The 1683's distinctive ‘nose’ certainly gives it a good dose of character. It has aluminium-clad bonded side panels, a polyester roof and a moulded front-end cap, and there's a full aluminium frame for extra rigidity. Inside, this ’van ploughs its own furrow by placing the corner bed on the offside and the washroom on the nearside, a mirror image of the more usual layout. The kitchen is central and the lounge is closest to the cab.
The cabinetwork is striking, with flat-fronted doors on all lockers and cupboards, and bright red trim on the cabinets – certainly a younger aesthetic and something for the Ikea generation, perhaps.
You will find two coat-hooks next to the entrance door, but no grab handle in the entrance foyer to help you aboard.
On the road
At 6.74m, this is one of the shortest A-class ’vans based on the Fiat Ducato chassis-cowl with its 3.8m wheelbase. It's light enough to be driven with a normal car licence both at home and abroad. Cab air-conditioning is not fitted as standard, although our test model had it fitted as a chargeable option.
The mirrors provide good all-round rear vision but the forward view raised some concerns. Mooveo has not ‘handed’ the wipers for right-hand drive, so they left a large area of windscreen unswept, directly in front of the driver.
Lounging & dining
The ergonomically-designed, multi-adjustable cab seats are more than good enough, but the 1683's face-forward lounge seats feel the least supportive, and the unshaped backrest cushion caused us to start fidgeting after a while. The settee also offers little in the way of back support. The dinette table extends neatly across the living area but does not seem particularly stable.
The kitchen is split by the central aisle, with the fridge on one side and an ‘L’-shaped base unit for the hob and sink on the other. Worktop space here is minimal but practical enough. This ’van has a smaller fridge than most but it appears perfectly adequate – and fitting a smaller fridge enabled Mooveo to put its oven/grill at a more useful height. It is really only a ‘warming’ oven, though. Note also that there is no extractor fan, so you will have to open the adjacent window to ventilate the kitchen area.
The main sleeping area is found at the very rear of the motorhome, a permanent low-level corner-double bed lit by individually switched reading lamps and a side window. Neither this nor the drop-down double bed in the overcab area is especially big, but both should suffice for most people. A fair amount of cushion shuffling will allow you to convert the dinette area into an additional transverse double bed, albeit a rather narrow one. The ladder for the drop-down bed will need to be moved out of the way before you can set this one up, however.
The windowless washroom will feel quite gloomy to some, and it lacks any towel rails or hooks. The solid, hinged door is a plus, however. The forward-corner washbasin has a cupboard underneath, with a swivel-bowl loo adjacent and a curtained walk-in shower compartment at the rear.
The 1683 has plenty of storage space for at least four people – most notably under the settee and a generous area beneath the rear bed. The latter is accessed via an outside door or by lifting the bed base on its gas-assisted struts, and pretty much the whole of this area is free for storage.
Thetford Fridge, 3-burner gas hob, Combined Oven/Grill
Thetford C-250 toilet, Shower curtain
The most economically priced A-class of this size, bar none – and it’s got some super features, too.