Nick Harding reports on a motorhome that’s been near the top of the sales charts for 20 years.

A long-term success story for Auto-Sleepers, this small, luxury coachbuilt celebrates its 20th year of production in 2021. It’s got everything we Brits want in a motorhome – lots of seating, full kitchen, washroom etc. And yet, it’s only 5.75m from bumper to bumper.

Spacious kitchen

Even in a vehicle as small as this, you still get a fully-equipped kitchen – with Thetford cooker three gas rings, electric hotplate, separate oven and grill), plus extractor unit and a sink with add-on plastic drainer – all squeezed in across the back wall.

The kitchen then extends the other side of the habitation door, where you’ll find a Thetford fridge with freezer compartment and a Russell Hobbs microwave oven set at a convenient height.

A cosy living room

There’s relatively generous lounge space, too – again reflecting our UK penchant for sitting indoors (could it be our weather?) – with two inward-facing settees complemented by swivel cab seats. Plus, we’re still happy to convert our daytime sets into beds – with a choice of two singles or a transverse double.

As you might expect, storage is a bit of an Achilles heel. There’s no garage, of course, but there’s a good array of upper-level lockers and – thanks to Auto-Sleepers’ policy of putting the fresh and wate water tanks under the vehicle – lots of uncluttered space in those settee bases.

A lack of storage

As you might expect, storage is a bit of an Achilles heel. There’s no garage, of course, but there’s a good array of upper-level lockers and – thanks to Auto-Sleepers’ policy of putting the fresh and wate water tanks under the vehicle – lots of uncluttered space in those settee bases.

Anniversary editions

Overall equipment levels are high, especially as every Nuevo comes with the Premium Pack option – hence the alloy wheels, cab air conditioning, underfloor gas tank, awning, colour reversing camera, 80Watt solar panel and DAB Radio with navigation. There’s an equally indispensable Winter Pack that provides cab blinds, fresh and waste water tank heater blankets and wheel arch insulation.

It’s all very British – a drawing room on wheels, if you like – right down to its set of four stemmed glasses.

Watch out for even more this season, with special Anniversary Edition versions sporting a lithium leisure battery, roof-mounted air conditioner, even plusher soft furnishings and more.

Key Facts

  • The Auto-Sleeper Nuevo is available in two versions – EK and ES – with a choice of low-profile or full overcab pod. The most popular, the EK, has twin settees, while the ES offer a forward-facing travel seat for two extra passengers.
  • The Premium Pack is a long list of desirable extras that was introduced in 2008 and has featured on every Nuevo produced since then.
  • The first Nuevo was produced in 2001. It’s been the same formula ever since – a small but highly equipped coachbuilt on a Peugeot Boxer chassis.
  • UK prices start at £62,395 (including Premium and Winter Packs) new. Pre-owned examples can be as little as £22,000.
  • The Nuevo is not distributed on the continent, but a left-hand drive version is possible.
  • More on : www.auto-sleepers.com

Tech Specs

Engine
2,2 l Euro 6,2
Power
165 CV
Couple
370 Nm at 1750 rpm
Transmission
Six-speed manual, available in automatic but only on Fiat Ducato base
GVW
3 500kg
Total length
5,75 m
Total width
2.32m (mirrors folded)
Total height
2,88m
Maximum internal height
1,96 m
Fuel
Diesel, 90 litre tank

About Auto-Sleeper

With 60 years of experience, the Auto-Sleeper brand is well known to British motorhome owners. Less well known on the continent, it has a few outlets in Belgium on the French border, Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands, where left-hand drive Autosleeper motorhomes are available. Find out where the brand is sold : https://www.auto-sleepers.com/contact-us/find-a-dealer

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Nick Harding

Nick has been a fixture in the camping, caravan and motorhome market for over 30 years. In that time, he's been the editor for a number of key publications. For the past 12 years he's been working as a freelance, contributing to a wide range of publications, but always writing about his love of the outdoor lifestyle. He can't wait to go travelling again... across Europe and beyond !

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