Nick HardingSee other motorhome reviews written by Nick Harding
Fancy a fantastic spec and a high-quality finish in a twin-lounge, sub 6m-long van conversion? You'd better check out the Autohaus Kingston, then
No surprise there – and no real shock to the floorplan.
But, there are plenty of quality touches and neat ideas – plus a highly competitive £49,995 price – to make the Kingston worth further investigation.
Many folk will recognise Autohaus as a producer of better quality VW-based campers.
The Kingston represents a move up the motorhome ladder – in terms of size of vehicle, but also the different features folk expect in a van conversion.
In addition, Autohaus is talking about motorhomes based on Volkswagen’s Crafter and Ford’s Transit – watch this space!
The alloy wheels are standard, as is a wind-out awning – the graphics are a bit more flamboyant than many, too.
The Kingston’s interior has a more modern style than established rivals, with Autohaus using vinyl rather than carpet lining for the wall panelling. Alternative fabrics and furniture finishes are available.
On the road
It’s a perfectly competent combination for a conversion like this, although there are always more powerful engine options.
You could also opt to have the Comfort-Matic automatic transmission fitted – a manual gearbox is standard.
Autohaus gives the Fiat a good spec including a reversing camera and sensors, plus alloy wheels, while standard in the cab are air conditioning, cruise control, a stereo with sat nav, blinds for the side windows and windscreen, a padded steering wheel with controls and more.
If you really do want your Kingston for four-person use, perhaps ask Autohaus about fitting a sliding window adjacent to the belted travel seats, instead of the standard top-hinged unit (which you won’t want open when on the road).
Lounging & dining
The triple-aspect parallel lounge at the back is a great place for enjoying your setting – as well as the Polyplastic flush-fitting double-glazed windows, fling both rear doors open for great views out!
For dining, a single-leg pedestal table is provided which can be used in either lounge. You might love it, you might not – talk to Autohaus if you’d prefer something a bit steadier.
There’s permanent worktop here as well as a sturdy slide-out section, with drawers for storage in the main unit plus a two-doored locker overhead.
A stainless-steel two-burner hob and sink combination unit is set in the Corian-style worktop, supplemented by a Dometic combined oven/grill.
To the left of the kitchen is the big surprise. Where you’d expect a wardrobe, a door opens to reveal a 90-litre Thetford compressor fridge, with a freezer compartment.
The main bed is the rear double, easily made by pulling the two settee bases together.
The compact nature of the Kingston’s rear lounge is reflected in this bed’s rather small dimensions – 1.83m x 1.22m.
There’s a bit more patience required to make the bed at the front of this motorhome.
Again, it’s a double – just about, at 1.83m x 1.12m – using extra cushion sections best stored in one of the settee bases (or left at home if there’s only the two of you).
Cassette concertina blinds to the main windows and fitted blinds around the cab will ensure perfect blackout at night.
Slide open the space-saving tambour door and there’s a fully plastic-lined washroom with a fixed basin – the mixer tap pulls out to form the showerhead – and a Thetford swivel-bowl toilet set on a plinth.
Storage is restricted to a high-level vanity unit with a mirrored front.
There are also toilet roll and towel holders, although the position of the former might make it awkward to reach.
It only loses out on a few details: there’s just a small outlet above for ventilation, there’s only one plughole in the shower tray, and with no curtain you’ll have to accept that the whole space will get wet.
Autohaus has struck a good balance here, with room in all seat bases, plus plenty of overhead lockers with curved doors and positive catches.
And with those rear barn doors, it is easy to load larger items, too.
At the top end is the underslung gas tank, the satellite aerial and Avtex TV, the solar panel and 100Ah AGM leisure battery, and the Whale water and space heating systems that are among a number of quality standard items.
But details also range from excellent interior lighting, including lights on stalks with integrated USB ports, to heavy-duty locker hinges and six of the smallest scatter cushions you’ll ever see – but, they do the job.
|Fresh/waste water||90L / 90L|
|Leisure battery||100 Ah|
|Gas tank size||25kg|
|Number of gas tank compartments||1|
Thetford Fridge, 2-burner gas hob, Combined Oven/Grill
This is a very promising newcomer that isn’t afraid to offer a flash of modernity as well as determinedly sticking to quality, plus a high specification.
It wouldn’t take many small tweaks to make this a four-star ’van.
The final icing? It also keeps a very competitive price.
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- Good build quality
- It has a great specification
- The kitchen is roomy and well equipped
- We like the integrated USB ports
- That narrow corridor
- Neither bed is huge and the front double is awkward to make up