Farewell 590, hello 520 - but it's more than just a numbers game with Adria. Nick Harding explains.
New for 2020, the 520 ST is the successor to the 590 SG. The latter model went through a seven-year production cycle virtually unchanged, and the 520ST is even better.
Much remains the same, especially the bodywork construction. That coachbuilt body is in tough GRP that isn't as susceptible to minor damage as an aluminium skin. It's backed by a 10-year water ingress warranty, too.
Under the skin, Adrias are that bit different - using dowel where other manufacturers are tempted to get away with staples, for example. In short, it's that bit sturdier than most.
On the road
Lounging & dining
It's a generous lounge, with the cab seats swivelled, an inward-facing seat for two and a forward-facing travel seat with three-point belts - all set around a large, fixed pedestal-leg table with fore and aft adjustment.
When it's time for sleep, you can bring it down low enough so that a clever pull-out step is all you'll need for access. Alternatively, if you still want to use the lounge, or make a second double from the seating, just bring the main bed partway down and use the supplied ladder.
Whatever your night-time set-up, there's still access to the cooking and washing facilities, with kitchen and washroom wrapping around the back.
Third, the ladder for the bed stows in here. Not a bad idea - its location means it can act as a rather handy series of racks for drying wet clothing and so on. And there's a permanent high-level hanging rail in the shower.
There's another cleverly designed space-saver in here, as well: the fold-down handbasin over the toilet.
You've seen what's coming, though, haven't you? First, the £3060 Luxury Pack (alloys, central cup-holders, DAB radio with sat-nav, rear-view camera, roof rack and ladder, awning). All the evidence is, you won't be able to resist.
Then there's the £2590 Pack 2 or the £1820 Pack 1 - the latter alone bringing you cab air-con, passenger airbag and cruise control.
And while we're in spend, spend, spend mode, the £890 Safety Pack adds traffic signs recognition, high-beam recognition, lane departure warning system, automatic windscreen wipers and lights, and collision avoidance.
Here in the real world, then, what we're looking at is a vehicle costing from just under £62,000, easily going up to something around the £63,500 mark. Or more. Luckily, it's pre-wired for options such as a solar panel, TV and habitation air conditioning.
|Fresh/waste water||120L / 85L|
|Leisure battery||100 Ah|
3-burner gas hob
This Matrix model absolutely nails it in the space-optimisation stakes. It's not without some key rivals, but any shortlist of 6m-long coachbuilts with full facilities simply must include this. What's more it's from a company that's never afraid to innovate, yet roots its motorhomes in top-drawer build quality.
You'll need to set your budget stalls out early, but don't let that deter you as you research this sector.
- For a compact motorhome, it's very spacious
- Drop-down bed saves a lot of space
- Cleverly designed washroom
- All those option packs could be costly
- Could do with more kit in the kitchen