The Integra Line feels classy. With its relatively unusual layout, it’s ideal for two people who occasionally take their grandchildren on holiday. Or even for people who have guests with them for short trips. The low chassis makes it accessible, while its winterisation means you can use it year-round. The price reflects the quality – you get what you pay for and you get a lot with this model.
Base vehicle: Fiat Ducato Price from: £89,995 Berths: 4 Travel seats: 4 Length: 7.41m Height: 2.88m Weight: 4,400kg Payload: 900kg
The 2019 Eura Mobil Integra Line 730 EB A-class makes a strong first impression, with its flush side windows and a feeling of quality from the outset. Climbing aboard through the standard-width habitation door, we’re struck by a simple but welcome feature – there’s no need for an external step as the entrance is just over 300mm off the road.
Its cab seats are captain’s chair-style Aguti seats with double armrests and their adjustability makes them easy to customise to suit you. You can tilt and adjust the height of the base and alter the lumbar support with handpumps on each seat.
Pulling away from the Denby Pottery car park where we picked up the Eura Mobil from Geoff Cox Leisure, the first thing to note is the way the dashboard drops away. Why does that matter? It’s the visibility you gain when judging your distance from the kerb. You don’t get as good a view from A-classes whose dashboards are horizontal. The bus-style rear view mirrors are superb, too. There are no objects in the way (eg window frame struts) to obscure your view, so you feel in full control of the motorhome.
The next point when driving was the transmission. It took a few minutes to get used to the Comfort-Matic gearbox. It sometimes hesitates as you apply the throttle, but soon comes into its own when moving away from junctions or driving up hills. It was smoother and more intuitive than anticipated, but not as slick as a torque converter automatic such as the one offered by Mercedes-Benz. However, the Integra Line drives well at both low and higher speeds. The 150bhp engine in this model had enough torque and power to handle the Peak District hills.
Hill descent control comes as standard in this model, too. And, when driving around the rolling Derbyshire countryside, it came into its own, moving into action as we came down a steep hill to a junction.
In reverse gear, the rear view camera comes on automatically, so you get a clear sight of what’s behind. The screen is part of the Xzent DAB radio system. There’s no sat-nav included in this model, so prepare to use your own, and the steering wheel lacks the media controls you see on other models. On the dashboard, there’s a rocker switch to flick the power to the radio between either the leisure battery or the vehicle battery.
If you prefer more gadgets and luxuries, opt for the Prestige Pack for an extra £1,600. The pack gives you a built-in sat-nav, a leather steering wheel (and gearshift knob) with built-in controls, automatic climate control and a twin-eye rear view camera.
The instruments have chrome rings on the dials, something you tend only to see on motorhomes at the higher end of the market. The sun visors are basic but good enough.
There’s no driver’s door, of course (the layout remains as per left-hand drive versions), but the passenger’s side door has a drinks holder and deep recesses for no end of documents and gadgets that you need on the road. Above the driver and passenger are two small, angular shelves. Their low lip and odd shape make them almost unusable, especially when driving.
The Integra Line range includes all the expected layouts but the 730 EB has an unusual floorplan for an A-class. Why? Because you expect a bedroom right at the back, but this model has its washroom at the rear, with two fixed single beds between the washroom and kitchen.
The single beds are low, making them perfect for anyone who prefers to sit down rather than climb up to their bed. There’s a compromise with the low beds and a rear washroom, though. The external storage space in the 730 EB is smaller compared to other models in the range. It has a 1,200-litre locker capacity, compared to as much as 3,000 litres of true garage space in other Eura Mobil models. Nevertheless, there is still plenty of storage overall, even if bikes will have to hang outside on a rear rack.
Swivel the cab seats around 180 degrees and you can recline them into lounge mode. Doing that highlights a small challenge with watching the television. The TV mount sits on the wall behind the driver, so seeing the screen from the driver’s seat might make it an awkward angle.
Hooks and a line of pockets by the habitation door are useful for hanging coats and storing keys or torches. A nice touch is the LED lights behind the habitation door handle.
The lounge itself is bright and airy, with its mix of white and larchwood surfaces. You can choose between two wood styles, namely the Navarra and Chalet styles. The designers selected a mix of matt walls and glossy cupboard doors, which make it look stylish.
Above the driver, passenger and lounge seats you’ll find novel lights set into the bottom of the cupboards. You push them on and off, making them ideal for reading and lighting up the lounge at night. And, you can angle them to point to where you need the light. The dimmable LED strips above the lounge illuminate the area well, adding to the bright feel.
The seats have a nice wrap-over design to make them look deeper. Stain-resistant, microfibre material makes for easy maintenance and they’re ideal for travel in different climates – you don’t stick to them when you’re wearing shorts in the heat. All the seats have contoured backs, which make them particularly comfortable. They’re a good height, so any adults with shorter legs won’t be left dangling them in thin air.
Look overhead and you’ll notice quilted ceilings, which prevent condensation and make it feel cosy. Also, there’s a big, wind-up skylight, so daylight floods in.
The adjustable tabletop slides in different directions or you can move it towards the side to widen the gangway back to the back. At a push you could sit five people around the table but, to be comfortable, four is more realistic.
Behind the lounge is the curvaceous galley. LED lights illuminate the kitchen surface, which has a three-burner gas hob and a sizeable stainless-steel sink with a cover that doubles as a chopping board. To the right are two brackets – insert one half of the sink cover into these and you have a ledge for extra surface space. Below are five deep, wide, contoured drawers and cupboards. The storage space they provide is impressive.
There’s an oven (no grill) above the fridge (a generous 160-litre unit), which makes it a stretch to reach for some motorhomers. Given the shape of the kitchen opposite, this is the only place the oven can go.
Underneath the seats and floor there’s more useful storage and vital equipment. In the lounge floor are three hatches, each with a 110mm-deep storage area beneath. The heater – an Alde ‘wet’ central heating system – is located in the seat behind the driver.
Between the kitchen and main bedroom is a panelled door with opaque glazing, so you can close off your bedroom if you have guests coming over for a drink. The lounge and kitchen still feel roomy and sociable and you can keep your space in the rear private.
Here, you’ll find two single beds with the washroom beyond. The bed on the nearside is the shorter of the two, at 1.86m, while the offside one is 2.10m. Each bed is 75cm off the floor – any higher and you might need a step. Between the mattress and wall there’s a gap to let heat circulate and above each bed there’s a reading lamp. It’s easy to sit up in bed and these beds feel firm and comfortable.
Concertina blinds keep out light and there are USB sockets in the shelf at the foot end of the offside bed, but there’s nowhere for a night-time drink.
Lift up the beds and gas struts keep the bases in place to reveal good locker space below. The batteries and electrics sit in the offside locker but look exposed and prone to knocks or damage. That said, there’s plenty of space here.
The drop-down bed above the cab makes this a four-berth and it’s easy enough to lower – unlock a catch and pull it into place, then hop onto it from the seat behind the driver’s chair.
This bed is 1.93m by 1.49m, with 0.75m of headroom and a small Heki skylight above. For storage at night there’s only one small shelf and reading lights are only on the offside. Anyone sleeping in the drop-down bed will have to walk through the main bedroom to get to the washroom, so this layout might not suit all.
However, the 730 EB’s washroom is a very good size and stretches across the width of the motorhome. Headroom is 1.95m and the loo has plenty of sitting and shoulder room. There’s a rail plus a double hook for towels but, although heating is by Alde, there’s no heated towel rail.
Washroom lighting is good, with spotlights on the cabinet mirror. Next to this is a convenient soap dispenser and glass for toothbrushes. Above the basin there’s an electric socket for any ‘grooming devices’.
In the shower, you have enough space for most people to move around with ease. There’s a slatted duckboard but above a vent to let steam out is absent. Opposite the shower is a tall wardrobe (1.32m).
On your hands and knees, you can see the attention to detail, including winterisation on the pipework and the insulated waste water tank. The 140-litre fresh water tank is inboard so you can be confident about winter camping. The 730 EB also has three external doors to access storage but, of course, there’s no garage with this type of layout.
There are two offside stowage areas – firstly, a horizontal locker just behind the rear wheel (710mm high by 800mm wide by 1.08m long, stretching to 1.65m long at its maximum).
Inside is the switch to empty the waste water tank, so you don’t dirty your hands. Then, a vertical locker on the rear offside corner is also the external access to the wardrobe in the washroom – it’s perfect for storing long items like skis or fishing rods.
Moving around the back, the 2019-model Integra Line has a new rear bumper section which includes LED lights. This model comes with alloy wheels, too.
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