Are you looking for a family caravan, or a couples’ van with extra space for overnight visitors, should you have guests? The Practical Caravan Awards 2023 are here to help. Our team of experts have used our decades of collective experience to judge the best 4 berth caravan on the market, as well as revealing our shortlisted choices.

We’ve taken a look at the latest releases from the biggest brands, including Adria, Swift, Bailey and more, to pick out the models we consider to be the best. You can also find the models we’ve selected as the best 4 berth caravans from recent years, including the vans that were shortlisted last year, with brands such as Coachman, Sprite, Knaus and more all appearing.

You can find out more about these brands by reading our guide to the best caravan manufacturers.

This year, we’ve picked out the Adria Altea 622DP Dart as the best four berth caravan on the market; its excellent spec and great storage are just two of the features that helped it win.

How we pick the best 4 berth caravan

Unlike a family tourer – which could have berths for four, five or six – a four berth caravan can serve as a great base for couples who want to tour with that bit of extra space, while also having room for occasional guests to stay.

As a result, when we were compiling our shortlist, we were looking at factors including the layout, the ease of putting the extra beds together, the value for money it offers and more.

We’re well placed to be assessing this – our expert team have decades of touring experience between us, helping us to develop a keen sense of what to look out for when picking the best 4 berth caravan.

We frequently test the latest tourers on the market, with over 400 models included in our caravan reviews section. Each review is honest, as we draw attention to the pros and the cons of each model – you can find out more about our testing process on our About Us page.

As well as this, we run the Owner Satisfaction Awards, where our readers offer an insight into their buying experience.

Combining this allows us to start drawing up our initial shortlist of the tourers we think could be worth including, before whittling it down to create a final list. Below, you’ll be able to see the vans we included on our shortlist for the best 4 berth caravan, as well as the reasons why we included them.

The winner of the best 4 berth caravan is:

Adria Altea 622DP Dart

The lounge of the Adria Altea 622DP Dart
  • Price: £27,970
  • Berths: 4
  • MiRO: TBC
  • Payload: TBC
  • Shipping length: 8.26m
  • Width: 2.30m

Reason to buy:

  • Excellent spec for its price, great storage

Reason to avoid:

  • Very modern interior may not be to everyone’s liking

The Adria Altea Dart is a four-berth caravan with a fixed island bed caravan layout, ideal for parents with young children.

The central washroom offers a separate shower, while the toilet is opposite. The side kitchen provides an oven and three-burner hob, ideal for keeping a family of four fed.

The caravan boasts great storage, while the front lounge offers a cosy family area with wraparound seating, the front end of which can be made into a large double bed.

The Dart looks better than ever after its new makeover, now coming with a larger front window, along with a smarter profile and graphics. It’s also a relatively lightweight tourer for its size and layout.

Full review: Adria Altea Dart

Also on the shortlist for the best 4 berth caravan are:

Swift Sprite Grande Major 4 SB

  • Price: £26,895
  • Berths: 4
  • MTPLM: 1507kg
  • MiRO: 1351kg
  • Payload: 156kg
  • Length: 7.54m
  • Width: 2.46m

Reason to buy:

  • Spacious family tourer, only one axle

Reason to avoid:

  • Only a three-burner hob

As a Sprite Super, the Major 4 SB was always a great prospect for mid-size families with mid-size budgets wanting space in their caravan. With only four beds to make space for, there is obviously more room to move around, so you can have an island bed in the rear, and a large front lounge. And having just the one axle, and therefore coming in with a lower MTPLM, means that you don’t need to go for a particularly heavy and expensive tow car either.

Now Sprite Super has become Sprite Grande, and for 2023 the whole Sprite range has been enhanced further, with new bolder graphics and a graphite front gas locker lid.

Internally, there are new soft furnishings and also a furniture finish in a fashionable light grey grain. This creates a fresh look for an old favourite.

The end washroom in the Major 4 SB has a separate shower cubicle and a modern, practical hand basin with storage beneath. The side kitchen is well equipped.

The four of you will be well catered for storage too, with two wardrobes. It all makes for a superb and spacious tourer for a family of four.

Bailey Alicanto Grande Evora

The Bailey Alicanto Grande Evora
  • Price: £38,499
  • Berths: 4
  • MTPLM: 1855kg
  • MiRO: 1694kg
  • Payload: 160kg
  • Shipping length: 7.86m
  • Width: 2.45m

Reason to buy:

  • Loads of space, plenty of storage

Reason to avoid:

  • Table can be hard to retrieve from under the bed.

In the wake of the lockdown, the Evora is the only new model Bailey has launched this season. But it’s a useful one, because it brings a popular transverse island bed and end washroom layout into what is the Bristol manufacturer’s most exclusive range – offering top notch spec in eight feet of width, as you would expect from one of the best four berth caravans.

The lounge of the Bailey Alicanto Grande Evora

This is obviously good news for families. But adults will also be pleased to know that while the front lounge is nice and big and easily converts into beds your children will not complain about, Bailey has redesigned the rear bedroom in ways that make it feel much more like home for the adults too. You won’t find the usual thin wardrobes hemming in the bed, for example. Instead, you get one large wardrobe in the rear corner with two hanging rails – more than enough space for everyone!

The rear washroom and in particular it shower cubicle should also be big enough even for growing teenagers to get washed and dressed in.

There are nice extra touches in this 4 berth caravan too, like the wine rack by the oven and the wireless charging pad by the door – it’s additions like this that helped it to win the best caravan over £30,000 category.

You can get more inspiration from the manufacturer by taking a look at our Bailey caravans round-up.

Full review: Bailey Alicanto Grande Evora

Coachman Acadia 545

The Coachman Acadia 545
  • Price: £30,850
  • Berths: 4
  • MTPLM: 1585kg
  • Payload: 155kg
  • MiRO: 1430kg
  • Length: 7.39m
  • Width: 2.26m

Reason to buy:

  • Comfy rear washroom, good payload for a single axle

Reason to avoid:

  • Loo position means cassette access would come within any awning

The smallest, lightest model in Coachman’s cheapest range has been redesigned for the 2023 season, primarily in the washroom. The once fashionable layout of having a washbasin in front of a central pillar has been scrapped in favour of a new plan where the loo and washbasin are on the nearside, and the large shower cabinet is on the offside, with a space for getting dressed in between that is completely partitioned off.

The lounge area of the Coachman Acadia 545

Parents who, while they love having family holidays, still want somewhere where they can retreat to might value this arrangement as that central washroom does create something of a barrier between you and the rest of the caravan.

But the kids, or whoever is in the front lounge, should not feel short changed. The side kitchen has plenty of space to create a large meal too.

Full review: Coachman Acadia 545

  • Are you looking for a more compact tourer instead? Then our best small caravan round-up is worth a look.

These are the 4 berth caravans we shortlisted last year:

Last year, we picked out the Adria Adora Tiber as the best 4 berth caravan on the market – the 8ft wide tourer really impressed our judging panel, with features such as the stylish interior and the space it offers securing top spot for the tourer. Here, you can see what we made of it, as well as the other shortlisted 4 berth caravans.

Adria Adora Tiber

Best-4-berth caravan, Practical Caravan Awards 2022
  • Price: £28,585
  • Berths: 4
  • MTPLM: 1800-1900kg (depending on whether you go for a chassis upgrade)
  • MiRO: 1610kg
  • Shipping length: 8.24m

Reasons to buy:

  • Smart and spacious interior

Reasons to avoid:

  • Slightly compact washroom

With its extra-large in-line panoramic window and stylish interior, it’s no surprise that the Adora Tiber was the best four berth caravan at the Practical Motorhome Awards 2022. Adria’s caravans are full of smart design touches such as alloy wheels, wind diffusers and easy access storage that make all the difference when it comes to a purchasing decision.

It also has an AL-Ko chassis with AKS stabiliser coupling. The Adora range has four layouts, with the Tiber offering a rear bed central washroom. Inside, the smart lighting, well-equipped kitchen and supremely comfortable bed are huge plus points. The washroom is also nicely laid out and well featured, although perhaps a bit on the compact side.

We also like the little extras such as bluetooth amplifier, USB ports and the easy to use digital control panel. All-in-all, It’s easy to see how this model made it onto our list of the best caravans.

Read our full review: Adria Adora Tiber

Adria Alpina Colorado

  • Price: £35,585
  • Berths: 4
  • MTPLM: 2000kg
  • MiRO: 1766kg
  • Shipping length: 8.24m

The Colorado is ideal for four, with the twin beds perfect for children and the grown-ups able to use the front lounge. Well-suited for all-year-round use, it also features a large front opening sunroof.

Swift Challenger 560

  • Price: £27,495
  • Berths: 4
  • MTPLM: 1550kg
  • MiRO: 1394kg
  • Shipping length: 7.54m

One of the most stylish looking tourers on the UK market, the Challenger 560 is a real head turner. It offers a rear-end island fixed bed with a mid-placed washroom and a large front lounge area, ideal for four to sit in comfort.

Bailey Discovery D4-4

Bailey Discovery D4-4
  • Price: £19,399
  • Berths: 4
  • MTPLM: 1206kg
  • MiRO: 1059kg
  • Shipping length: 7.14m

Reasons to buy:

  • Smart interior

Reasons to avoid:

  • No microwave

The Discovery is distinctive and light in weight, ideal for a family with a smaller tow car (our guide to the best small tow cars can help you find one, if you’re looking). It offers a side-fixed double bed and a practical rear-end washroom. The front lounge holds four comfortably, where a large window allows plenty of natural light to flood in.

We think the presence of a 103-litre fridge is useful, as it’s more than capable of storing enough food for a family of four. Something we did notice with the kitchen is you don’t get a microwave – instead, you need to make do with a combined oven and grill, along with a three-burner.

It’s also worth noting that if you’re looking for extra kitchen work space, you’ll need to open the extension, although we found that doing so ends up impinging on the seating space you get in the front lounge.

The TV point is handily positioned in the centre of the van too, so you can either have it facing the fixed bed or lounge.

When it comes to storage, you will find plenty beneath the double bed. A wardrobe also offers somewhere to hang clothes, while the kitchen comes with two overhead lockers.

You’ll find additional space in the lounge, with a single overhead locker on both sides, as well as room under the settees.

Read our review: Bailey Discovery D4-4

Bailey Unicorn Vigo

  • Price: £27,799
  • Berths: 4
  • MTPLM: 1600kg
  • MiRO: 1430kg
  • Shipping length: 7.34m

Reasons to buy:

  • Excellent fixed bed
  • Wide front window

Reasons to avoid:

  • Washroom has a clear window

Features of note include the stylish front window, the transverse fixed bed, end washroom and the front lounge, which easily converts into a double bed.

You’ll notice lockers run all the way up to the front in the lounge, providing some useful storage in an area that is well-lit by the large front window, now 50% bigger than in previous generations.

The kitchen has a decent work surface that comes with an extension, while the well-lit area has the Alde heating controls and two sockets in ideal positions. A separate oven and grill combine with a microwave to give you cooking options.

The washroom includes a good shower cubicle, although it only has a single drainage hole and there is also a clear window.

Something you’re certain to love in this van is the comfortable bed. It’s larger than in previous generations, which has been achieved by making the wardrobes curve around the edge of the bed. The settees are probably too small to be used as adult singles but can come together with pull-out slats to create a large double.

Full review: Bailey Unicorn Vigo

Hobby Maxia 495 UL

  • Price: £29,595
  • Berths: 4
  • MTPLM: 1750kg
  • MiRO: 1450kg
  • Shipping length: 7.20m

The Maxia makes a comfortable 4 berth with a well designed centre washroom, while the roof locker storage is another great – and practical – feature. The tourer has fixed front single beds plus a rear L-shaped lounge area.

Bailey Phoenix Plus 642

Bailey Phoenix Plus 642
  • Price: £21,699
  • Berths: 4
  • MTPLM: 1410kg
  • MiRO: 1255kg
  • Shipping length: 7.37m

Reasons to buy:

  • Impressive spec
  • Well-lit thanks to central window

Reasons to avoid:

  • Compact washroom

Fixed twin beds and a front double make this a great tourer for four. With its lightweight build, the 642 is a great choice for those wanting a 4 berth with an upmarket spec – at an affordable price.

The presence of a large central window ensures you get access to a huge amount of light. The kitchen is well-equipped too; while there’s no worktop extension, you get enough space provided so are unlikely to need one anyway.

You’ll also find space for a TV on the sideboard in the lounge – and if you need help looking for one, be sure to take a look at our best caravan TV guide. Two heating vents for the Trim Combi 2 heater will ensure you stay warm while relaxing on the comfortable settees too.

We did think the washroom was compact but overall, this is an excellent 4-berth caravan.

Read our full review: Bailey Phoenix Plus 642

We also recommend the following 4 berth caravans from recent years

These are some of the best 4 berth caravans from recent years, as picked by our team of experts.

Elddis Osprey 550 Special Edition (2020)

Elddis Osprey 550
  • Price: £21,899
  • Berths: 4
  • MiRO: 1259kg
  • MTPLM: 1412kg
  • Payload: 153kg
  • Length: 7.39m
  • Width: 2.26m

If you’re looking for a luxury 4 berth caravan, this should definitely be on your shortlist. It’s a dealer special from Raymond James, based in Warwickshire, based on the popular Elddis Avanté 550, which features a longitudinal island bed and a cleverly designed en-suite washroom. 

It includes a lot of enhancements, including a Stargazer rooflight, an external barbecue point and carpeting, to name but a few. The kit level in this van is really impressive.

This caravan is ideal for couples that may have occasional guests looking for a caravan with more space and luxury touches, and it looks good, too. It’s not perfect, though – kitchen storage may be tight for a family of four on tour, and if you’re using the lounge sofas as singles, they come up a little short. 

Check our comprehensive review of the Elddis Osprey 550 Special Edition to find out more of this caravan’s many attributes.

Bailey Unicorn Black Edition Vigo (2020)

Bailey Unicorn Black Edition Vigo
  • Price: £24,999
  • Berths: 4
  • MiRO: 1344kg
  • MTPLM: 1499kg
  • Payload: 155kg
  • Length: 7.36m
  • Width: 2.28m

Bailey has refreshed their luxury Unicorn range this season, making it more stylish and luxurious than ever. This particular model is great for a couple as well as a larger group, and the upgrades have made it sportier, with a lot of the major changes happening on the outside. 

This model boasts a transverse island bed and a rear washroom – a popular layout for couples. It’s not quite top of the range, but it certainly has some high-end touches, and the large kitchen is particularly appealing. 

One slight downside is that the front double is made up with pull-out slats, but if you’re only using it occasionally, this shouldn’t be a deal breaker.

Find out if this caravan could be suitable for you in our full review of the Bailey Unicorn Black Edition Vigo.

Coachman Laser Xcel 850 (2019)

Coachman Laser Xcel 850
  • Price: £35,400
  • Berths: 4
  • MiRO: 1767kg
  • MTPLM: 1927kg
  • Payload: 160kg
  • Length: 7.9m
  • Width: 2.44m

The Coachman Laser Xcel 850 boasts our Best Luxury Tourer award from our 2019 Tourer of the Year Awards.

This model joins the 8ft-wide club on a twin-axle, and makes great use of the extra space with a spacious bedroom and a well-planned washroom. The front lounge has parallel settees and plenty of daylight from the windows, rooflight and sunroof, making it very pleasant for lounging and a spacious make-up double. 

There’s an L-shaped kitchen unit, and an impressive central washroom that boasts plenty of storage space, a window, and a circular shower with a useful clothes hook. 

It’s not the lightest 4 berth caravan you’ll find, but it is very well kitted out. 

Read our review: Coachman Laser Xcel 850

Sprite Super Quattro EB (2020)

Sprite Super Quattro
  • Price: £22,400
  • Berths: 4
  • MiRO: 1500kg
  • MTPLM: 1705kg
  • Payload: 205kg
  • Length: 7.98m
  • Width: 2.46m 

This new addition to Sprite’s entry-level range is a great option for families, with a family-friendly layout in an 8ft-wide tourer. We’d recommend adding the Diamond Pack, though, to make sure you’ve got all the stabilising assistance you can get, as it’s fairly hefty. 

The extra space gives the opportunity to include a comfortable fixed bed, although you may miss having a second dinette where the kids could hang out. 

Design-wise, this caravan has a lot going for it, including a bright and family-friendly lounge, a surprisingly well-equipped kitchen for an entry-level caravan, and a sliding partition door to create separate sleeping spaces. 

Read more about the Sprite Super Quattro EB in our full review to find out if it could be your ideal family van. 

Adria Altea Dart 622DP (2020)

Adria Altea Dart 622DP
  • Price: £20,195
  • Berths: 4
  • MiRO: 1539kg
  • MTPLM: 1500kg
  • Payload: 157kg
  • Length: 8.29m
  • Width: 2.29m 

This new model in Adria’s entry-level Altea range is a worthy addition to the line-up, with revamped interiors and an improved kit-level. 

The layout features a lounge with wrap-around seating that can be made up into a comfortable double, a kitchen with excellent storage and an improved kit level, a mid-ships split washroom including a one-piece sealed shower unit, and a fixed island bed in the rear bedroom. 

The island bed offers plenty of storage, and overall, this caravan has plenty of space for a family of four going on tour, although we do expect it to be more suitable for couples looking for a bit of extra space. 

To find out why, read our full review of the Adria Altea Dart 622DP.

Swift Challenger X 880 (2020)

Swift Challenger X 880
  • Price: £28,765
  • Berths: 4
  • MiRO: 1481kg
  • MTPLM: 1642kg
  • Payload: 161kg
  • Length: 7.54m
  • Width: 2.45m 

Adding to the 8ft-wide offering from Swift, the Challenger X line-up features this model that boasts a transverse fixed bed. It also happens to be one of the best-looking caravans on the market, and is roomy enough for a family of four. 

The amount of storage and well-planned kitchen make this a great option, however ATC is not included as standard. You’ll also want to keep an eye on the payload. There’s a Lux Pack that adds some great features, though. 

There’s no option of single beds in the front lounge, as the sofas are a little short, but it does make up into a huge double bed. The stand-out feature is that all-important fixed transverse bed; the Duvalay foam mattress makes it very comfortable.

Find out more about the Swift Challenger X 880 in our independent review. 

Bailey Alicanto Grande Sintra (2020)

Bailey Alicanto Grande Sintra
  • Price: £28,499
  • Berths: 4
  • MiRO: 1441kg
  • MTPLM: 1624kg
  • Payload: 155kg
  • Length: 7.38m
  • Width: 2.45m 

If you’re looking for ‘wow’ factor, this could be the caravan of your dreams.

It benefits from being one of three new 8ft-wide caravans in Bailey’s Alicanto range, with a transverse island bed and a spacious end washroom that make it perfect for families of four, or couples that want some extra space and options for overnight visitors. 

This model has a comfortable lounge, a functional kitchen and a very spacious washroom.

Bear in mind the tow car limitations, and this could be the perfect seasonal or touring caravan for many couples and families.

Read about the details of the Bailey Alicanto Grande Sintra in our full review of the 2020 model. 

Knaus Sport Silver 400LK (2019)

Knaus Sport Silver
  • Price: £16,499
  • Berths: 4
  • MiRO: 900kg
  • MTPLM: 1100kg
  • Payload: 200kg
  • Length: 5.99m
  • Width: 2.32m 

Those looking for an ultra lightweight family caravan would be foolish to overlook the Knaus Sport Silver 400LK. It’s surprising how much versatility can be fitted into a sub-6m caravan. 

The weights of this caravan certainly offer it up to a larger market, but it’s the build quality and reasonable price that really sell it.

It’s a good value van with two dinettes, a comfortable lounge, a compact side kitchen and a well-finished washroom as well as the comfortable rear single bed that has a fold-down bunk above it and the make-up double in the front lounge. 

There are more details in our full review of the Knaus Sport Silver 400LK which, although it was slightly lower in our star-rating, still makes a great starter caravan for families with a limited budget. 

Lunar Venus 550/4 (2019)

Lunar Venus 550 4
  • Price: £17,899
  • Berths: 4
  • MiRO: 1166kg
  • MTPLM: 1320kg
  • Payload: 154kg
  • Length: 7.2m
  • Width: 2.21m 

This end-washroom model from Lunar benefits from a significantly upgraded spec, helping it to be selected as our Best Van for Small Families in last years’ Tourer of the Year Awards. 

It’s a great van for a small family with a limited budget, with a surprisingly well-equipped kitchen. It even has some stylish upgrades, such as the Skyview rooflight and up-to-date furnishings.

Find out more about this family-friendly caravan in our full review of the Venus 550/4

Coachman Acadia 675 (2020)

Coachman Acadia 675
  • Price: £25,400
  • Berths: 4
  • MiRO: 1555kg
  • MTPLM: 1715kg
  • Payload: 160kg
  • Length: 7.9m
  • Width: 2.26m 

This caravan is new in Coachman’s 2020 range, and it’s nice to see them bringing this popular layout into a lower price bracket. This twin-axle would make an ideal seasonal tourer, with lots of space and a large kitchen to boot. 

With a comfortable transverse bed at the rear, and an easy to set up front double, accommodating a family of four shouldn’t be a problem.

Read our full review of the Coachman Acadia 675 to find out more. 


Those looking for a couples’ van might like to check out our 10 best 2 berth caravans. Alternatively, if you’re constricted by budget, you may like to consult our list of the best caravans under £20,000. If you’re budget can stretch a bit further, we’ve also compiled a list of the best caravans over £30,000

Perhaps you’d rather have a hand with getting your caravan looking spotless? If so, be sure to take a look at our guide to the best caravan cleaners

Or what about a motorhome? Check out some of these options Best 2 berth motorhomes, Best 4 berth motorhomes, Best 6 berth motorhomes and more

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