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Motorhome review - head to head between the Auto-Trail Excel 600B and the Autocruise Sportstar

Posted on 15 Jan 2011

MMM Road Test

Key Features

  • Auto-Trail 600B
  • 2009 model
  • Low Profile
  • 4 berth
  • 2.2TD engine
  • Fiat Ducato base
  • Max weight 3300kg
  • French Bed layout
  • From £37,797 new
  • Autocruise Sportstar
  • 2009 model
  • Low Profile
  • 3 berth
  • 2.2TD engine
  • Peugeot Boxer base
  • Max weight 3500kg
  • Fixed Single Bed layout
  • From £39,300 new
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600B Sportstar
Model Year 2009 2009
Manufacturer Auto-Trail Autocruise
Class Low Profile Low Profile
Range Excel Star
Base Vehicle Fiat Ducato Peugeot Boxer
Engine Size2.2TD2.2TD
Maximum weight (kg)33003500
Payload (kg)620475
Length (m)5.996.08
Width (m)2.322.30
Height (m)2.792.74
Berths43
Belted Seats24
Main LayoutFrench BedFixed Single Bed
Price from (£)3779739300
Price from (€)--
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Detailed Review

MMM motorhome head to head test between the Auto-Trail Excel 600B and the Autocruise Sportstar. This motorhome review first appeared in the March 2009 issue of MMM


Manufacturers are currently tailoring products to tempt the customer and here we test two new British low profiles pitched at the six-metre mark - both costing under that psychological £40k barrier...

To read the full motorhome review in PDF format exactly as it appeared in the March 2009 issue of MMM, click here


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Auto-Trail Dealers

White Arches Motorhomes

Higham Road
Little Irchester
Wellingborough
Northamptonshire
United Kingdom
NN8 2DU
Tel: 01933 277303
info@white-arches.co.uk
www.whitearchesmotorhomes.co.uk
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White Arches Motorhomes of Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, has been a family owned business since 1971 and is
the regions foremost dealership for New and Used Motorhomes.

We are Main Agents for Swift, Autotrail, Autocruise, Escape and Bailey as well as displaying a wide selection of quality used Motorhomes. We offer the very best facilities and customer service and offer the best prices to suit every pocket!
Visit us to experience the very best purchase experience, from our friendly knowledgeable staff to our attractive landscaped display area with ample parking.

Marquis Motorhomes (Devon)

Lee Mill
Ivybridge
Plymouth
Devon
United Kingdom
PL21 9EG
Tel: 01752 892977
sales@marquismotorhomes.co.uk
www.marquisleisure.co.uk


Auto-Sleeper, County, Lifestyle, Majestic, Mirage, Mobilvetta, Newlife and Elnagh.

Chelston Motorhomes

Chelston Business Park
Wellington
Somerset
United Kingdom
TA21 9JE
Tel: 01823 662075
info@teamchelston.co.uk
www.chelstononline.co.uk


Chelston have now been supplying Motorhomes for over twenty years and have developed an unrivalled reputation for quality, choice and customer care. We are the main dealers for Auto-Trail, Burstner, Adria, Tribute, Mondial, Escape and Bessacarr. Our Fiat fully approved Service Centre is the largest dedicated Motorhome and Caravan service/repair centre in the Southwest and includes a specialised Motorhome MOT station.

Davan Caravans Ltd

Goosey Lane
St Georges
Weston-super-Mare
Somerset
United Kingdom
BS22 7XA
Tel: 01934 510606
Fax: 01934 516025
info@davan.co.uk
www.davan.co.uk


New caravans from Lunar, Swift, Sprite, plus top quality, guaranteed used caravans and full caravan services. New motorhomes from Pilote, Roller Team and Trigano. Plus top quality, guaranteed used models and full services.

West Country Motorhomes (Brent Knoll)

Bristol Road
Brent Knoll
Somerset
United Kingdom
TA9 4HG
Tel: 01278 761200
info@westcountrymotorhomes.co.uk
www.westcountrymotorhomes.co.uk
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West Country Motorhomes have been supplying quality motorhomes for over 37 years, with annual sales of over 600 new and used motorhomes.

Sales Centres in Brent Knoll, Somerset and Swindon, Wiltshire as well as a Service and Accessory Supercentre at Lower Weare, Somerset means we are recognised as one of the largest independent motorhome retailer’s and we claim to be ‘The UK’s Premier Dealer’.

At West Country Motorhomes ‘service’ is the one word that can be used to sum up the main philosophy of our business. We pride ourselves on the level of service we provide to our customers, which is second to none and this has established us as one of the most trusted and respected names in the industry.
This has been confirmed by West Country Motorhomes winning numerous sales, service and customer satisfaction awards over many years, and we were voted
Best Supplying Dealer for new motorhomes and the highest Gold Award for used motorhomes in the prestigious 2014 Practical Motorhome awards.

We carry a large range of stock with over 250 new and used motorhomes to choose from at any time. As agents for the top UK brands, including Autocruise,
Auto-Sleepers, Auto Trail, Bailey, Bessacarr, Elddis and Swift, and with a wide selection of used motorhomes from both UK and European manufacturers, West Country Motorhomes can meet the needs of each individual customer.
Our own ‘Sunseeker’ range based on the award winning Elddis Autoquest are possibly the best value motorhomes in the UK, and there are always special offers and ‘starter packs’ for first time buyers.
Motorhomes cars and caravans are taken in part exchange and competitive, personally tailored finance is available if required (subject to status).
If you want to try out a motorhome first or just fancy the fun of a holiday with a difference, there are four models to choose from for UK and European hire.

You’re always assured of a warm welcome, and as much or little help as you want from our friendly, professional sales staff to choose your motorhome. So visit soon and discover why we are ’The UK’s Premier Dealer’

Freeborn Motorhomes

Guildford Road
Godalming
Surrey
United Kingdom
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Tel: 01483 429999
www.freebornmotorhome.co.uk
Freeborn Motorhomes and The Romahome Centre are authorised dealers for Romahome, Autotrail, Elddis, Trigano and Excel motorhomes.

With branches in Guildford and Southampton we have a huge choice of new and used motorhomes to choose from.

We can offer excellent part exchange allowances whether it be for a car, caravan or motorhome.

Freeborn Motorhomes & The Romahome Centre

12 Rochester Street
Northam
Southampton
Hampshire
United Kingdom
SO14 5QW
Tel: 02380 223322
www.freeborngroup.co.uk
Freeborn Motorhomes and The Romahome Centre are authorised dealers for Romahome, Autotrail, Elddis, Trigano and Excel motorhomes.

With branches in Guildford and Southampton we have a huge choice of new and used motorhomes to choose from.

We can offer excellent part exchange allowances whether it be for a car, caravan or motorhome.

Autocruise Dealers

Marquis Motorhomes (Sussex)

Eastbourne Road
Golden Cross
East Sussex
United Kingdom
BN27 4AN
Tel: 01825 873377
www.marquisleisure.co.uk


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Marquis Motorhomes (Gloucestershire)

Mill Avon Holiday Park Gloucester Road
Tewkesbury
Gloucestershire
United Kingdom
GL20 5SW
Tel: 01684 296222
sales@marquismotorhomes.co.uk
www.marquisleisure.co.uk


Autocruise, Auto-Sleepers, Auto-Trail, Bessacarr, Elddis, Escape and Swift. Base & habitation service & repairs.

White Arches Motorhomes

Higham Road
Little Irchester
Wellingborough
Northamptonshire
United Kingdom
NN8 2DU
Tel: 01933 277303
info@white-arches.co.uk
www.whitearchesmotorhomes.co.uk
White Arches Motorhomes logo

White Arches Motorhomes of Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, has been a family owned business since 1971 and is
the regions foremost dealership for New and Used Motorhomes.

We are Main Agents for Swift, Autotrail, Autocruise, Escape and Bailey as well as displaying a wide selection of quality used Motorhomes. We offer the very best facilities and customer service and offer the best prices to suit every pocket!
Visit us to experience the very best purchase experience, from our friendly knowledgeable staff to our attractive landscaped display area with ample parking.

Marquis Motorhomes (Devon)

Lee Mill
Ivybridge
Plymouth
Devon
United Kingdom
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Tel: 01752 892977
sales@marquismotorhomes.co.uk
www.marquisleisure.co.uk


Auto-Sleeper, County, Lifestyle, Majestic, Mirage, Mobilvetta, Newlife and Elnagh.

Marquis Motorhomes (Dorset)

41-45 Old Wareham Road
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Dorset
United Kingdom
BH12 4QN
Tel: 01202 738777
sales@marquismotorhomes.co.uk
www.marquisleisure.co.uk


Auto-Sleeper, County, Lifestyle, Majestic, Mirage, Mobilvetta, Newlife and Elnagh.

Marquis Motorhomes (Lancashire)

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Preston Docklands
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Lancashire
United Kingdom
PR2 2PD
Tel: 01772 731313
sales@marquismotorhomes.co.uk
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Marquis Motorhomes (Berkshire)

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www.marquisleisure.co.uk


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Chelston Motorhomes

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Somerset
United Kingdom
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info@teamchelston.co.uk
www.chelstononline.co.uk


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Moran Motorhomes

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Tel: 01584 876911
Fax: 01584 873037
info@moranmotorhomes.com
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Hayes Leisure Ltd (Darlaston)

Hayes Leisure Birmingham Walsall Road
Darlaston
Staffordshire
United Kingdom
WS10 9SS
Tel: 01215 263433
Fax: 0121 5262663
info@hayesleisure.co.uk
www.hayesleisure.co.uk


The Hayes family motorhome sales business was established at our Darlaston base in the West Midlands in 1971 giving us 40 years experience in new and used motorhome sales. Van conversions, coachbuilt, low profile and A-class motorhomes are all on show in our extensive showrooms, with friendly staff always on hand to offer help and advice. We pride ourselves on the quality of our service, which brings customers back to us time and time again.

 

Marquis Motorhomes (Hampshire)

Winchester Road
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Southampton
Hampshire
United Kingdom
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Tel: 01489 860666
www.marquisleisure.co.uk


Autocruise, Auto-Sleepers, Auto-Trail, Bessacarr, Elddis, Escape and Swift. Base & habitation service & repairs.

Marquis Motorhomes (Northants)

The Causeway
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Northamptonshire
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Tel: 01604 402888
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www.marquisleisure.co.uk


Autocruise, Auto-Sleepers, Auto-Trail, Bessacarr, Elddis, Escape and Swift motorhomes. AS Caravans, Buccaneer, Lifestyle, Majestic, Coachman, Elddis Affinity caravans. Base & habitation service & repairs.

Marquis Motorhomes (Durham)

Durham Road
Birtley
Chester-le-Street
Co Durham
United Kingdom
DH3 2QZ
Tel: 01914 922480
sales@marquismotorhomes.co.uk
www.marquisleisure.co.uk


Autocruise, Auto-Sleepers, Auto-Trail, Bessacarr, Elddis, Escape and Swift motorhomes. AS Caravans, Buccaneer, Lifestyle, Majestic, Coachman, Elddis Affinity caravans. Base & habitation service & repairs.

West Country Motorhomes (Brent Knoll)

Bristol Road
Brent Knoll
Somerset
United Kingdom
TA9 4HG
Tel: 01278 761200
info@westcountrymotorhomes.co.uk
www.westcountrymotorhomes.co.uk
WCM Logo

West Country Motorhomes have been supplying quality motorhomes for over 37 years, with annual sales of over 600 new and used motorhomes.

Sales Centres in Brent Knoll, Somerset and Swindon, Wiltshire as well as a Service and Accessory Supercentre at Lower Weare, Somerset means we are recognised as one of the largest independent motorhome retailer’s and we claim to be ‘The UK’s Premier Dealer’.

At West Country Motorhomes ‘service’ is the one word that can be used to sum up the main philosophy of our business. We pride ourselves on the level of service we provide to our customers, which is second to none and this has established us as one of the most trusted and respected names in the industry.
This has been confirmed by West Country Motorhomes winning numerous sales, service and customer satisfaction awards over many years, and we were voted
Best Supplying Dealer for new motorhomes and the highest Gold Award for used motorhomes in the prestigious 2014 Practical Motorhome awards.

We carry a large range of stock with over 250 new and used motorhomes to choose from at any time. As agents for the top UK brands, including Autocruise,
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Our own ‘Sunseeker’ range based on the award winning Elddis Autoquest are possibly the best value motorhomes in the UK, and there are always special offers and ‘starter packs’ for first time buyers.
Motorhomes cars and caravans are taken in part exchange and competitive, personally tailored finance is available if required (subject to status).
If you want to try out a motorhome first or just fancy the fun of a holiday with a difference, there are four models to choose from for UK and European hire.

You’re always assured of a warm welcome, and as much or little help as you want from our friendly, professional sales staff to choose your motorhome. So visit soon and discover why we are ’The UK’s Premier Dealer’

Marquis Motorhomes (Suffolk)

Farthing Road
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Ipswich
Suffolk
United Kingdom
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Tel: 01473 630800
www.marquisleisure.co.uk


Autocruise, Auto-Sleepers, Auto-Trail, Bessacarr, Elddis, Escape and Swift. Base & habitation service & repairs.

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Station Road
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Tel: 01522 697070
Fax: 01522 698555
enquiries@camperuk.co.uk
www.camperuk.co.uk
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New and used sales of caravans and motorhomes; service & repairs, parts and accessories. 22000 sq ft workshop, Fiat approved, Burstner, Hobby, Bessacarr, Geist agent.


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