Practical Motorhome reviews the Adria Izola S687SP, based on the Renault Master
The low-slung nature of this ’van with its door mounted in the middle of the bodywork means that there’s no need for an external step – instead, there’s a cut-out behind the door to aid access.
The gas locker is mounted low down, which we liked because the heavy bottles do not need to be lifted too high.
Putting its mains socket so close to the living area door is not ideal, as care will need to be taken to ensure that the cable is not left trailing across the doorway as a trip hazard.
The busy, dark, trim in the Adria gives a slightly closed-in feel. The warm cherry finish and granite effect worktops in the Adria are undoubtedly cosy but a touch oppressive. The Lunar grabs a plus-point for style with its two-tone cupboard doors which add a touch of class. There are a pair of three-point seat belts for both rear passengers, and removable carpets are a standard fitting.
On the road
Our Izola comes with the top-of-the-range three-litre Renault engine. This is a cost option, but only a test drive will tell you whether you think it’s necessary. We don’t think it is a ‘must have’, but the Renault chassis is able to handle the extra power.
The Adria also came with cab air-conditioning as another cost option, but the Blaupunkt combined CD/radio and satellite navigation system is standard across the range.
Lounging & dining
You get a half-dinette with a two-seater sofa facing the end of the table. This provides lounging space for four and a dining area for two – but ultimately it’s a pretty poor way to relax for the evening. For that reason, the cab seats swivel and provide a far more flexible space for relaxing. This gives access to the table for a minimum of four, or maybe five, diners and comfortable lounging space for four. There’s a dining table that slides out to extend the length and allow six people to sit down to eat.
The Renault impresses due to its cab seats, which are endlessly adjustable and offer more supportive than those fitted to Fiat Ducatos. The lounge seats are pleasantly comfortable, too, thanks to tall backrests, but the seat bases could be a bit longer.
At the front of the motorhome, the dinette bed has a puzzling series of cushions to arrange, meaning it didn’t lie totally flat.
Because the Izola has its boiler right at the front of the bed, you can’t get to much of the bed locker from inside (a gas strut supports the bed base). On the plus side, there are two outside access doors to the under-bed storage area.
The variety of storage options offered is impressive. As well as a combination of smaller lipped shelves by the door, the mesh trays and wine bottle storage in the kitchen are also useful. The soft pocket storage above the fixed bed is ideal for night-time nick-nacks. The small hatch under the dinette floor is novel and the extending arm with standard LCD TV mounting above the cab is a useful item.
Thetford Fridge, 3-burner gas hob, Separate grill
Thetford C-250 toilet
Come the end of the Practical Motorhome Adria Izola S687SP review, we think this is a capable and commendable ’van. However, there are better-specified motorhomes out there for less money.
- Great base vehicle
- Well specced
- Nicely built
- There's a good range of storage options
- Some close rivals are cheaper