Peter BaberSee other motorhome reviews written by Peter Baber
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.
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.
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
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.
|Layout||Rear single beds|
|Fresh/waste water||120L / 100L|
|Leisure battery||95 Ah|
|Gas tank size||11kg|
|Number of gas tank compartments||2|
3-burner gas hob, Combined Oven/Grill
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.
- Elegant and comfortable
- Good washroom for this layout
- Storage limited if travelling with more than two people