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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

Overview

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.

Design

The Roller Team Zefiro has an honest, straightforward exterior. The red and grey graphics combine well with the graphite skirts and bumpers, and the lights at the rear of the ’van look stylish and contemporary.

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 interior of the Roller Team Zefiro 690G has a pleasing ambience and feels spacious, thanks to off-white walls and ceilings, light-coloured cabinetwork and biscuit and chocolate-coloured upholstery. ‘Entry-level’ certainly isn’t the first thing that comes to mind.

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.

Kitchen

The offside midships kitchen in the Zefiro 690G carries all the basics, including a cooker with three gas burners as well as a tall fridge with separate freezer. However, it lacks a couple of essentials prized by UK buyers: a separate oven and a microwave.

Under the rectangular sink lie two wide drawers, which will accommodate a wide array of pots, pans and foodstuffs.

Sleeping

To accommodate the large garage underneath, the bed sits quite high. It measures 2.16m x 1.34m (7’1” x 4’5”) and offers plenty of support. As well as curtains for privacy, safety netting is provided to prevent the occupants of the rear bed from falling out.

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.

Washroom

A smart-looking washroom is located opposite the kitchen. To the left is a full-size shower unit and to the right a toilet, with a sink and vanity unit in between. Access is via a door with a domestic-style handle.

Storage

Storage-wise, the Roller Team Zefiro 690G performs well. The large rear garage is accessed from either side of the ’van and via an under-bed hatch from the interior. Several overhead lockers are available in the bedroom, kitchen, lounge and washroom. A three-quarter-length wardrobe opposite the front lounge has a shelf near the bottom, while underneath it and accessed via a separate door are two shelves with rails to prevent items from falling out. There’s also a cubby adjacent to the rear double bed, plus a vanity unit in the washroom.

Technical specs

Sleeps6
Travel seats4
MTPLM3650kg
Payload540kg
Length6.99m22′11″
Width2.31m7′7″
Height3.2m10′6″
Fresh/waste water105L / 108L
Gas tank size15kg
Number of gas tank compartments2
Kitchen Equipment
3-burner gas hob

Verdict

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.

Conclusion

Pros

  • Storage is great
  • It doesn't feel like an entry-level 'van
  • The midships area has lots of room for a large family

Cons

  • There's not a separate oven, nor is there a microwave
  • It has a small washroom
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