Lighter than its predecessor, read our Lunar Quasar 462 review to find out what else this two-berth could do for you on your caravan holidays
Lunar’s Quasar range battles for the mid-price sector of the touring caravan market with the Bailey Olympus, Elddis Avanté and Swift Group’s Challenger Sport and Eccles Sport. Although their model line-ups differ, all include the popular two-berth end-washroom layout. Prices are competitively packed into an £800 range, starting with the Quasar 462 at £14,995.
Lunar’s more upmarket Lexon, Clubman and Delta ranges sport a striking new body shell for 2013, but the company has opted to retain a tweaked version of the older shape for Quasar. This may appear to be a weak hand to play against freshly shaped competition, but the ace up the Quasar’s sleeve is weight. It saves about 75kg on an equal length basis, and that really counts as cars get ever lighter. We took a closer look to see what else the Quasar has to offer, if you are busy browsing the caravans for sale pages.
Pitching and setting up
Looking closer, there are pleasing details like the body-coloured awning channel, the combined porch light and drip guard and a tough Al-Ko hitch cover. And it’s unusual to see a wet locker, an outside 230V socket and a shower connection point on a caravan of this price, but these could well be handy on your caravan holidays.
Setting up the electrics is easy – the power supply unit is just behind full-length flap under a front seat – and there’s a satellite TV connector in the battery compartment.
The 12V control panel and Truma Combi 2E heater panel are conveniently sited by the entrance door. Not surprisingly for a small van, the heating and insulation combination qualifies for Grade III by calculation. That should ensure rapid warm-up and winter comfort using the Combi’s gas and 230V power.
Both seats are plenty long enough for a daytime nap or for accommodating several guests at mealtime, but corner seating comfort is restricted by the closeness of the front windows compared to contemporary, more upright body shapes. On the subject of space, headroom is restricted to 1.91m – but it’s an issue for tall people only.
Sockets are provided to watch television on the front drawer chest or central cupboard, and lighting choice (all LED) is comprehensive.
The electronic fridge is one of the latest 8-Series by Dometic and the combined Thetford oven, grill and hob unit has a 230V hotplate. The microwave oven, now expected in this price range, is fitted rather high. It would be better sited over the dresser opposite, as in the sister Ariva model.
However, the washroom itself is hard to fault. It’s spacious and pleasingly designed, well lit and well ventilated with a window and Mini-Heki roof light. There are two wardrobes, one with three drawers, a generous shower cubicle and a neat washbasin over a two-door cupboard. Our only gripe is the shelf over the washbasin, which obstructs use of the basin for face washing. If the basin cupboard were deeper it would solve this problem and provide more surface for toiletries.
Reading lights are fitted in all four corners and there are handy surfaces nearby, whichever direction you lie. Typical of this price level, the cassette blinds are the roller type with plain plasticised material, so it’s best to draw the curtains for a cosy atmosphere.
Given the Quasar’s light weight, it’s impressive to see mid-shelves fitted in most roof lockers to maximise use of space. And that philosophy continues in the kitchen, dresser unit and two wardrobes. Overall there’s more than enough storage for two people.
Thanks to its compact and relatively simple body shell, combined with Lunar’s legendary lightweight construction, the Quasar 462 can comfortably be towed by cars with kerbweights less than 1400kg. For many that will outweigh its somewhat dated external appearance. On the inside, it’s well equipped for the £14,995 price ticket and does most things very competently, provided you are not too tall for the 1.91m headroom.
Our few criticisms are only minor and, at the end of our review, we would not hesitate to recommend the Lunar Quasar 462.
- Much lighter than the competition
- There's spacious and detailed storage
- It has a well-equipped washroom
- The exterior styling is a touch dated
- The corner seats are a little restricted by the front shape
- There is limited headroom