Peter BaberSee other motorhome reviews written by Peter Baber
Squeezing six berths and a UK-friendly twin-lounge layout into a 7.34m-long, 3500kg MTPLM ’van is no mean feat – check out the 2017 Elddis Autoquest 196
There was less attention on new layouts. But there was one new addition – the 196.
Its floor plan should already be familiar to fans of Elddis motorhomes, as it is almost identical to the already established 195, with a lounge front and back, and a washroom and kitchen in between. The only difference is a dropdown bed over the front lounge.
But that is quite a difference, because it introduces a six-berth into a range that has been the staple of many a dealer special edition up and down the country – taking it into territory where it could offer an Anglo-Saxon alternative to the Continental models that have been dominating the large family market in recent years.
On the road
That’s good for those in the front, as the cab seats are captain’s seats. But it’s good for those behind too, because this is a proper family ’van, so the front dinette comes with four fully belted travel seats to match the number of berths. There are two facing forward and two facing back.
Lounging & dining
The front lounge, with a side settee as well as the four travel seats, is a perfectly respectable alternative location where your children could while away a rainy Sunday afternoon while you read the papers up rear. Both lounges have spotlights, but nothing directional.
The family chef won’t be disappointed with kitchen storage in the Elddis Autoquest 196. You get four drawers down the middle between the 85-litre fridge and the oven and grill. There's another pan locker under the oven, as well as a row of four overhead cupboards.
Moving on to berths five and six in the drop-down double bed, partly to avoid any obstruction of the habitation door, that bed is only 1.2m wide. As it also comes with a copious safety net and a not particularly comfortable metal ladder, perhaps it’s only for two children who don’t mind sleeping close.
It’s also worth noting that the only privacy partition there is in the whole of this family ’van cuts both the wardrobe and the washroom off from the rear bed, which you as adults are possibly most likely to use. If those sleeping at the back like their privacy, that could be an issue.
At this price bracket you aren’t going to get full winterisation, although a winter pack (fresh- and waste-water tank heaters plus fridge vent covers) is available for £305.
The Elddis Autoquest 196 is priced from £42,349 OTR. The Lux Pack comprises popular upgrade options including a passenger air bag, cab air con and cruise control, for £1218.
Further customisation options include a microwave oven (£180), cab blinds (£405), a tow bar (£475) and a rear view camera system (£320).
|Fresh/waste water||100L / 70L|
|Leisure battery||100 Ah|
|Gas tank size||7kg|
|Number of gas tank compartments||2|
3-burner gas hob, Oven, Separate grill
If you’re after six berths in what is otherwise one of Britain’s favourite motorhome layouts – the rear lounge – then the Elddis Autoquest 196 is a good bet.
But you might find the drop-down bed itself on the narrow side, and probably best left for the kids.
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- Front and rear lounges in a six-berth family ’van
- There is a good amount of storage
- You get a generous sense of space in this motorhome
- There's a lack of privacy for those using the rear bed
- The drop-down double is possibly only suitable for children
- The all-in-one washroom isn't massive and doesn't have a window