The Slovenian manufacturer has really come up trumps with this cleverly designed tourer for two
Adria has given the Altea a bit of a lift for 2020 – the interiors have a lighter feel and a more contemporary design.
There are also some new models added to the line-up, and one layout we found of particular interest was the new two-berth Aire 492DT.
Back in 2014 Adria tried adding this rear-washroom layout (much loved in the UK) to the Adora range, naming it the Loire. It didn’t quite come off, mainly because the washroom was cramped and the shower was unlined. It was quietly dropped a few years later.
But the new Aire looks as though the lesson has been learned – these improvements should make all the difference. This established range now offers a carefully planned and designed end-washroom caravan for two, which could make an excellent alternative to UK-produced brand
Pitching and setting up
However, the Aire does come with a big front gas locker, and the front and rear mouldings have been redesigned. You also get a large, openable sunroof.
The Al-Ko chassis is used and it has that typically long drawbar, ideal for carrying bikes. The sides have a tough polyester finish and Adria fits heavy-duty corner steadies and an AKS hitch. There’s no alloys or spare, but it does have the latest Status TV aerial.
On the nearside front is an exterior-access locker; always good to see. The door is not glazed, but it is the tried-and-tested stable type. There’s also a handy awning light just forward of the door.
Adria doesn’t fit a front chest of drawers, having instead a small table that folds down when not in use. There’s also a freestanding table for dining. The three blown-air outlets will keep this area snug on colder days.
Two LED corner spots, overhead locker integral lighting and twin ceiling lights provide good night-time illumination.
Overhead storage is excellent, although the corner units are blanked off. A small shelf is fitted above the front window. There are no access flaps on the seat bases, though.
Night lighting is good, although you only have one mains socket here. There’s plenty of drawer storage, too. Worktop is in shorter supply, but the supersized dresser opposite can help with that. The side window allows more light to flood in, and you get two overhead lockers, mains and TV aerial sockets and a clever fold-out TV stand. By the door is a neat storage rack, which can be altered by moving the hooks
LED downlights provide plenty of good illumination, and the shower is lined and large enough to use without feeling short of space. A blown-air outlet will help to keep the washroom warm, while the roof vent offers excellent ventilation.
It’s no wonder that Adria has won a string of awards, and you can really see that pedigree in this great tourer for two.
It’s well equipped and robustly built, and the designers have made the end washroom very practical and a great size.
The storage is very good and the new-look interior is more contemporary in style. The bright, spacious lounge, with comfortable seating – which makes up a generous double bed – and that airy sunroof are further plus points. Adria has done its homework and come out with (almost) top marks!
- Excellent sunroof
- Well equipped and high-quality build
- Spacious lounge
- No twins mains sockets in kitchen
- No central chest of drawers