Peter BaberSee other caravan reviews written by Peter Baber
The new season's Quasar range has been given revamped interior décor, designed to offer style and sophistication for couples at mid-market prices.
One of the quirks in Lunar's line-up is that two of its mid-market brands, Quasar and Lexon, still have associated brands made up of just one tiny two-berth - respectively, the Ariva and the Stellar.
But that hasn't stopped the company producing slightly more roomy and comfortable two-berths within the main ranges themselves.
Here, we take a look at the Quasar 462, one of many models now on the market offering a more spacious end washroom.
Quasars this season come with a distinctive green stripe on the decals, which clearly separates them from other caravans offered at this price level.
Pitching and setting up
However, the Quasar range is towards the bottom end of the mid-market, so you don't get all of the extras you might expect - no external barbecue point, for example - although there is an external shower. You do get external access to the nearside underseat, though.
The entrance door looks particularly basic, and provides little to hold onto as you step into the van. There is a bin included, however, and you do at least get a grab handle inside.
In the Quasar, the result was decidedly floral. This season, the two parties have gone their separate ways, and the interior has been toned down.
But the experience of working with Joules has clearly left its mark, in a good way. The blue, mauve and white scheme here isn't nearly as blatant as last year's pinks, but it is soothing and calming, and a world away from the beiges and tans that are on offer elsewhere this season.
The two settees that display the new fabric are comfortable, and the lounge itself is a pleasant place to sit in. It may not have the largest sunroof up front, but there is a huge rooflight down the centre of the van, right into the kitchen, to let in daylight.
Come evening there are two LEDs in the ceiling, elegant ambient lighting, including around the pelmet below the sunroof, and four handy spotlights. Two of these have built-in USB sockets.
At the rear end of the nearside settee, a sideboard provides a useful place for a TV, among other things. There is a TV and mains socket included here, but no USB sockets. The foldaway table is stored neatly in a kitchen cupboard on the other side.
The hessian-style workspace next to the large, circular sink is huge, and although you only get one mains socket to go with it, the whole area is well lit.
Even at this price bracket, you get a dual-fuel four-burner hob and separate oven and grill - but only a three-way fridge. And while you also get a microwave, it takes up the whole of what would otherwise be a third overhead locker, which seems rather a waste of space.
The other lockers have racks for crockery and mugs, while the cutlery tray is in the top of the large lower cupboard, which also includes the table storage.
Across the way, the sideboard offers even more work surface. The large overhead locker above is partly shelved, but the small shelf below this would only be good for spice jars, and while there are two shelved cupboards underneath, the wheel arch features in both of them. So you would need to be careful storing large pots or pans.
But at least Lunar has gone to the trouble of providing a trapdoor in the bottom of the main wardrobe, which extends the hanging height. Putting a large item, such as a wetsuit, in here should be no problem.
The salad bowl handbasin is a good size, with a useful cupboard below. A rooflight and two LEDs above the large mirror mean the room is also well-lit. The shower is large, albeit with only one drainage hole and a single door.
You don't have to worry about the housing for these platforms restricting access to the underseat areas, because Lunar includes internal access flaps as well. There's quite a knee roll in the bases of the settees, so you will have to turn them over, but the backrests are relatively flat.
You could just use the two settees as single beds, once you remove the backrests, provided both of you are under 6ft.
There are four large overhead lockers in the lounge, along with accessible space under the central chest and space in the sideboard, which should be more than enough room for everything two of you will need in here.
For the price, the Quasar 462 offers a high level of comfort and sophistication. You can probably find more luxurious two-berths with this layout out there, but you would have to pay a lot more. This season's interior furnishings are pleasingly different, too.
- Pleasant soft furnishings
- Platform beds
- Wheel arch in cupboards
- Rear washroom could be roomier