Coachman’s Amara 580/5 is an all-new, family-oriented layout that was introduced for the 2013 season. The Hull-based firm is best-known for its premium-quality tourers, and has earned a well-deserved reputation for manufacturing excellence; the Amara, however, is its entry-level range. It nevertheless looks and feels like a luxury tourer, both outside and in, and is certain to retain strong residual values in the second-hand market.

At its launch last year, Coachman explained its aim to appeal to the ‘gramping’ market: that is, grandparents who take or welcome grandchildren on holiday with them. The single-axle Amara 580/5 replaced the outgoing 550/5 layout, and was one of the star models for 2013 built with this target market squarely in mind. 

We were so impressed at its launch that we named it Best Caravan for Small Families in our 2013 Tourer of the Year awards (November 2012, page 62).

The smart red-and-grey graphics were a stylish addition for this season, as were the one-piece aluminium sidewalls. Inside, Coachman has played it safe with soft furnishings in neutral beige, which caused us a few concerns on first impressions – the colour is not ideal for lively families, even if used only occasionally.

Inside, the 580/5 layout features a huge, offside corner washroom, rear nearside double bunk beds, a midships kitchen with facing dinette and a comfy lounge up front. It was our base for an extended test in April at the new Capesthorne Hall Caravan Park in Siddington, Macclesfield, at the edge of the Peak District.