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It's certainly eye-catching, but how does the Bürstner Quadro it 674G perform in the tough Practical Motorhome review?
Kidding aside, Burstner's prefixes point to the 'van class: 'i' is for integrierte, meaning integrated, the German term for an A-class, and 't' is for teilintegrierte, or part integrated, the German term for a low profile. For the Quadro, 'it' is clearly a marriage of the two. Essentially it's a low-profile that also has a full-size drop-down double bed in the lounge, as per an A-class model.
If you go the whole hog and specify the optional Jubilee Pack (as here), which really sets off the whole vehicle, you get the 'Fire' paintwork, alloy wheels and, inside, Novalife upholstery. This little lot adds £425 to the price.
On the road
Fiat’s excellent, electrically adjustable door mirrors really help with the all-round views. Burstner has left the interior mirror on the windscreen, and while you won’t see out of the back it is a handy warning tool if you’ve left any interior doors unlatched.
The dealer had tried everything to stop our Quadro's bed mechanism from rattling and thought they had succeeded, but it returned quite quickly, complemented by a rattle from the table!
And one other minor detail: the caravan door step doesn’t retract automatically when you drive off, although there is a warning light on the dashboard – which, for many, will be obscured by the steering wheel. What the cab does benefit from, over and above those of some rivals, is air-conditioning, cruise control and a passenger airbag, all as standard.
Lounging & dining
There’s an adjustable bracket for a flatscreen TV just inside the caravan door, so you can watch from either the lounge or the rear bed (at a pinch).
Lighting is halogen throughout, with some rather stylish strip lights in key places such as the steps up to the rear bed. We’d have liked a couple of reading lamps directly over the swivelled cab seats, and maybe a general light for the rear bed area, though.
Dining will need to be a pretty organised affair, purely because of the compact nature of the lounge, but the swing-out table extension is a bonus, and the kitchen is within easy reach.
No quibbles about the storage space, though. The rest of that kitchen unit is devoted to a massive, shelved cupboard, and cornflake packets would not be a problem to store. A generously sized cutlery drawer sits above two other drawers (with wire racking inside). The table extension will no doubt double its duty to help out as a worksurface.
Surprisingly, the Quadro settles for a medium-size, 104-litre fridge as standard, where there’s certainly space for more (Dometic’s 150-litre fridge/freezer is on the options list). And disappointingly, the oven/grill above it is far too high to be practical – or indeed particularly safe in use.
We're not sure which would be the one to choose as the main bed if living in this Quadro for longer periods. For example, if you’ve got children with you, it may make sense for the adults to use the lounge for as long as possible before pulling down the bed here.
Incidentally, the drawer that doubles as a step up to this bed is one of many clever, thoughtful touches. And the single, heavy-duty bolt is easy enough to release before swinging this bed into position for the night. Both mattresses are pocket-sprung and come with anti-allergenic covers. They are just so comfortable. However, the lack of a headboard means that it’s not easy to sit up and read (in either bed) – and just the single, albeit adjustable, reading light for the rear one seems a bit parsimonious.
There’s bags of storage space in here, too, ideal for all your washing stuff. Plus, there is a swing-out towel rail over the showerhead fitting in addition to a couple of towel (or even coat) hooks.
Adjacent to the rear bed is a wardrobe with full hanging height on the offside, and a similarly sized, shelved unit on the nearside.
Bulky items go straight into the garage of course, which has only the one access point in standard trim – although you can pay £299 extra and specify a nearside door. But if you are really going to store heavier items in the garage area, do make sure that your rear axle and overall payload can cope – again, there is always the option of a heavy- duty chassis.
Dometic Fridge, 3-burner gas hob, Separate grill
Thetford C-250 toilet
Stylish, well built and effective – it's hard not to be wowed by the Quadro’s panache.
- Stunning looks inside and out; clever, separate drop-down bed and washroom arrangements; good to drive.
- Smallish lounge; kitchen lacks worksurface space; too many rattles while in transit.