Peter BaberSee other motorhome reviews written by Peter Baber
Enjoy luxury for less with this new ’van that takes a floorplan from the upmarket Frontier and makes it more accessible – it's the Auto-Trail Tracker LB
One key theme from Auto-Trail this season has been to introduce popular layouts from its more costly ranges into its cheaper ones.
Although shorter, the Tracker LB’s MTPLM of 4250kg does mean you’ll need a C1 category driving licence to drive it.
Both the Hi-Line, with its overcab bed, and the Lo-Line, which we tested, have a rear spare-wheel carrier – not strictly necessary these days, but it does look classy.
One useful amendment Auto-Trail has made is that the water and external gas barbecue outlets now come with a slide-up cover, which won’t flap around en route.
The large windows either side of the lounge mean you can clearly see both ways at awkward junctions.
If you go for the £1149 Media Pack, you get a reversing camera and Western European sat-nav thrown in.
Lounging & dining
A heating vent by this door gives you some welcome warmth, while two under the sofas help keep the whole area civilised.
This layout will only suit if you are happy with just two travel seats in the ’van – if you also want travel seats in the back, you can opt for a half-dinette here instead.
It’s good that those cab seats swivel, because it might be a squeeze to fit more than four on the two settees.
But this lounge does come with a useful small pedestal table for snacks.
The dining table is perfectly good for six people, although we found it a bit of a struggle to get it out of its slot between the fridge and the door.
The large rooflight lets in plenty of light during the day, while at night this central part of the ’van benefits from ambient illumination and four spots.
Well-placed speakers mean you can listen to your favourite music with ease, at least if you go for the Media Pack.
This gives you a radio/CD player with Bluetooth capability, and an 18.5in Avtex TV that swings down from its position in the centre of the cab.
Auto-Trail still provides a permanent drainer, and the workspace to the right of this is adequate.
It is also conveniently next to the four-ring dual-fuel hob and close to a mains socket.
The shelving unit under the sink is a stretch from the stove, so would probably be best for storing tableware. There’s a cutlery tray here, too.
The oven/grill to the right has an integrated pan locker below. Up above, you get an overhead locker next to the microwave, while across the aisle there is a 142-litre AES fridge with a drawer underneath.
It can be rolled back to make a day bed, although the headboard is perfectly comfortable if you prop yourself against it to read.
In one corner there are sockets for the TV, but there was no TV bracket on our test model.
The corner dresser unit has a mains socket and is lit by LEDs, while there are four small LEDs alongside each of the windows.
The two sofas make up into a huge double bed, and you can leave the small table in place.
With two ample bedside tables in the rear, everyone can enjoy breakfast in bed.
It has a small vent, but no rooflight, and a rail for drying clothes.
The nearside toilet room does have a rooflight, as well as two cupboards, a towel ring, a swivel toilet unit and a lit mirror above the basin.
There are two wardrobes in the rear bedroom, with smaller cupboards underneath.
Should you need more room, there is a large space under the island bed.
Storage in the Lo-Line, as tested, is slightly better than in the Hi-Line six-berth: instead of the overcab bed, it has more overhead lockers (nine in all).
The areas under the two sofas are clear.
|Fresh/waste water||135L / 86L|
|Leisure battery||92 Ah|
|Gas tank size||7kg|
|Number of gas tank compartments||1|
|Gas bottle size||13kg|
|Number of gas bottles||1|
3-burner gas with electric hot plate, Combined Oven/Grill, Microwave
It’s good to see that Auto-Trail is making luxury more affordable, even if the ’van is still heavy.
Those with a C licence should find this a model that two people and their occasional guests will be very comfortable in.
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- The master suite is the star of the show
- In the rear bedroom there's a neat corner dresser unit
- There is space for six people to dine in this motorhome
- The external water and gas barbecue points have slide-up covers
- Its 4250kg MTPLM means you'll need a C licence to drive it
- There are four berths, but just two travel seats
- You can't store bikes in the garage