Ahead of the family
Every season, we’ve come to rely on Adria to come up with something a bit different. Well, here’s 2019’s tourer offering.
It comes in at the top of the Adora line-up, but it’s bigger than its sisters – at well over 8m long and with a UK maximum body width of 2.45m. No surprise, then, that it’s a twin axle caravan. It might all seem a bit daunting to anyone with limited towing experience, but it’s worth looking at the overall logistics.
Like all Adora caravans, it’s on Al-Ko’s Delta axle chassis. The only difference is, this is the sole twin axle in the range.
It might seem a surprise to see no ATC or similar, as standard or even optional, but Adria has a counter to this: its A-frame is longer than most (it can also accommodate a bike rack), which always helps the overall towing stability. And Al-Ko’s Delta axle chassis is designed for superior handling, with independent suspension to each wheel and noticeably less roll when cornering. That said, proper loading is, as ever, the key to any caravan travelling well.
You’re obviously going to need a hefty tow car, most likely a 4×4, although keeping such a caravan permanently on-site is definitely a possibility. A probability, even.
Three-window front is just about all that can be called traditional about this caravan. There are tweaks to the exterior lighting and grab handles for 2019’s Adora models, and the Sava boasts heavy-duty corner steadies. It takes a lot of cues from the Alpina flagship range above, too. But, boy does this have that feeling of extra space when you’re on-site.
The large front lounge has U-shaped seating going right into the front of the ‘van rather than the traditional chest of drawers between parallel seating. There’s a flip-up top here for occasional use should you not wish to haul out the free-standing table from its dedicated locker next to the wardrobe. If you’re wondering about TV watching, there’s a flatscreen holder along with all relevant sockets to the back of the lounge area, just beyond the door. A factory-fitted Status 580 TV aerial is standard on all Adoras this season.
It’s more than just a feeling of spaciousness at the front end, although it’s certainly enhanced by Adria’s Sky-roof window overhead.
Mid-‘van accommodates a generous kitchen along the offside. Here, you get a three-gas-rings-in-a-line hob and sink combination – it’s an arrangement that really does free up lots of worktop space, especially as there’s also a drainer unit that fits on top of the hob. Under the counter, there’s a separate grill and oven, with some smart slide-out racking to its left and even smarter drawers to its right.
Next to all this is a slim-line, 142-litre fridge, (as per the rest of the Adora range for 2019), set up from floor level for easier access to its deep drawers.
You can call the Sava family-friendly by dint of the dinette and fixed bunk beds (with 70kg maximum weight limit) towards the back, where – again – you have that extra overall width to thank for the superior size fittings. A pleated divider offers some privacy here, although there’s still the question of access to the washroom for anyone staying up later/getting up earlier than the kids.
This is followed by a full-width washroom with generous shower cubicle in the nearside – it has bi-folding doors and a small rooflight, plus hanging rail and fully waterproof walls – and toilet plus window in the other corner. The centre area is taken by a “salad bowl” countertop basin, with double-door locker below. The upright pieces either side of the mirror are lockers too.
It’s all the more stylish for its continental styling, inside and out. Indeed, if you think the interior here is a bit restrained, check out the Alpina flagships in the next range up the portfolio.
Alde heating as standard points towards the Sava’s all-year-round capabilities. An obvious oversight, in this respect, however, is the lack of an in-board fresh water tank.
Leather upholstery is the only option to come from the Adria factory. Other items can, of course, be sorted by your dealer.
One thing is for sure, for style and space the Adora Sava is going to take some beating.
Verdict: Arms wide to welcome this family-friendly newcomer
Plus: Style, space
Minus: No in-board water tank
In-a-nutshell: Giving it large
There’s more information on the Adora range on the Adria website. To find out more about insuring this or your current caravan visit our caravan insurance discounts page.
Alternatives: Elddis Avante 866, Lunar Alaria TS
Adria Adora 623 DT Sava factfile
|Model||Adria Adora 623 DT Sava|
|Dimensions||8.29m L, 2.45m W, 2.58m H|
|MTPLM||1,900kg (upgradeable to 2,000kg)|
|RRP||from £23,975 on the road|
|Safety & security||Al-Ko stabiliser, Al-Ko Secure pre-fittings, smoke alarm, carbon monoxide detector, CRiS VIN Chip|
|Key options||Leather upholstery (£1,100), 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 Adora Sava caravan retailing at £23,975 fitted with Al-Ko Secure axle wheel lock and hitchlock and alarm.. Kept on drive at HX4 0BE behind locked gate post. Caravanners over 30 years old, claim free for three 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 12.5% online discount and 12% Insurance Premium Tax and is correct as of 11.9.18.