Adria carries out a major revamp on one of its ranges every year. Last year, the changes mainly concerned the entry-level Altea, so for 2021, the focus has moved up to the Adoras, the mid-market line-up that accounts for 60% of the Slovenian firm’s caravan sales worldwide.
At this season’s launch, we had a full view of the new-look Isonzo. All Adria caravans sold in the UK are named after rivers, but you get the feeling that this four-berth with rear transverse island bed and end washroom holds a special place in the company’s heart – it is one of only two named after a Slovenian river.
Pitch and set up
The really big change for all Adoras is the exterior, and in particular, the front and back panels. In an effort to improve towing efficiency, the company sought the advice of a designer of microlight aircraft, to come up with the new-look front panels.
Those metal strips you see extending up from the two vertical grab handles are not just there to look pretty. They also act as wind diffusers, to give the whole outfit less resistance on the road.
This is quite impressive, because Adoras already come with Al-Ko’s ATC system and an AKS 3004 stabiliser fitted as standard.
The back panel has been redesigned with a curvier top, more pleasing to the eye, and a cluster of multifunctional LED lights. The single straight decal on the polyester sidewalls enhances the sleek effect.
The gas bottle locker has an even larger opening, and Adora undercarriages now have notches to guide your winder to the corner steady bolt.
A large sunroof lets light flood in. Below this is the sleek, minimalist interior we’ve come to expect from Adria. The silver upholstery perhaps looks a bit clinical, but the warm tone of the furniture offsets this. For an even warmer look, you might be tempted by the imitation leather Mathisse finish. With either, you get four scatter cushions, plus two others that can be rolled for headrests.
A flap at the front of the lounge lifts to provide an eating space for two. If you need something larger, the foldaway table stored by the door should accommodate four.
You also get Adria’s music centre in here – the Bluetooth-activated control panel drops down from under the lockers.
Adria has dispensed with bulkheads, so as you look from the lounge to the kitchen, the only thing that changes is the locker doors, from natural wood to gloss-white.
The kitchen is Continental in style, too, with handle-free drawers and cupboards. But it isn’t so Continental in terms of spec, with a three-burner hob, combined oven and grill, microwave and 140-litre fridge/freezer. The sink is a bit small, but the large window and Heki brighten the whole area.
The end washroom has a roof light over the shower, but only a small roof vent over the rest of the space. This could be due to flipping the layout for the UK – in other words, moving the toilet to the other side so the hatch doesn’t interfere with the awning, but leaving the roof panel as it is.
Still, the opaque window, sizeable mirror and large door in the middle allow in a fair amount of light. There’s plenty of cupboard space, too – once again, without handles.
The shower cubicle includes a radiator and a rail in the ceiling for hanging clothes.
The main double has been redesigned, so it can be rolled back for extra space for people to walk around. You can also raise the head end in a variety of ways to make a day-bed. There is no dresser here, and unusually, this bedroom has windows at both sides. That means only small bedside cupboards. The main wardrobe is beyond the partition curtain – now made of fabric, not plastic. The settees are only 5ft long, but come together with platforms to make a double.
Adoras now have a waist-height rail running around the wall. Optional felt-backed trays and baskets fit onto it, for storage where you want. Overall, storage is good. Getting to the area under the settees is a bit tricker because of the platforms, but there is an external door on the nearside. There are four overhead lockers above the lounge and three above the main bed, and the large area under the bed can also be accessed from outside.
You’ll need to consider that there’s no wardrobe in the main bedroom, and the absence of handles anywhere might prove tiresome for those with arthritic hands.
The Isonzo is now even more stylish looking, and sleek both inside and out. Some British caravanners might not appreciate the absence of handles or the position of the wardrobe, but this is a contender for a great family tourer.
- Thumbs up: Bright and airy interior, customisable storage rails
- Thumbs down: Lack of handles and position of wardrobe could be a burden for some
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A large sunroof lets light flood in. Below this is the sleek, minimalist interior we've come to expect from Adria
|Interior Length||6.24 m|
|Shipping Length||8.28 m|
|Awning Size||1072 cm|
|Spec includes||Al-Ko wind diffusers, ATC, AKS 3004 stabiliser, 140-litre fridge, Thetford Midi Prima Mk3 combined oven/grill|