A flexible friend with family-friendly options
Flexibility is one of the key themes with the new-for-2020 Tribute F72 motorhome from Auto-Trail. A low-profile, end lounge coachbuilt, it starts off as a two-berth. Go for options like the half-dinette seating and drop-down double bed and it can quite easily cater for four – with payload to cope and still staying at 3,500kg (which, of course, means you can drive it on any full licence).
All four of the 2020 season Tribute coachbuilts are based on Ford’s Transit. Increasingly popular in its latest guise, there are choices here, too. That cab can be ordered in any of seven colours – the Moondust Silver here is one of the more popular so far, along with Kapoor Red and Magnetic Grey.
The easy-driving Ford Transit base vehicle is likely to prove a winner with owners, too. In standard format it comes with the more than adequate 130bhp engine and manual transmission, but the options to upgrade to 170bhp and automatic gearbox are tempting and relatively good value for money. You can also expect superior cab surroundings and a far more forgiving ride compared to the Fiat Ducato, the benchmark base vehicle for this type of motorhome.
The options list isn’t particularly extensive, but it’s topped by two tempting Packs – Drivers (metallic cab paint, electric mirrors, cab air conditioning, upgraded headlights and more) and Lux (Zenec Xzent media and satnav system, colour reversing camera, solar panel, TV aerial, exterior gas point etc). Indeed, Auto-Trail confirms every model produced to date has had both Packs fitted.
In two-berth form, then, overall length of the Tribute F72 motorhome dictates you get a generous amount of kitchen and washroom space, plus inward-facing settees aft of the cab (it’s the half-dinette option here).
The light wood furniture finish, along with features like the overcab sunroof, keep the interior feeling spacious.
Two lounges may seem one too many for couples, but again it means greater flexibility, for example, the rear becomes your living room whilst the front is a dining area.
Either is easily reached from the kitchen, of course, where the main equipment is a three-burner hob and Thetford Duplex oven/grill combination – the latter, in particular, a good space-saver – supplemented by a slimline 142-litre fridge.
Despite the L-shape, the kitchen lacks for worktop, although it’s nice to see features such as the purpose-made cutlery drawer and acrylic splash panels.
There’s a hint of style in the washroom, too, where storage is a particular strong point.
And there’s space for a separate, lined shower cubicle alongside the fixed basin and swivel-bowl toilet.
As ever, then, that initial window price of £47,345 needs to be bolstered – primarily, by those Packs, at least. Even with both, you’re still only just edging over that all-important £50,000 psychological barrier. And, even if you only plan to use the Tribute F72 motorhome as a couple, the extra comfort of the pull-down double bed option may be too tempting to miss. The bargain bells should already be ringing…
In this video we take a look at the line-up and a look inside the Tribute F72 motorhome.
Verdict: Great value that doesn’t shy away from luxury either
Plus: Flexible berth options, Ford base vehicle, popular end lounge
Minus: Options cost money, limited kitchen worktop
In-a-nutshell: Top value on a Ford base
There’s more information on the Tribute motorhome range on the Auto-Trail website. Find out more about insuring this or your current motorhome on our motorhome insurance discounts page.
Alternatives: Swift Escape 674
Auto-Trail Tribute F72 factfile
|Model||Auto-Trail Tribute F72|
|Base vehicle||Ford Transit, 2.0-litre, 130bhp, Euro 6d|
|Dimensions||7.34m L x 2.35m W x 2.88m H|
|Berths||2 (optional 4)|
|Travel seats||2 (optional 4)|
|Safety & security||Electronic immobiliser, remote central locking to cab doors, twin airbags, European Whole Vehicle Type Approval|
|Key options||Drivers Pack (£1,499), Lux Pack (£1,399), 170bhp engine upgrade (£1,000), automatic transmission (£1,450), metallic cab (£650), drop-down bed £667), half-dinette seat (£688), second leisure battery (£100), 19.5in TV (£271), towbar (£458)|