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Motorhome review: Auto-Trail Frontier Serrano

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Key Features

  • Model Year : 2017
  • Class : Overcab Coachbuilt
  • Base Vehicle : Fiat Ducato
  • Engine Size : 2.3TD
  • Maximum Weight (Kg) : 4500
  • Berths : 4
  • Layout : Garage

AT A GLANCE

Berths: 4 Travel seats: 2/4 Base vehicle: Fiat Ducato Al-Ko Gross weight: 4,500kg Payload: 940kg

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

Model Year
2017
Manufacturer
Auto-Trail
Class
Overcab Coachbuilt
Range
Frontier
Base Vehicle
Fiat Ducato
Engine Size
2.3TD
Payload (kg)
940
Belted Seats
2
Maximum weight (kg)
4500
Price from (£)
68250
Length (m)
8.04
Width (m)
2.35
Height (m)
3.10
Berths
4
Main Layout
Garage
Price from (€)
Campervan Test Date

DETAILED REVIEW

With just over eight metres of length, there’s plenty of room inside the Serrano motorhome for a spacious, comfortable living area – and that’s just what you get

But beware, this motorhome has a maximum weight of four-and-a-half tonnes, which your licence may not allow for.

Tweaks for 2017 across the entire Frontier line-up include sharpening of exterior styling and giving the interior a more open, spacious feel. Serrano is all-new, too, replacing the previous tag-axle Chieftain.

The base is our old friend the Fiat Ducato, while underpinnings are by Al-Ko – a specialist rear chassis that’s galvanised and fitted with independent suspension. Serrano is powered by the 150bhp version of Fiat’s 2.3-litre engine, now in Euro VI guise, but (unusually) needing no AdBlue fluid to help it meet the latest emissions standard.

Every inch the British luxury ’van, Serrano starts its inside story with a big twin-sofa lounge that’s great for entertaining and perfect to allow a couple to royally relax. The sofas pull together to form berths three and four and a safe-travel four-berth is possible as Auto-Trail offers rear travel seats as an option – one sofa gaining a dog-leg design and the required forward-facing restraints.

Mealtimes see a sensible solution, free-standing table and, even more sensibly, it has its own locker next to the habitation door. Aft of this, one of the latest fridges has a whopping 175 litres of volume and a deep chiller drawer in its base. Opposite, the main kitchen area incorporates a full cooker, 800W microwave and stainless-steel sink with drainer. There’s a good amount of working surface, too. A downside is the small number of drawers, but the galley hits back with big cupboards and a slim pull-out larder unit.

A big transverse, permanent double bed lives in the rear and it’s mounted at a very climb-in-friendly height, which means there’s no proper garage beneath. But there is a very big under-bed locker that has access from inside and externally. As transverse fixed doubles go, this one’s a bit of a star, with a tall padded headboard and chest of drawers/night table alongside. There’s also a window at the foot of the bed so you can lie in and watch the day get going while you sup that essential first brew.

Sandwiched between bed and kitchen, the divided bathroom facilities become an en suite when the toilet room door swings across the aisle to enclose the rear end. The wardrobe’s in here, too, so changing room status is on the cards. On the offside, the separate shower cubicle has rigid doors and has been tweaked to include more space and a larger shower tray. Across the aisle, the toilet/washroom is entirely conventional, with a big, lit mirror, swivel-bowl loo and D-shaped vanity basin.

The Serrano provides spacious luxury living for a couple, touring for as long as their hearts desire.

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