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Practical Motorhome reviews the Roller Team Zefiro 690G and finds that this six-berth overcab 'van has outgrown its entry-level status
Once known for being an entry-level range, Roller Team’s Auto-Roller has been creeping steadily upmarket in recent years, sporting kit levels and refinement that wouldn’t be out of place in a mid-market offering. So in for the 2014 season comes Zefiro, a two-model-strong (in the UK) entry-level range.
Priced at just under £40,000, the 690G is a six-berth overcab coachbuilt based on the Fiat Ducato 130bhp, available with right-hand drive for the UK – ‘G’ denotes a rear garage. Up front, the midships lounge has four travel seats and converts into a double bed. A further two berths are available in the overcab.
With its offside habitation door, care will have to be taken entering and exiting the Zefiro when parked on the nearside. Instead of a folding step, a low-lying step has been built into the motorhome’s side.
The ’van’s body walls are made using the Extreme Protection System (ExPS) construction, which was introduced by Roller Team two years ago. ExPS uses laminated plastic interior walls and Styrofoam cladding to provide better insulation – Roller Team is so confident in the innovation behind ExPS that it offers a 10-year bodyshell warranty.
The habitation floor is 75mm thick, again to enhance thermal properties and provide better soundproofing, and is covered in a mid-tone wood-effect vinyl.
Lounging & dining
The front lounge has four belted travel seats. Upholstered in a biscuit tone with chocolate-coloured edging, they’re comfortable, and legroom is adequate. For mealtimes, the seat benches extend using slide-outs. Add the four cushions and the table extension stowed in the wardrobe, and a family of six can sit around to eat.
Under the rectangular sink lie two wide drawers, which will accommodate a wide array of pots, pans and foodstuffs.
The lounge double bed makes up using the seat extensions and extra brown cushions, and only takes a couple of minutes to do. It’s the smallest double bed in the ’van, but will be fine for youngsters.
The Zefiro’s largest double bed is in the overcab, accessed via a ladder that clips to the wooden edge of the cab roof section. There are small windows at each end of the bed, plus a light and privacy curtain.
|Fresh/waste water||105L / 108L|
|Gas tank size||15kg|
|Number of gas tank compartments||2|
3-burner gas hob
The Practical Motorhome Roller Team Zefiro 690G review reveals that buyers of this 'van get a proven layout and Italian design, but they’ll pay a slight premium over UK-produced vehicles, which have the habitation door on the nearside. Still, the Zefiro is well built, with a quality feel.
- Storage is great
- It doesn't feel like an entry-level 'van
- The midships area has lots of room for a large family
- There's not a separate oven, nor is there a microwave
- It has a small washroom