Itineo is one of many manufacturers revamping ranges this year, while uncertain supply chains persist. So the compact A-classes formerly known as Nomads move to the Famili range – but as Famili Compacts. They are shorter than standard Famili ’vans, at under 7m, and just 2.19m wide.
We viewed one of the three models, the rear-island-bed CM660 (take a look at our best motorhome with island bed guide for more on this type of arrangement). It will be available in right-hand drive at some point, although we tested a left-hand-drive ’van at the launch in France.
Itineo was Rapido’s budget brand, but there is little sign of this in the sleek monochrome exterior.
One thing you’ll notice this year is that this is one of a number of Rapido vehicles on Peugeot Boxer, because of continuing supply issues with Fiat. So no optional automatic gearbox.
The cab is much the same as the Fiat, with a few Itineo additions, such as a tambour-door cubbyhole next to the offside seat. One budget sign is that cab blinds are optional only.
There is nothing cheap and cheerful about the overall interior looks of the Itineo CM660, though. For 2023, the whole range has a new Urban furniture finish, with horizontal woodgrain locker doors, and charcoal grey mouldings and worktops.
Swivel the cab seats and you’ll find the table extends so that everyone can reach it, no matter where they sit. You do have to step up to the lounge from the door, but the seats are comfortable and the upholstery isn’t budget.
Our test model was decked out in optional Magnetic upholstery, which is dark grey to match the worktops, trimmed in bright yellow.
LEDs on the ceiling and lockers keep the area bright in the evening, while those all-important USBs are handily placed to charge all your devices.
The Itineo CM660’s side kitchen might deter keen cooks. It has very little worktop, partly to allow for the three-burner gas-only hob and a small sink. An extension flap could have been fitted here, even if it partially blocked the door.
You do get a 128-litre fridge to the right of the kitchen, and an oven can be fitted in place of the locker above, although it would be quite high up.
The washroom on the other side is a better prospect. It includes a swinging partition, so you get a separate shower cubicle in this compact motorhome with good headroom, even if it does have just the one drain hole. The partition is held in place with a proper metal catch, too.
This cubicle shares an LED light with the main washroom, which, once you swing the partition the other way, is revealed to be well ventilated and lit by a huge roof vent.
You could also make a dressing space just outside the washroom, by closing the wooden partition that shuts away the bedroom and drawing the curtain between there and the kitchen. But it won’t be a very big space.
The rear island bed is one of those you can raise to create more space in the garage underneath.
It is comfortable, and even in the higher position, there is enough headroom to read. You get two elegant spotlights with shades to help you do so, as well as plenty of bedside table space below the two wardrobes.
These are only half-height, and given the possibilities offered by the rising bed, the designers might have made more of the access this could provide to what is a sizeable garage, as other manufacturers do in this situation.
Instead, there is only one drawer under the bed. You do get two good overhead lockers, however.
Kitchen storage might disappoint some customers – what looks like a column of six drawers is actually only three, none of them particularly big. There is a large overhead locker and a spice rack, but we would think twice before opting for the oven and losing another locker.
Practical Motorhome Says…
The Itineo looks great on the outside and has a comfortable lounge, but the limitation of the kitchen could quickly start to annoy. And while the washroom makes great use
of the space available, we would have hoped to see some rather more innovative storage solutions in the bedroom.
On the more positive side, this is a nicely finished motorhome that offers good quality fixtures and fittings.
- Take a look at our guide to the best motorhome brands to find out more about Rapido and Itineo.
Or how about these?
- Rapido C55: this three-berth has packed a lot into a relatively compact ‘van.
- Chausson S514 Sport Line: outdoor lovers are bound to love what’s on offer in the Chausson S514.
- Joe Camp 75Q: we think this is an impressive debut, with plenty of innovative design on offer.
Technical spec of the Itineo CM660:
- Price: £TBC
- Sleeps: 4
- Belts: 4
- Base vehicle: Peugeot Boxer
- Engine: TBC
- Length/width/height: 6.61/2.19/2.80m (21’7”/7’2”/9’2”)
- MTPLM: 3500kg
- MiRO: TBC
- Payload: TBC
- Water (fresh/waste): 110/90 litres
- Leisure battery: TBC
- Gas: TBC
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