Narrowing the focus
Careful with that name. At a centimetre short of 7m long, this is no compact motorhome. But, it is only 2.12m wide (typical coachbuilts are around the 2.30-2.50m range), making journeys down narrow roads (town or country), parking and the like, just that bit more feasible. So, compact by width if not by length – and those small centimetres can make a big difference.
It’s mere nit-picking for what is a thoroughly competent low-profile coachbuilt of style and quality, which is more suited to couples who want some luxury touring – that’s despite the four-berth seating and three-berth sleeping billings.
In upmarket Adria Supreme trim, this counts as a new model for the 2020 season. The all-silver bodywork is a good indicator, whilst inside the light furniture finishes and features such as large sunroof over the cab make sure the interior is light and airy.
Indeed, there’s little inside the Adria Compact Supreme to suggest it has a narrower main body. The floorplan features two single beds at the back (a shorter, sister model SP has a transverse double), although there’s little to do to make them into a full double, at some 1.93m x 1.55m.
There are fixed steps up to the beds, which in turn allows for optimum storage space in the garage below. It does mean you lose out when it comes to space for sitting up in bed, however, especially as there’s also a bank of high-level lockers along the back wall.
A third bed is made from the lounge seating, but can only ever be considered for very occasional use.
In normal daytime mode, the cab seats of the Compact Supreme swivel to face two short settees. There’s a fixed pedestal leg table that has fore and aft adjustment. It’s also hinged down the middle, so you can fold the top over for easiest possible access from the lounge to the rest of the living quarters.
For the record, then, the rear travel seating in this Adria Compact Supreme is a rather unusual combination. It’s relatively easy to create a forward-facing seat from the nearside settee but, on the other side, Adria’s designers have opted for a more complicated, rear-facing arrangement.
Aft of the lounge, the kitchen features Adria’s signature right-angled hob and sink arrangement – a real space-saver in that it allows some permanent worktop to the front of the three gas rings.
Praise to Adria for putting drawers ahead of lockers as the main areas for kitchen storage, too. Also standard is a Thetford Duplex oven/grill, with a 90-litre fridge to the chef’s left, set high off floor level for easy access.
Washroom facilities are clever, too. First, there’s a space-efficient tambour door whilst inside there’s a clever hinged wall set-up that means you can swing the counter-top basin and its bulkhead away to create a shower cubicle, as needed.
The only downside is a relative lack of storage, although items such as the drop-down hanging rail for wet clothing will come in handy and surfaces that are easy to wipe clean will always be appreciated.
Among other noteworthy features in the Adria Compact Supreme are heating and hot water, courtesy of Truma’s proven Combi system; the fresh water tank has a 140-litre capacity, but waste is only 85; plus there’s pre-wiring for a solar panel and satellite TV dish.
It all sits on the Camper version of Fiat’s Ducato chassis-cab, a unit with wider rear track and lower centre of gravity. Fiat’s latest 140bhp engine is standard, with other power and transmission offerings available.
Finally, as with all Adrias (indeed, any other motorhome), there are numerous Packs to consider, as well as other key, individual factory-fit optional extras. Budget for at least an extra £5,000 spend on the window price for the standard model and you’re well on your way.
In this video, we take a look around the Adria Compact Supreme DL at the 2020 Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show.
Verdict: Complete luxury for two (plus a bit more)
Plus: Smart looks and good quality build, clever washroom
Minus: Small waste tank, can’t sit up fully in bed
In-a-nutshell: Silver slim
There’s more information on the Compact range on the Adria website. Find out more about insuring this or your current motorhome on our motorhome insurance discounts page.
Alternatives: Burstner Travel Van 620 G, Knaus Van TI 650 MEG, Hymer Exsis-t 474
Adria Compact Supreme DL factfile
|Model||Adria Compact Supreme DL|
|Base vehicle||Fiat Ducato|
|Dimensions||6.99m L, 2.12m W, 2.78m H|
|RRP||From £57,000 on the road|
|Safety & security||Electronic immobiliser, twin airbags, ABS with EBD (electronic braking distribution), day-running lights, Fix&Go kit (no spare wheel|
|Key options||Luxury Pack (£3,060), Pack 2 (£2,590), Pack 1 (£1,820), Safety Pack (£890), 160bhp engine (£1,850), automatic transmission (£2,950, with 160bhp upgrade only), solar panel (£490), leather upholstery (£1,360), towbar with electrics (£1,190)|