First look: Adria Adora Sava

De­mand for a twin-axle model in this Alde-heated range has been strong, but how well will this five-berth lay­out work as a fam­ily tourer? Pe­ter Baber steps aboard

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UN­SUR­PRIS­INGLY, Adria likes names that be­gin and end with ‘A’ – Alpina, Altea and Adora. The only com­pletely new car­a­van in its 2019 line-up – the Adora Sava – fol­lows this pat­tern, but in one way, it strikes out on its own. It’s a twin-axle. You might think it’s a bit un­usual for a man­u­fac­turer to pro­vide its sole twin-axle in its sec­ond-from-top range. But it makes per­fect sense when you re­alise this is a five-berth, de­signed to carry ev­ery­thing that a bud­get-con­scious fam­ily needs to take with them. Pub­lic de­mand for a twin-axle model in this Alde-heated range has been strong. So does it work?

Pitch and set-up

With an ex­te­rior width of just over 8ft, the Adora could be a hand­ful on the road. But the twin axle isn’t the only thing that should make it eas­ier to tow – Ado­ras come fit­ted with Al-ko’s Delta axle. This is de­signed to lessen the im­pact of cross­winds and other un­ex­pected buffer­ing, by damp­en­ing the ef­fects of cen­trifu­gal force. Ado­ras are also fit­ted with an AKS hitch sta­biliser, but not Al-ko ATC. Adrias have long been fa­mil­iar in the UK, but the Ado­ras still look stylishly Con­ti­nen­tal, with their long A-frame fair­ing, sil­ver gas bot­tle locker and black tinted front win­dows. This year, they come with a new rear light clus­ter and chrome grab­han­dles. It’s also re­as­sur­ing to know that even this mid-level range has heavy-duty cor­ner stead­ies in all four cor­ners. Fi­nally, this year, Ado­ras also have a sta­ble door.

Lounge

The Con­ti­nen­tal, pared-down feel con­tin­ues through­out the spa­cious in­te­rior, with sleek, han­dle-free over­head lock­ers. The fold-up oc­ca­sional shelf over the cen­tral part of the U-shaped seat­ing, in place of the tra­di­tional three-drawer chest, has been brought in from the Alpina range. This does make a handy place to leave your cof­fee while you bask in the sun­shine com­ing through the huge front win­dows and sun­roof, be­cause there isn’t much of a sill here (al­though there is a mains socket in the cor­ner). When you don’t need it, the shelf can sim­ply be folded away to pro­vide more seat­ing room. Adria has made that end of the lounge even more com­fort­able this year, by cov­er­ing the front bulk­head with fab­ric. There is a side­board to the right of the door, which in­cludes stor­age for the light­weight ta­ble and has a tower of switches and sock­ets above it. This in­cludes one mains socket, two USBS and a TV socket. Your TV could eas­ily go on this unit or the wall above. The only thing miss­ing is a boot locker and coat hooks. There are two di­rec­tional spot­lights in the lounge and three LEDS in the sun­roof hous­ing. The small dinette can only seat two, but in­cludes two spot­lights, while a large rooflight with three in­te­grated LEDS lights up this area and the bunks op­po­site.

Kitchen

The Sava kitchen has a large work­top, thanks to the in-line three-burner hob be­ing sited

to­wards the back. There’s also a handy mains socket in the cor­ner. You get a square steel sink on the right, and this area is well-lit by a win­dow and a strip­light. Some nar­row bas­ket shelves are in­cluded in the cup­board to the left of the Thet­ford Midi Prima Mk3 oven with sep­a­rate grill. There is also a small pan locker be­neath the oven. The two draw­ers un­der the sink are large enough for all but the most bulky kitchen­ware. The pan locker be­low is partly taken up with the wheel arch. All three units are pared down on the out­side and han­dle­less, like the two over­head lock­ers, one of which holds a mi­crowave. Fur­ther back on the off­side is a Slim­line AES Thet­ford fridge, with a pan locker be­low.

Wash­room

There are no fewer than three mir­rors here – a small one be­hind the towel rail, and a larger one over the small hand­basin, with two nar­row shelved cup­boards on ei­ther side. These are per­fect for cos­met­ics, leav­ing any san­i­ta­tion prod­ucts to go in the large cup­board un­der the basin. The third mir­ror is in the very large shower cubicle, which also has its own rooflight. The main wash­room is mainly lit by the opaque win­dow above the toi­let.

Beds

You can eas­ily as­sem­ble the large dou­ble at the front by pulling two plat­forms out un­der the set­tees. And with that fold-away shelf, you don’t need to worry about knock­ing your knees against any cen­tral chest of draw­ers at night. The two bunks in the rear are large enough for a young teenager – al­though they might not ap­pre­ci­ate the cute ele­phant mo­tif on their in­di­vid­ual lights. The bed made from the rear dinette is fine for the small­est in the fam­ily, and the partition shuts off this area. The kids will like that, but you might not be so keen to lose ac­cess to the toi­let.

Stor­age

Thanks to its twin axles, the Sava should have a sub­stan­tial pay­load (the fig­ure was un­con­firmed as we went to press). With ex­ter­nal ac­cess to the front and back un­der­seat ar­eas, fit­ting in bulky items should be easy. Ac­cess­ing these in­ter­nally is slightly more time-con­sum­ing, thanks to the bed plat­forms at the rear bunk not hav­ing slats that stay up un­aided. But you do get a large ac­cess flap. The wardrobe op­po­site the kitchen has a large hang­ing rail but it’s not really full-height be­cause there is a shelf half­way down. Still, when you in­clude the side­board next to this and the large over­head lock­ers, stor­age is fine for an av­er­age fam­ily.

‘You can eas­ily as­sem­ble the large dou­ble at the front by pulling two plat­forms out’

The dou­ble at the front is eas­ily as­sem­bled by pulling out two plat­forms un­der­neath the set­tees The Sava’s well-de­signed kitchen has a large work­top and in-line three-burner hob

LEFT-RIGHT The smart side dinette has two spot­lights, while the size­able rooflight with three LEDS lights up this area and the bunks

At just over 8ft wide, this twin-axle Adora could be a bit lively on the road, but the Al-ko Delta axle should make it eas­ier to tow

LEFT-RIGHT Spa­cious wash­room is well lit and has no fewer than three mir­rors. Kitchen stor­age in­cludes these handy nar­row bas­ket shelves

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