The Quattro is extraordinary. For its body length its one of the lightest tourers around. At £14,621, you get a lot of caravan for your money.
The panoramic, single-piece window looks plain and smart from the outside, but it’s from within that you’ll appreciate the uninterrupted view and the extra light compared to the more common triple window. The hitch head stabiliser is your first clue to the Sprites’ not-so-well-kept cost secret.
An extra £499 is added to the price of all Quattros, for a Diamond Pack of items including the stabiliser, alloy wheels. The pack is listed as an option but in fact all Sprites leave the factory equipped with it.
There’s more than light weight, long length and low price to make the Quattro extraordinary. It has three very separate areas: a bedroom, a dining-kitchen and a lounge. Although it can sleep up to six, the Quattro will find fans among couples for whom the idea of those three separate areas holds strong home-from home appeal. And if you need the flexibility of being able to accommodate family members on some, yet not all, of your holidays, this layout may be the perfect choice.
Something for everyone
One major reason for the Quattro’s all-round appeal is the length of its lounge settees. They’re long enough to make single beds – six can sit here in comfort, making it ideal for entertaining friends. The permanent bed is on the nearside. The shower and the toilet share a compartment in the offside corner, with a washbasin and mirror forward of it, in the bedroom area. The lack of a separate shower is the Quattro’s only disadvantage. But, with so many plus-points, you may decide to tolerate the task of drying out the tray after every shower in order to step into it to reach the loo without getting your socks wet.
Size does count
With a total length of 1.9m the Quattro’s kitchen is enormous. Cooking equipment is three burners, a grill and an oven but no microwave. There’s a power socket in one of the top cupboards, though, and a shelf that’s removable, so a microwave could easily be accommodated here.
Working surface is generous, at just over 70cm, to the right of the sink. Storage space is also plentiful; there are two lower cupboards plus four top cabinets, one of which contains plate and mug racking. A metal-look Venetian blind divides the kitchen from the bedroom.
Above it, a doublesided shelf unit gives you two really useful kitchen shelves and, on the reverse side, a place for your television, complete with sockets. There’s a TV bracket here, too; that’s bedtime luxury for those occupying the permanent bed. The bracket swings out, so that you can watch the TV from the living areas, but in this position there’s a fair chance that tall people will collide with it as they walk to the shower room.
What would we do?
A more practical option, we think, would be to abandon the bracket, pop the TV on the shelf, and then when you want to use it in the lounge, transfer it to the front central table. There’s a mains power socket here, but no aerial point; if you think you’ll need this option, your dealer should usually be able to have an aerial point fitted here.
At 18cm deep, Sprite lockers are shallower than many. But they’re wide, at 47cm – and in the Quattro there are plenty of them. Couples will find they never run out of places to stash stuff and, even for a family of six, this caravan’s storage capability is generous.
One impressive practical feature is front access to the lounge bedding lockers. Here, the doors run the full length of the storage areas, making access especially easy.