Base vehicle: Fiat Ducato Price from: £60,500 Berths: 4 Travel seats: 4/5 Length: 6.99m Width: 2.35m Height: 2.94m Gross weight: 3,500kg Payload: 500kg
You might not expect to find a family-orientated layout with bunk beds in an A-class line-up but, actually, Itineo offers three of them for 2021.
If that combination seems odd, bearing in mind that families rarely seem to have money to burn on anything but toys and nappies, then we should point out that Itineo’s A-classes are not priced in the £100k sector, but rather more reasonably at around £60k to £65k.
In fact, this Rapido Group brand has made a speciality out of building affordable A-class motorhomes – and its family models have proven especially popular.
The whole range gets a makeover for 2021 with a revised front featuring chrome strips on the redesigned grille and LED daytime running lights, and chrome featuring again on the rear bumper. There’s an insulated step well, too, with increased depth (and an electric step with the Life Pack).
Inside, changes include blue LED mood lighting in the shower and on the backlit acrylic strip adjacent to the kitchen. The ceiling is finished in a new colour and the cab beds now get a revised canopy with privacy curtain.
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In the lounge there’s a new open TV position and dual USB port, while the galley gets a new spice rack and the shower gains a rooflight and a new tray for increased headroom.
Those are the details. The headline story is the arrival of this new layout – the SC700. It takes themes that we’ve seen before from Itineo (especially the separate dinette for the kids) but integrates them into a brand-new design. This layout is unique on the market.
It’s at the very rear of the motorhome where the innovations take place. Here are a small dinette, a garage, and two bunk beds – all sharing the same space. Let us explain…
Arranged as a dinette, there’s a single inward-facing seat on each side and a wall-mounted table in between. There’s plenty of leg and headroom here, so lanky teenagers can stretch out, and the folding table is rock solid when erected.
A low cupboard on the offside provides an additional surface with twin USBs and a 230V socket adjacent.
In fact, the only downside as a secondary seating area is the limited view out – there’s no rear window and the offside window is mounted high, so the nearside offers the only vision of the outside world.
Don’t need the extra seats? Well, they both fold away and the table hangs flat against the back wall. Now you have a garage with offside loading door and internal height of up to 1.84m – that’s hard to match in any motorhome!
Width of the locker at floor level is a more limited 590mm and maximum load is 150kg, but there’s an optional exterior shower here to hose off your bikes before putting them on board.
Wave a magic wand – OK, you turn a key and press a button, and it’s all change again, with a pair of bunk beds electrically lowering from the ceiling, first one bed, then the other. They’re not just for little ones, either, as each mattress measures 1.97m by 0.70m.
The upper bunk has an opening window and a roof vent, plus a spotlight on the nearside wall, while headroom is 590mm. The bed beneath has slightly more sitting up space (640mm) and it, too, has an opening window and a reading light, plus illumination from the backlit panel on the end wall.
The occupant here also benefits from a bedside table with power points (the low cupboard mentioned earlier) and both beds get Bultex Comfort mattresses.
The toilet room door can be used to close off the kids’ bedroom, which also then includes an extra-large wardrobe with 1.05m drop from the rail, or more with the lower shelf removed, as well as enough floor space to get changed.
Alternatively, a sliding door can separate the rear of the motorhome (with bunk beds, wardrobe, shower and toilet) from the lounge and kitchen up front.
The washroom compartment is befitting of a more expensive motorhome and features the superior Dometic toilet, a stylish basin and bi-level worktop/shelf space for all your toiletries. Robe and flannel hooks are fitted, there’s a skylight for ventilation and a large mirror-fronted cupboard provides storage.
Opposite, you step up into the shower, which has headroom of at least 1.87m. It comes with another roof vent, a drying rail, a single drain in the centre of the tray and stylishly incorporated recesses for your shampoo, etc.
The kitchen is a typical continental L-shape with the giant 149-litre fridge/freezer opposite. The three-burner hob is set back in the counter to leave more preparation space in front, while a slot-in panel next to the sink increases worktop space.
An oven/grill is included as part of the Right-Hand Drive Pack (also adding Combi 6 gas/electric heating, Traction+ with Hill Descent Control, a leather steering wheel and chrome-ringed instruments) at no extra cost.
That robs you of drawer space (just one drawer remains, under the oven) but there’s still a large cupboard below the sink and handless top lockers and open shelves are fitted above.
Completing the layout is a super-sized front lounge that could easily seat seven. The side sofas (longer on the nearside) are joined here by swivel cab seats and a fixed table with fold-in-half top. For travel, the settees convert into a forward-facing seat on the offside and front and backward-facing seats on the nearside.
No extra cushions (except the headrest of the rear-facing pew) are required for the change and it’s a fairly easy process, but some cushions are left over and the bases are part-constructed from simple wooden seat boxes.
Various options are available on both the habitation area and the Fiat base vehicle (which has 140bhp as standard).
The key option (without which you’ll never see an Itineo) is the £1,250 Life Pack, which adds cab air-con, motorhome-specific ESC, cruise control, electric/heated mirrors, an electric step, habitation door with window, remote locking and flyscreen, a Kenwood DAB multimedia system with 6.8in screen, reversing camera and LED daytime running lights.
That makes for a pretty comprehensive spec for such a well-priced A-class, but it’s still the unique – and amazingly versatile – layout that is the star of the show.