IF it’s been a while since you last took a look at what Fleetwood has to offer, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the 2005 Sonata. That’s because Fleetwood had a change in design, so that it now looks much more modern on the outside.
Unfortunately that’s not carried through to the inside, where many of the fabrics used are very drab. This gives the Fleetwood a very austere feel, even though it doesn’t actually come across as cheap. It’s just that it isn’t cheerful either.
But what the Sonata doesn’t offer in aesthetics, it makes up for with comfort. The sofas are among the most comfortable you’ll find in any caravan at the price, but it’s all a bit fiddly converting between living and sleeping modes; there are simply too many slats to be rearranged. The relative paucity of locker space is a double-edged sword, because while there’s not much storage room, it does make the van’s interior feel much more spacious.
The kitchen offers all the comforts of home, as long as you live in a 1960s pre-fab that was modernised several years ago. There’s no draining board or oven and worktop space is a little tight. But there is a four-burner hob and a decent grill, so you won’t starve. Stretching across the whole of the back of the Fleetwood is the washroom, which offers plenty of space, even if some of the details aren’t especially well thought out. So, the Fleetwood may have few frills, but it does offer very good value.