Practical Motorhome reviews the Adria Izola S687SP, based on the Renault Master

Design

The Izola is blessed with lots of windows: it has one in the door to make a total of three in each side of the ’van.
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

The Adria is based on the Renault Master, which is a quantum leap forward from the current ageing Fiat Ducato. The Master comes with a six-speed dash-mounted gearstick and a modern, appealing cabin with excellent ergonomics and plenty of places to stow touring bits and pieces.
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

As lounging layouts, the ’van’s half-dinette is limited. The cab seats offer the most relaxed perch in the evening, but the price you pay for a permanent bed is a lounge of limited size.
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.

Kitchen

The kitchen is L-shaped, with the base of the ‘L’ running along the back of the dinette seating. There’s a sink behind the seat and a hob against the wall, which leaves precious little space for food preparation unless the sink and hob cover is employed. The corner void between hob and sink offers a limited amount of worktop space. The Adria has a removable bin under a cut-out in its worktop. This thoughtful approach to storage continues with a dedicated place for bottles in a large drawer under the hob. The SMEV grille is under the sink. A separate Thetford fridge and freezer comes as standard.

Sleeping

Fixed beds guarantee a certain level of comfort thanks to a dedicated mattress, which does not have to double as a seat base. The Adria has a one-piece mattress with a cover that matches the rest of the interior. There are reading lights over the bed heads.
At the front of the motorhome, the dinette bed has a puzzling series of cushions to arrange, meaning it didn’t lie totally flat.

Washroom

The washroom fixtures are set into smart wooden enclosures and the overall feeling is warm and of good quality. With windows and rooflights, the Izola’s washroom is light and bright, with plenty of artificial light and storage space. The solid shower screen door is nicer than a curtain, but we’d like that window to be frosted to save our modesty on site.

Storage

When looking at fixed-bed low-profile ’vans, you know that storage is unlikely to be a major issue. Having a fixed bed running down the ’van guarantees a certain amount of space will be available and so it proves here, with all the acres of storage space underneath.
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.

Technical specs

Sleeps2
Travel seats4
MTPLM3500kg
Payload550kg
Length6.87m22′6″
Width2.29m7′6″
Height2.69m8′10″
Waste water95L
External Options
GRP sidewalls, Awning light
Kitchen Equipment
Thetford Fridge, 3-burner gas hob, Separate grill
Washroom
Thetford C-250 toilet
Heating
Truma Electric/Gas Blown air heater, Truma Electric/Gas water heater

Verdict

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.

Conclusion

Pros

  • Great base vehicle
  • Well specced
  • Nicely built
  • There's a good range of storage options

Cons

  • Some close rivals are cheaper
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