Andy Jenkinson

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Join us inside the new Lunar Quasar 674 to discover if this end-washroom, island-bed, twin-axle caravan is the spacious model couples have been waiting for

Overview

The Quasar range of Lunar caravans is favoured by both couples and families, thanks to a comparatively low weight (a well-known Lunar trait) and a good level of equipment at a sensible price-point.

For 2017, the Quasar gets new graphics and bathroom upgrades. But the big news is the arrival of a new model at the top of the range: please welcome the 674.

It is a twin-axle caravan with a transverse-island-bed layout complete with an end washroom. And at a quid short of £20k, the Lunar Quasar 674 looks good on paper.

Its manufacturer is hoping the four-berth will appeal to couples wanting a good-value, spacious fixed-bed tourer. So how does it stack up?

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Pitching and setting up

The Lunar Quasar 674 comes on an Al-Ko chassis and has twin axles, smart graphics and full-height ABS panels front and rear, which add to the good looks.

It also has an AKS hitch stabiliser and there are alloy wheels plus an extra-large new skylight with neat lighting in its surround.

The battery box is placed at the nearside front, which is the same side as you’ll find the exterior access hatch. However, all of the other service points, such as the locker for the toilet cassette, are placed on the offside.

The front locker is large enough for other items as well as 5kg and 7kg gas bottles, while the Quasar also has the latest Status TV aerial as standard.

Setting up is easy, with good access to the standard-size corner steadies, while the grabhandles are set at a comfortable height. However, it’s a shame that there’s no gas barbecue point as standard.

Nevertheless, a smart exterior profile with smooth sidewalls, refreshed graphics and quality ABS mouldings, as well as three opening front windows, completes the good first impressions of the 674.

Lounge

The front lounge area is spacious, light and bright, aided by those large front windows and the new full-length skylight. The new soft furnishings are in grey with blue scatter cushions and matching curtains, which give the interior a contemporary feel.

Four adults will be more than comfortable enough to sit here for an evening. A central chest of drawers offers a slide-out coffee table plus a cupboard beneath.

There’s a warm-air vent here, although we reckon two would be better for cold evenings. The heating is by Truma’s blown-air system, which should keep most parts of the 674 warm on the coldest of days. There are also mains and 12V sockets here.

The front seat bases have full-length drop-down flaps, which means easier access to bedding. There are also six large roof lockers finished off with white bands and chromed handles.

Night-time illumination is via front wall-mounted oblong LED lights and four LED corner spots. The ceiling lights in the skylight surround are, as is usual in Lunar caravans, excellent.

Kitchen

The Quasar 674’s kitchen worktop can be extended with a fold-up extension. A smart new splashback has been added for 2017, together with a new chrome tap design.

There’s great storage, with three lockers above and a big cupboard helping to make the kitchen more practical.

A separate oven and grill plus a dual-fuel hob (three gas burners, one electric) come as standard, and the sink unit is stainless-steel with a clip-on drainer. A mains socket is also fitted here, though we’d like to have seen a pair of them.

The 674’s kitchen also comes with a Dometic fridge/freezer. It is a slimline design and is placed opposite the main kitchen area. Above the fridge is a microwave, although it’ll be a touch high for some users.

A mini Heki and a side window aid ventilation, while illumination is via excellent LED ambient and task lighting.

In summary, the kitchen is a good design, and preparing meals for four should be no problem for the cook.

Washroom

Whenever you step into Lunar caravans, it is always clear that plenty of thought has gone into its washrooms. Here we have a full-width end washroom with a sliding door.

It comes with an electric-flush Thetford cassette loo. There’s also a side window as well as a rooflight, although we would have liked to have seen another in the shower area in lieu of the fixed small vent.

The latter lets in a fair amount of light, though, and the shower cubicle itself is a very good size.

The smart new bowl sink comes with a domestic-style pop-up plug and a new tap, and there’s a cupboard beneath that provides good storage. The mirror has LED downlighters.

Beds

The 674's lounge area can be used as two short single berths, but most will use the front end as a double bed.

This is easily tackled with simple and new-for-2017 slide-out seat-base extensions – so no pulling out slats that have a habit of derailing. The cushions then slide easily into place, which makes it into a large and comfortable double bed.

The main sleeping area is the rear master bedroom, where the transverse island bed is placed. It slides in during the day to aid passage to the end washroom.

At 6ft long, the bed is a good size and the mattress provides decent support. If that’s not enough, an optional mattress extension takes it up to a generous 6ft 4in long.

Storage

This is where the Lunar Quasar 674 really shines.

The overhead lockers are deep and the kitchen area offers plenty of storage options, with large cupboards. There are also two cubby holes by the entrance door plus a TV shelf and a wall-mounted set of shelves.

Step into the rear bedroom and storage also abounds. The twin wardrobes have drawers in their bases while overhead lockers above the double bed increase your options.

There are also several small shelves by the TV fixture in the rear bedroom – the designers have made the most of the space and the 674 gets top marks here.

Technical specs

Berth4
MiRO1349kg
Payload181kg
MTPLM1530kg
Interior length6.4m
Shipping length7.82m
Width2.2m
Awning size1070cm

Verdict

The new 674 is a good addition to the Quasar range of Lunar caravans, thanks to a spacious interior with ample storage for four. It’s well screwed together and the LED lighting does a great job.

We would have liked a barbecue point as standard and a bonded roof, which would have added that bit of extra strength.

But these are minor criticisms and this well-respected line-up of tourers is now going to appeal to even more buyers.

Conclusion

Pros

  • A lightweight design and a decent spec
  • It has a large front gas locker
  • This is a spacious van with lots of storage
  • The end washroom is very good
  • The LED night lighting is excellent

Cons

  • There's no gas barbecue point
  • It does not have a bonded roof
  • The microwave is set a little too high for some
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