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New for 2018, Auto-Trail brings a luxurious layout into its entry-level Imala range with this well-designed rear bedroom – find out if it works for you!
This family ’van has a rear transverse bed – a layout previously only available as a Tracker.
The new model wowed our judges in our Motorhome of the Year 2018 awards, taking the best family ’van category win.
The Luton varies in size, depending on whether you choose a hi-line with an overcab bed, or a lo-line, like our test model, which has a slimmer profile with lockers where the bed would otherwise be.
In this relatively budget model, you get a standard Al-Ko chassis, so you still need a step to get in, and the ’van sits higher on the road.
Lounging & dining
Cost options, including a dinette with at least two forward-facing travel seats, start at £825 – well worth it to let you take children or grandchildren on holiday with you.
The quasi-overcab profile gives you lots of headroom, but it’s not the brightest area because there’s only a medium rooflight, and the lockers over the cab limit the size of the sunroof.
But what you lose in light, you gain in storage – you also get three spotlights and two heating vents in the lounge, too.
If you go for either the £1149 Media Pack (which adds a 18.5in TV, a DAB/FM/AM radio with USB and Bluetooth, sat-nav and a colour reversing camera), or the £1999 Media Pack Plus that also gives you a satellite system, the TV fits over the middle of the cab.
There’s no mains socket in the Auto-Trail’s lounge, but there is a socket tower in the kitchen, where you’ll find a trio of outlets to plug your gadgets into.
Food storage space in the 732 consists of one tall cupboard between the oven and grill and the 90-litre fridge, a cutlery drawer and one overhead locker – it should prove sufficient for the food of a family of four, though.
A microwave is fitted – handy if you don’t fancy cooking with the oven or grill. There’s also a pan locker under the oven.
There is good light on the worktop through the large window and, at night, a striplight helps you out, too.
That aside, this is an excellent bedroom. There’s plenty of room to move around the bed, and lots of light comes through two windows and the single rooflight.
There’s a dresser in the far corner, although the only socket is high up in the other corner, ready for a TV.
The front bed makes up easily via slatted platforms. The offside settee is longer than the nearside, so you get a useful perching area if you wake early and want to sit down with a cuppa.
That rear double bed is 1.86 x 1.34m (6’1” x 4’4”), while the L-shaped front double measures 2.17 x 1.22m (7’1” x 4’0”).
It’s a bright enough space thanks to the rooflight in the main part of the washroom, and the large, opaque window.
The basin is of a reasonable size, and there’s a swivel cassette toilet, while storage is taken care of by an overhead locker.
Other equipment includes a toilet-roll holder, a towel rail and a handy pair of door-hooks.
Even if you don’t go for this option, you get four overhead lockers up front, while the underseat areas are clear and have gas struts to keep the slats upright when needed.
The not-quite full-height wardrobe is above a shallow shelved cupboard, with two small drawers next door.
You also get two overhead lockers, the bedside table and the dresser.
Finally, a large storage area under the bed can be accessed externally and internally.
Overall, there’s plenty of space for storing all of the kit that’s needed by a family on tour – and a 350kg payload.
|Fresh/waste water||135L / 85L|
|Leisure battery||100 Ah|
|Gas tank size||7kg|
|Number of gas tank compartments||2|
3-burner gas with electric hot plate, Oven, Separate grill, Microwave
Separate shower cubicle
The 2018 Auto-Trail Imala 732 is a luxurious vehicle for a couple who take children or grandchildren away with them on tour, at a price that’s now more affordable than ever.
We think it’s a great addition to the Imala range.
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- It's a luxury layout in a more affordable range
- The rear bedroom is a winner
- There's a separate shower cubicle
- The front make-up bed is a peculiar shape
- There are no sockets in the lounge