Hey, silver lining
Goodbye Astella, hello Alpina. Adria’s 40-plus year’s history of exporting caravans to the UK has never seen it afraid to challenge our perceptions – whatever the price level. Here, we’re looking distinctly top-end, as the previous Astella models are superseded by something equally arresting – the Alpina.
There are two Alpinas for the season ahead – the Missouri 613 UC, here, with an island bed at the back; same-size sister the Colorado 613 UL has twin single beds. Both are Al-Ko’s premium Delta chassis – it’s little seen here in the UK, but it’s key premise is superior handling, especially as Adria’s UK Pack gives us such essentials as Al-Ko stability control, plus a spare wheel with holder.
The all-silver bodywork is certainly striking. As has become the norm for Adrias, it boasts a tough GRP finish to the walls and roof. The front and rear panels are ABS and there’s aluminium sideskirting. There’s 10 years’ water ingress protection, too. The “stand-on” drawbar may look a bit “continental”, but the extended A-frame is another portent for better towing. This is a tourer that’s getting on for 8m in total length.
It’s wide, too – at 2.46m – something that translates into a genuinely spacious feel as soon as you step inside.
It’s a very open front lounge, with three-window front and a huge opening sunroof. As well as high backrests, the U-shaped seating includes corner head restraints.
The concave furniture, with lockers in a high-gloss cream finish (that will also be easy to wipe clean), adds to the elegance.
There’s a distinctly contemporary visage to the extended kitchen, too, with Dometic three-ring hob and sink combination and a noticeably less modern-looking Thetford Midi Prima separate oven and grill unit. There’s a white drainer piece that sits over the hob, plus a sink cover that also doubles up as a chopping board.
It’s all rather sleek, with plenty of worktop space, too. Storage is courtesy of two large soft-close drawers and a floor locker, whilst Thetford’s narrow but generous capacity (142 litres) fridge should cater for all your chilling needs.
The lounge’s free-standing table has a convenient, dedicated locker next to the oven.
There’s also plenty of innovation in the washroom. The bench toilet may seem a bit of a throwback, but in reality it fits in here far better than a swivel-bowl model – it’s also far easier to maintain hygiene, because everything’s sealed off at a higher level.
The shower cubicle has just the one, small plughole and – surprisingly – there’s no riser bar for the shower itself. It’s on the wheel arch, too, which means you either get a handy foot rest or floor space is a bit compromised. It depends on your point of view.
In honesty, the shower facility is the one area that disappoints. You’d expect proper plastic lining at this price level and there’s nowhere obvious to put your soap, shampoo etc.
If you’ll forgive the pun, the bedroom is a dream. That bed is set at a convenient height and there’s good space around both sides, with same-size wardrobes and lower-level lockers (but no bedside tables, as such). It also comes with an adjustable backrest.
Strangely, only a pleated divider separates it from the rest of the ‘van.
That UK Pack also provides the flyscreen door, loose fit carpets, sink drainer plus cover/chopping board and Bluetooth connectivity.
Adria prefers to leave the optional extras with dealers, but you could consider a stereo (speakers are pre-wired), air conditioning (all the wiring is already in place), smart controls for the Alde system and plenty more before you encroach too much into that sub-200kg payload. If you want a bit more payload, and have the towcar to cope, there’s a chassis upgrade option to 2,000kg.
Having come this far, though, you’ll surely want to turn on the style that bit further.
Verdict: Adria adds a dash to its new range-toppers
Plus: Contemporary design and fittings, quality bodywork
Minus: Shower not the most practical
In-a-nutshell: Style meets substance
There’s more information on the Alpina range on the Adria website. To find out more about insuring this or your current caravan visit our caravan insurance discounts page.
Alternatives: Coachman VIP 545, Elddis Crusader Aurora, Hobby Excellent 540UFF, Sterling Elite 560/Swift Conqueror 560
Adria Alpina Missouri 613 UC factfile
|Model||Adria Alpina Missouri 613 UC|
|Dimensions||8.25m L, 2.46m W, 2.60m H|
|RRP||from £27,640 on the road|
|Safety & security||Al-Ko ATC, Al-Ko AKS stabiliser, Al-Ko Secure pre-fittings, smoke alarm, carbon monoxide detector, CRiS|
|Key options||Leather upholstery (£tbc), for other options refer to dealer|
Note: All details correct at time of publication but may be subject to change.
*Caravan insurance cost based on Adria Alpina Missouri 613 UC caravan retailing at £27,640 fitted with hitchlock, standard fit Al-Ko Secure wheel lock and Al-Ko ATC electronic anti-snaking plus additional tracker. Kept on drive at HX4 0BE. Caravanners over 30 years old, claim free for 3 years and a member of a caravanning club. £100 excess. 180 days European cover and up to £75 per day for up to 15 days emergency accommodation cover included. Legal expenses cover, extended European cover and other emergency accommodation expenses cover options are available at extra cost. Quote includes 10% online discount and 9.5% Insurance Premium Tax and is correct as of 5.9.16.