Peter Baber
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If you favour rear-wheel drive and are looking for something upmarket, this could be the ’van for you. Peter Baber reviews the Mercedes-based newcomer.

Overview

Alongside its Fiat-based ranges, Bürstner has always wanted to include an up-to-date range based on the Mercedes Sprinter. Many believe the Sprinter’s rear-wheel drive makes the vehicle sit better on the road and so is worth going for, even if that means extra weight.

The two Mercedes-based Lyseo Harmony Line models the German company has introduced for 2020 both have an MTPLM of 3880kg, so are only available for people with a C1 licence.

Design

Although Bürstner has high hopes for the 660 model, which has a French bed in the rear and a corner bathroom, we have rested our eyes on the 690 G, which has a fixed-single-beds layout.

The ‘G’ stands for garage and the one here has access doors either side and is a good 1.14m high, so has plenty of room for bicycles. It’s heated, too, and comes with a light and a mains socket. The exterior features a gas-barbecue socket and an awning. These are both standard fittings, while an outside shower is available for an extra £160.

If you are not used to it, the Sprinter cab is a very minimalist affair, albeit with a huge screen in the middle for the sat-nav and radio controls, four cupholders and plenty of cubbyholes.

Because this is a double-floor ’van, there is quite a step up into the front lounge. But the extra-wide (70cm) door should make life easier. To the right of the door is an elegant unit that includes a cocktail cabinet and a place for keys and phones etc, plus a USB socket to charge them. To the left is a slightly old-fashioned-looking control panel.

Inside, the upholstery’s unusual blue tinge, matched with the pale Riva Loft woodwork, is calming, and everything seems to have been properly thought through. Best of all, headroom – if you pass on the optional, £1540 drop-down bed – is a very impressive 2.05m.

Not having a drop-down bed means you can benefit from the large rooflight (and the four LED lights in its housing) as well as the sunroof over the cab. Bürstner has introduced adjustable roller blinds on the windows that are practical as well as attractive.

Lounging & dining

The seats on the forward-facing bench don’t come with three-point seatbelts, even as an option, but there is plenty of room for at least four around here, and you should all be kept warm thanks to well placed vents. There are also sockets and a bracket for a TV behind the forward-facing seat, so at least two of you can watch.

Kitchen

The central kitchen isn’t quite so comfortable. As it doesn’t have an extension at all - in fact it has a substantial windbreak where you might expect to see an extension - workspace is tight. And you only get three burners on the hob, all of them gas. Might we not have expected a bit more at this price? At least it’s well lit, both by a large window and by LEDs under the roomy overhead lockers.

A combined oven and grill under the hob doesn’t take up too much room alongside a useful combination of drawers and lockers, and there’s a 142-litre slimline fridge between the kitchen and the rear bed.

Sleeping

At 1.93m in length, the single beds aren’t hugely long, although they are 80cm wide and comfy. In addition to inset spotlights under the two overhead lockers, you also get an elegant central light and a set of USB sockets. Two wardrobes under the bed make up the main internal storage area too, although the overhead lockers here and above the front lounge are sizeable and well placed.

Washroom

The bathroom continues the sophisticated feel, with a large basin and well-lit mirror. You don't get a separate shower cubicle, but there are two drainage holes in the shower tray.

Technical specs

LayoutRear single beds
Sleeps4
Travel seats2
MTPLM3880kg
Payload680kg
Length6.99m22′11″
Width2.32m7′7″
Height2.99m9′10″
Fresh/waste water120L / 100L
Leisure battery95 Ah
Gas tank size11kg
Number of gas tank compartments2
External Options
Manual step, External mains socket output
Kitchen Equipment
3-burner gas hob, Combined Oven/Grill

Verdict

Blessed with a top-notch base vehicle, the 690 G is an elegant and comfortable proposition. The washroom, in particular, is very good for a motorhome with this layout. Nevertheless, as storage would be a little sparse for more than two people, we suspect that this ’van will work best as a motorhome for a couple – particularly as there are only two belted seats anyway. In this case, you’re not likely to want – or need – that optional drop-down bed.

Conclusion

Pros

  • Elegant and comfortable
  • Good washroom for this layout

Cons

  • Storage limited if travelling with more than two people