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Practical Motorhome reviews the Itineo LB 690 – can this budget A-class impress the experts?
The interior features a central kitchen and forward lounge, with rounded cabinetwork and radiused locker doors. There are a couple of useful coat hooks adjacent to the entrance door.
It's worth mentioning that the quoted payload of 550kg, while it might seem barely adequate, does take account of deductions for gas cylinders, fresh-water tank, fuel tank and 75kg driver.
On the road
The mirrors provide a good field of rearward vision, although there is no additional wide-angle lens. The slim, radiused ‘A’-pillars allow a superior forward view, with none of the usual blind spots. And there are not just two but three wipers, correctly ‘handed’ for the right-side driver position.
Lounging & dining
The extending table is fine but the leg does not extend with it, which causes some annoying instability.
There is plenty of worktop space, making this kitchen seem more practical and easier to use than those of many other ’vans. Our test model had yet to have its oven/grill fitted by the importer, but that would normally be located above the freezer. The corner positioning of the hob is inspired because it leaves a valuable area of worktop uncluttered.
The drop-down overcab double bed has privacy curtains and a safety net, although as it is transverse, the occupant lying closest to the front of the ’van may feel a little boxed in.
Outside there are access doors for the gas lockers, which will accommodate two 13kg cylinders.
Thetford Fridge, 3-burner gas hob, Combined Oven/Grill
Thetford C-250 toilet, Separate shower cubicle
Thoughtfully designed and well put-together, the 690 offers a champagne lifestyle for lemonade money.
- A budget-priced A-class that doesn’t feel like one; uninterrupted forward vision for driver.
- Rickety table when extended.