Sprite Alpine 2 caravan 2012 model first impressions
What like is the new Sprite caravan from the Swift Group? Is it a winner in offering straight value for money? Yet with style and spec?
Well it’s certainly a modern looking tourer, based on the Sterling Eccles and Swfit Challenger Sport body shells (would have been nice to have a little retro styling perhaps) the new Sprite impresses. The one-piece front window sits clear of the front GRP panel, large sturdy grab handles are placed for easy access while the front locker is huge. One – piece side aluminium panels are finished off with pale blue graphics.
Our test van had the diamond pack added which includes; alloy wheels, spare steel wheel, flyscreen on entrance door, scatter cushions, radio CD player and the latest AKS hitch stabiliser. Most will be sold with the pack added, adding several hundred pounds to the retail price.
All the service points are placed on the offside of the Sprite Alpine 2 caravan. Although no back panel was fitted to our prototype it’s going to be a full height moulded unit. The exterior looks good. Only doubts I have is the pale blue graphics - to my mind bolder ones would look even better. Interior wise the Sprite would have to be stylish to add to the exterior looks.
The Sprite Alpine 2 caravan offers a well tried end washroom front dinette centre kitchen layout. So it’s well proven but have the designers come up trumps with the décor?
Well the interior feel is one of definitely up-market, the wood finish and the chrome push button catches really do look good. The lockers are plain in design but those handles do look good and are practical too. If there is a gripe at this stage its got to be the seating (-the cushion design), it doesn’t look right and a brighter design would be better – or perhaps a soft furnishings choice?
Okay that bit done, what of the rest ...