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Will Adria's new and improved Sonic Supreme I 710 SL match the cream of European A-class motorhomes, asks Practical Motorhome's Editor Niall Hampton?
Adria is perhaps best known for its low-profiles and van conversions, both of which are a common sight on UK roads and campsites. But the manufacturer also makes a fine A-class, in the shape of the Sonic, which has been part of the Slovenian manufacturer’s portfolio since 2010. Also available in Axess and Plus trim levels, Adria waited until last year’s Caravan Salon in Düsseldorf to unveil the revised Sonic models, the island bed I 710 SBC and twin single beds I 710 SL, on test here. Where better to line up against all those highly regarded German A-class motorhomes?
Indeed, the plucky Slovenian marque – which exports 98 per cent of its total production of motorhomes, caravans and holiday homes – is as accomplished as the German brands when it comes to selling itself in foreign markets. At Adria's birthday celebrations earlier this year to mark its half-century of leisure-vehicle production, the company laid claim to be the biggest single-branded motorhome manufacturer in Europe.
Together with its fixed-single-beds sited over a rear garage, the I 710 SL features a midships washroom split across the width of the ’van. It’s all contained on a body length of 7.4m; the MTPLM is 3500kg, with a user payload of 340kg.
On the road
Lounging & dining
An extensive range of ambient lighting will complement the daylight from the cab, nearside window and skylight; this includes strip lights in the base of the drop-down bed, which frame four task lights, over-locker lighting and mood lighting in the skylight surround. It all lends a classy feel, and does wonders for the ambience of the lounge.
Our test ’van came with the ‘Forest’ furnishings scheme (‘Horizon’ is also available): this features a rich wood colour, paired with beige finishes under the overhead lockers and on the lounge walls and bulkheads. Nets are used in preference to curtains, as is the Continental way, with chocolate and cream ‘White Santos’ soft furnishings.
The rear single beds measure 1.99m/1.88m x 0.85m (6’6”/6’2” x 2’9”). The drop-down double measures 1.9m x 1.5m (6’3” x 4’11”).
|Layout||Rear single beds|
|Fresh/waste water||140L / 85L|
|Leisure battery||100 Ah|
|Gas bottle size||11kg|
|Number of gas bottles||2|
Dometic Fridge, 3-burner gas hob, Combined Oven/Grill
Thetford C-250 toilet, Separate shower cubicle
The Adria Sonic Supreme I 710 SL is up against some stiff competition when it comes to new motorhomes for 2016. Yet this sharp-looking A-class certainly takes the fight to the big German and French brands. The relatively modest payload may deter full-timers but Adria’s reputation for build quality is second-to-none. And to see other Adria motorhomes for sale, click here.
- Underfloor Alde central heating
- High quality fixtures and fittings
- Double floor
- Contemporary design
- Media wall unit
- Large heated garage
- Secret storage hatch for valuables
- Long beds
- It's up against German A-class rivals
- Payload is only 340kg