Niall Hampton
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A treat for two, the Bailey Autograph 68-2 is an upmarket, end-lounge motorhome that won't bust the driveway – is this the answer to your prayers?

Overview

The sixth model in the Bailey Autograph range, which launched last summer, the 68-2 is the third sub-3500kg ’van in the line-up and makes the rear lounge floor plan available to Category B driving licence holders for the first time.

Unlike the 3850kg 79-6, a 7.99m-long six-berth, the 68-2 is an out-and-out two-berth.

There’s nowhere to sleep two extra people, so it’s strictly for couples only.

Design

With their understated combination of green, grey and white decals, models in the Autograph range of Bailey motorhomes are sharp-looking.

We often mention that Bailey’s proprietary Alu-Tech habitation construction makes for boxy exteriors.

But on the upside, these bodyshells carry no exterior fixing points to provide pathways for water ingress, and a six-year integrity warranty comes as standard.

The living quarters are bookended by brilliant white Peugeot cabs, plus a smart rear panel with slimline horizontal road lights that could have come off the drawing board of a German motorcaravan designer.

On the road

Bailey continues to pair Al-Ko AMC chassis with the Peugeot cabs. This makes the vehicle ride close to the ground, so there’s no need for an electric entrance step.

Handling is improved by this arrangement, but it means that you’ll feel most of the bumps on potholed roads.

Autograph’s launch was timed to coincide with the roll-out of the latest version of the Peugeot Boxer engine.

An all-new 2.0-litre unit that uses AdBlue diesel exhaust fluid to meet the latest Euro 6 emissions standard, it’s actually lighter and greener than the now superseded 2.2-litre turbodiesel.

The other plus point is that Bailey uses the 160bhp version – last year’s 130bhp unit was no slouch, but this new version is more perky.

Despite all this re-engineering, the new Boxer keeps faith with a six-speed manual ’box – there’s no automatic option.

As with all SEVEL cabs, the chunky A-pillars mean you’ll need to take care when approaching junctions.

And as the 68-2 has no lounge window just behind the passenger seat, solo drivers will need to be careful when turning right from a T-junction.

Lounging & dining

At just under 2.5m, the Bailey Autograph’s body width makes the 68-2’s rear lounge a great place to sit, recline or flop.

Triple-aspect windows and a large rooflight provide plenty of natural illumination, with LED lighting on hand to convert the salon for evening use.

The seating is a bit shallow, though, which is most felt on the rearward part of the U-shaped sofa.

At mealtimes, simply retrieve the folding-leaf freestanding table from the wardrobe (located behind the passenger seat) and you're set.

Just mind the step up into the lounge from the kitchen.

Kitchen

With its smart granite worktop, white drawers and gloss overhead locker facings, the 68-2’s kitchen is aesthetically pleasing.

The only cross in the debit column is the utilitarian-looking square sink – it won’t win any prizes for elegant design.

Kit-wise, there's a three-burner hob and electric hotplate, as well as a combination oven and grill, with a Daewoo microwave above a tall Dometic fridge/freezer opposite, on the offside.

Sleeping

When deployed, the bed makes up into a spacious transverse double measuring 2.12 x 1.56m (6’11” x 5’1”). It’s formed by pulling out a slat frame from the parallel lounge seating.

The sleeping surface is formed from Bailey’s multi-layered Dream Sleep system, which is designed to offer a better sleeping surface than typical one-piece foam-filled cushions.

Dream Sleep features honeycomb topper sections which fold up under the seats when not in use.

Washroom

Tucked into the space behind the driver’s seat, the Bailey Autograph 68-2’s washroom has separate areas for the vanity unit/toilet and shower.

It’s a dressing area, too, a role aided by having the wardrobe in close proximity, behind the passenger seat.

Other noteworthy kit in the washroom includes a handy clothes drying line in the shower compartment.

Storage

As it’s too shallow to be referred to as a garage, Bailey calls the storage space under the rear seat bench the ‘through boot’.

Running across the width of the ’van, it’s large enough to take long items and can be accessed from both sides of the ’van.

You also get large, aircraft-style overhead lockers throughout this motorhome, that operate with a very pleasing action. And the three under-worktop kitchen drawers and cutlery drawer are all soft-close.

Equipment

As standard, the Bailey Autograph 68-2 ships with Alde wet central space and water heating, cab’n’hab drop-in carpets and a wind-out awning.

The Boxer cabs have air conditioning, DAB radio with Bluetooth and USB connectivity for tablets and smartphones, and driver and passenger airbags. A tyre repair kit is preferred to a spare wheel.

Cost option upgrades include the Media Pack (£799: reversing camera and screen, TV aerial, 19in flatscreen TV with integrated DVD player) and Media Pack Plus (£2399: as the Media Pack but with extras including integrated sat-nav, door and lounge speakers and a portable Bluetooth speaker for the awning).

Further upgrades available on these Bailey motorhomes are alloy wheels (£995), leather soft furnishings (£1595), and a bespoke bedding set (£203).

Technical specs

Sleeps2
Travel seats2
MTPLM3500kg
Payload451kg
Length6.79m22′3″
Width2.49m8′2″
Height2.78m9′1″
Engine (power)160
Fresh/waste water93.5L / 93.5L
Leisure battery95 Ah
Gas tank size6kg
Number of gas tank compartments2

Verdict

At £52,249, the Bailey Autograph 68-2 is good value for the price and will appeal to comfort-seeking couples.

This model is also a driveway-friendly 6.8m long with a pleasing lounge area and few compromises elsewhere.

And to see other Bailey motorhomes for sale, click here.

Conclusion

Pros

  • You get the popular end-lounge layout on a 3500kg chassis that anyone can drive
  • At 6.79m long, it shouldn't be too tricky to store
  • Buyers get a six-year integrity warranty

Cons

  • It's strictly for couples
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