First look: Sprite Qu­at­tro EB

The ever­green Sprite range has been im­pres­sively re­vamped for 2018, and is joined by a new twin-axle four-berth that of­fers great value for money, says Peter Baber

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IT’S A TRIB­UTE to the rep­u­ta­tion that Sprite car­ries within the car­a­van­ning fraternity that when par­ent com­pany Swift Group ra­tio­nalised its brands this sea­son, the Sprite name re­mained (but Ster­ling didn’t make it). Sprite was given a new lease of life, with a fresh ex­te­rior look and a se­ri­ously de­sir­able spec list.

Those changes helped the 2018 Sprite Ma­jor 6 take our Tourer of the Year Award. The de­sign­ers at Swift have also been busy on the new twin-axle Qu­at­tro EB, with a cen­tral wash­room and an end trans­verse is­land bed.

Pitch and set-up

Sprites have al­ways had a cur­va­ceous front sec­tion. It used to look a bit more bub­bly than ri­vals, in keep­ing with the Sprite’s cheap and cheer­ful im­age. Af­ter all these years un­der the Swift wing, that slightly more cir­cu­lar front has been re­tained, but there’s noth­ing about this van that sug­gests it’s a bud­get buy.

You get three win­dows at the front, not just one, as part of a dark glazed panel – to­gether with the sun­roof on our test model that’s a £365 op­tional extra.

Then there’s the ex­ter­nal ac­cess to the locker at the back and the class­ily un­der­stated de­cals. Best of all, there are proper han­dles to the door. That’s some­thing you don’t even see on sup­pos­edly lux­u­ri­ous car­a­vans.


The dé­cor in­side this sea­son’s new Sprites in­tro­duces bold hexag­o­nal pat­tern­ing on the cur­tains and glint­ing white locker doors that con­trast strongly with the Aralie Sen wood­work.

The two set­tees are per­fectly fine for the four peo­ple who could be liv­ing in the van, but may be a squeeze for any more. There’s no draught-ex­clud­ing bol­ster by the door, but this is an en­try-level van.

The rooflight al­lows in an ad­e­quate amount of light, but it’s so much bet­ter with the sun­roof. For night-time light­ing, you only get two small LED lights in the cen­tre of the van and a spot­light in each of the four cor­ners – these are non-di­rec­tional. There is also dimmable am­bi­ent light­ing through­out the lounge.

There are two mains sock­ets above the cen­tral chest, flank­ing two blank sock­ets.

A heat­ing vent at the bot­tom in the near­side cor­ner should keep you cosy, while an­other vent by the door will wel­come you home.

Also by the door is a cabi­net with TV sock­ets, so you could put a TV here, where most of the van’s oc­cu­pants could see it.

This cabi­net has a locker above it and a thin shelf for or­na­ments, while within the cabi­net it­self, you will find an open shelf for maps and keys, and a cup­board with two more shelves – al­though the lower one is partly taken up with the wheel arch.

The fold­away ta­ble is stored in a nar­row slot be­hind this cabi­net. It’s a bit of a chore to get out, be­cause the door to the wash­room slants slightly across this area.


The el­e­gant curved panel above the work­top has switches and one socket above it. The work­top it­self is greatly ex­tended by the pull-out flap on the side, al­though this does

eat into the avail­able seat­ing in the front lounge. You (or a smaller helper) could also use the top of the cabi­net if there’s no TV there.

Im­me­di­ately be­neath the work­top is a 100-litre Dometic fridge, while at the other end of the kitchen unit sits a three­burner hob above a grill and oven.

The hob is nicely il­lu­mi­nated by two lit­tle spot­lights, as is the rest of the work­top, al­though that curved shelf casts a shadow.

The over­head lock­ers are a good size and come with a mug and crock­ery rack.


The slanted design of the cen­tral wash­room door and the large wardrobe you come across as soon as you open it might seem un­con­ven­tional. But such a con­fig­u­ra­tion does make great use of the avail­able space.

You get a suit­able dress­ing area, while the wardrobe is large – par­tic­u­larly when you con­sider there isn’t one in the bed­room. It has two shelves to the side and one at the bot­tom, where you even get a heat­ing vent.

The cir­cu­lar shower looks a lit­tle like some­thing Scotty might beam you up in, but is well lit, even if it has no rooflight. There is a towel ring im­me­di­ately outside it and a shelf high up above that would be good for non-es­sen­tials.

The small basin in the mid­dle has two LED lights above it, a do­mes­tic-style tap, a mugholder and a cup­board un­der­neath. The loo is on the off­side and sits in front of an opaque win­dow.


As men­tioned, you don’t get the twin cup­boards one usu­ally ex­pects to find flank­ing an is­land bed. But not hav­ing them cre­ates a feel­ing of in­creased space, es­pe­cially given the white doors fit­ted to the over­head lock­ers. You still get large bed­side ta­bles to place items on, though, above a drawer and a cup­board.

A small dress­ing unit in the cor­ner is well kit­ted out, with two cup­boards, a good mir­ror, two more spot­lights and sock­ets. Best of all, a heat­ing vent has been in­stalled around the in­ner side of the bed to heat the far side. The bed it­self, how­ever, is only mod­estly sized at 1.88 x 1.33m.

The front bed re­ally has to be a double as the set­tees only ex­tend to 1.18m. But when you pull out the slats – an easy job – you cre­ate a double that is 2.02m long.


The huge area un­der the bed can eas­ily be ac­cessed from in­side and out. The two un­der­seat ar­eas have ac­cess flaps in­side. The near­side one is mostly clear, while the off­side is partly taken up with the Swift Command sys­tem.

There are two draw­ers in the front chest, while all of the over­head lock­ers are large.


It’s an easy task to pull out the slats if you want to set up the front bed. It’s a gen­er­ous 2.02m in length The pair of mains power sock­ets above the cen­tre chest is well placed for charg­ing por­ta­ble de­vices The two set­tees are a smart con­trast with the white locker fronts and will eas­ily seat four

The light, airy bed­room feels spacious and pro­vides a de­cent amount of stor­age space in the over­head lock­ers and two bed­side ta­bles

LEFT The kitchen has a 100-litre fridge and a three-burner hob and grill RIGHT Star of the well-planned wash­room is the cir­cu­lar shower cu­bi­cle

The new-for-2018 twin-axle Sprite Qu­at­tro EB has a cur­va­ceous front sec­tion, while its el­e­gant ex­te­rior fea­tures classy, un­der­stated de­cals

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