They say that two’s company and three’s a crowd, and this seems to be the rule by which the Laika X696R was designed. It’s a ’van that has been built for couples, but which can also accommodate the occasional guest, thanks to an extending dining table and a three-person rear bed that can be made up from the twin singles – useful for parents with a very young child.

The twin single beds and low profile mark this out as a ’van for those who like lots of living area and no more sleeping space than is necessary. At close to 7.3m long, this ’van should provide a couple with a roomy, comfortable interior and ample storage space for lengthy trips away.

The X696R is part of Laika’s youthful X-Series, the entry-level range built on the Ford Transit base, available in low-profile and overcab forms. Here, our testers find out whether the X696R has the substance to match its style.