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Practical Motorhome reviews the Itineo LB 690 – can this budget A-class impress the experts?

Design

The 690's basic construction involves aluminium-clad bonded side panels, a polyester roof, and a moulded front-end cap. The radical front end design instantly appeals, and bonnet access is better than on many A-class motorhomes.

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

Air-conditioning and CD/radio in the cab are standard fittings, and the award-winning Fiat 130 MultiJet common-rail turbo-diesel powers this ’van with no trouble at all.

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 Itineo provides great flexibility in its seating arrangement by offering a convertible ‘L’-shaped settee on the near side, while the swivelling cab seats are the most comfortable of all.

The extending table is fine but the leg does not extend with it, which causes some annoying instability.

Kitchen

The kitchen is in an amidships location and is split either side of the aisle. An ‘L’-shaped unit contains the hob and sink on the offside, with the fridge opposite.

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.

Sleeping

The fixed rear-corner bed is a decent-sized double, but it does not have individually switched reading lamps: its lights are either both on or both off, and a potential source of disagreement!

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.

Washroom

The washroom's layout has the basin and swivel-bowl toilet side by side at the front, with a separate walk-in shower compartment at the far rear. Sadly, there is neither a hook nor a towel rail to be seen anywhere – surely an economy too far? From a design point of view, however, Itineo deserves credit for making the best possible use of the available space.

Storage

In the living area, the 690 provides a fair amount of storage space under the inward-facing settee, though it cold do with either slide-out baskets or access flaps. There is a magazine/book net in the rear bedroom, and the vast space under that corner bed is entirely free for storage, with no corners being pinched by the combi-boiler as on some similarly-arranged motorhomes.

Outside there are access doors for the gas lockers, which will accommodate two 13kg cylinders.

Technical specs

Sleeps4
Travel seats4
MTPLM3500kg
Payload550kg
Length6.9m22′8″
Width2.35m7′9″
Height2.89m9′6″
Waste water120L
External Options
Aluminium sidewalls, Electric step
Kitchen Equipment
Thetford Fridge, 3-burner gas hob, Combined Oven/Grill
Washroom
Thetford C-250 toilet, Separate shower cubicle
Heating
Truma Electric/Gas Blown air heater, Truma Electric/Gas water heater

Verdict

Thoughtfully designed and well put-together, the 690 offers a champagne lifestyle for lemonade money.

Conclusion

Pros

  • A budget-priced A-class that doesn’t feel like one; uninterrupted forward vision for driver.

Cons

  • Rickety table when extended.
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