – read our Corinium FB review to see how this French-bed, end-washroom ’van fares
Auto-Sleepers’ new Corinium range, launched at the 2016 February NEC show, makes layouts from its flagship Mercedes-based coachbuilt offering available at a lower price point. This is achieved by building the new Corinium on Peugeot Boxer cabs teamed with Al-Ko chassis.
Two models were available at launch: the FB – which mimics the manufacturer’s popular French-bed end-washroom Burford – and the Duo, which carries the twin-single-beds and end-washroom layout of the Burford Duo. An island bed layout is also in development and will join the Corinium line-up in due course.
These luxurious new ’vans are designed to appeal to couples, but will sleep four. At 2.35m wide, there’s plenty of space to stretch out in the living quarters.
Standard exterior fittings comprise a barbecue point, a mains socket and a hatch to access underbed storage on the nearside, while an external TV aerial socket and the remaining services are on the offside. An underfloor LPG tank does away with the need for a gas locker and frees up the space for storage. The cab has an opening sky-view window.
The FB’s layout comprises a front lounge with parallel sofas, which will appeal to buyers crossing over from a touring caravan, a kitchen opposite the nearside habitation door, next to which is a fridge/freezer and a narrow cupboard with TV and mains points above. A sliding door gives access to the bedroom. The fixed bed is on the nearside with a double wardrobe and dresser opposite. The washroom is at the rear and takes in the full width of the vehicle.
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Lounging & dining
There’s plenty of room for belongings, too, with four roof lockers. Above the cab, two cubbyholes and two lights are mounted on either side. Overlocker lighting adds refinement, while LED corner spotlights and a ceiling light will provide good illumination after dark. Mains and USB points are provided.
The sink has a detachable drainer and glass top, and there’s a slide-out extension at the front of the unit between the sink and hob to help increase work space. We wonder, though, if a side extension flap might have been more practical.
A smart splashback panel surrounds the large window. A crockery set and coolbag are included in the spec.
Provision for storing groceries and utensils is excellent, with two drawers (one including a cutlery tray), two cupboards below the worktop and two roof lockers. The area is lit by LEDs and heated by two warm air outlets, powered by the dual-fuel Truma Combi heating system.
A large window and a Heki rooflight make the bedroom bright. The fixed bed tapers, so legroom could be restricted, but it has a padded headboard and a comfortable mattress, which is set low. The base lifts to reveal great storage space. Other storage locations in the bedroom include the wardrobe and overhead lockers, plus a shelf and cabinets.
|Fresh/waste water||91L / 71L|
|Leisure battery||105 Ah|
3-burner gas with electric hot plate, Oven, Separate grill, Microwave, Extractor fan
Dometic toilet, Separate shower cubicle
The spacious Auto-Sleeper Corinium FB is a good-looking motorhome, and feels well made and specified. Whether you’re using a small CL or large touring park, the Corinium will meet your needs. There are a few small niggles, but this looks like being another Auto-Sleepers success. And to see other Auto-Sleeper motorhomes for sale, click here.
- It's a very well specced ’van
- There's an optional chassis upgrade to 4000kg
- It is 2.35m wide, so the living space feels very generous
- There are only two belted travel seats
- It has a large rear overhang