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Autocruise Augusta (2007) - motorhome review

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Key Features

  • Model Year : 2007
  • Class : Low Profile
  • Base Vehicle : Peugeot Boxer
  • Layout : Fixed Single Bed
  • Maximum Weight (Kg) : 4000
  • Engine Size : 2.3TD
  • Berths : 4

The Verdict

With a social lounge and twin rear beds to the rear, this is a convivial layout for two. But you'll need a licence suitable for a 4000kg motorhome to drive it and a big pitch.

Score

AT A GLANCE

Autocruise Augusta 2007

Pros
  • Surefooted Al-Ko chassis
  • Twin rear bed layout
  • Alde wet heating system
  • Large spacious lounge
Cons
  • No rear travel seats but four berths
  • Needs the 160bhp engine as it weighs 4000kg full laden

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

Model Year
2007
Manufacturer
Autocruise
Class
Low Profile
Range
Driving
Base Vehicle
Peugeot Boxer
Height (m)
2.69
Main Layout
Fixed Single Bed
Maximum weight (kg)
4000
Price from (€)
Width (m)
2.30
Price from (£)
51195
Belted Seats
2
Engine Size
2.3TD
Payload (kg)
-
Length (m)
7.54
Berths
4

DETAILED REVIEW

LONG and low, the Augusta breaks the 7.5-metre-long barrier, sitting on a ground-hugging Al-Ko chassis that helps give easy access to the spacious interior.

The latest model Peugeot Boxer offers 120bhp, although a ‘van of this size would benefit from the optional 160bhp unit that should offer superb performance.

The new cab includes much improved ergonomics and an effective heater, two things that the old chassis lacked.

Inside, the style is pure Autocruise with a sumptuous twin sofa lounge upfront - there are no rear seatbelts in this four-berth ‘van - taking full advantage of Peugeot’s new swivelling captain’s seats complete with built-in seatbelts.

Here, up to eight motorcaravanners can relax, making this an ideal ‘van for foul weather socials.

Nearby, kitchen worktop benefits from sockets that allow a TV to function, as it provides an ideal spot for viewing.

Further back, the unusually-designed kitchen includes Autocruise hallmark features of full cooker, sensible sink and copious folding worktops.

The sink unit is mounted transversely just inside the caravan door and, although this seems quirky at first, it should prove fine to use in practice – and in reality it helps reduce the Augusta’s overall length.

Step through a door to the rear and you find yourself in a cosy and entirely separate twin-bedded boudoir.

In here, twin tambour-doored wardrobes add convenience, speaking of which, a further door leads you into an across-the-rear-washroom that not only creates an en-suite but offers stylish washbasin, separate shower and third wardrobe for bulky clothes.

Interesting kit includes two big rooflights and Alde gas-fired ‘wet’ central heating that provides silent warmth from radiators.

Storage is also good with large underbed lockers benefiting from internal and external access.

The Augusta is almost a country cottage on wheels, its separate-room layout making it an ideal long-term tourer for two; the only downsides here are modest length beds and limited headroom in the lounge, thanks to a raised floor.

Verdict
This single-bed low-profile offers ultra-comfortable touring for average height motorcaravanners, while Autocruise’s practical approach to motorhome design is a winner.

This review first appeared in the April 2007 issue of Which Motorcaravan. To subscribe to the magazine, click here.

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