Land Rover Discovery Sport vs Adria Isonzo

MaxHeadroom replied on 24/07/2019 14:01

Posted on 24/07/2019 14:01

Hi all,

      We're thinking of replacing our Swift caravan with and Adria Adora Isonzo. As we have a Land Rover Discovery Sport SE Tech (180) I thought this would be a reasonably easy match. 

Looking at the attached data below it appears that it's not a straight forward match or am I being over cautious? I've been towing a caravan for 4 years so am fairly experienced. Another thing of note is that the Adria does not come with ATC. 

Help and advice would be gratefully received.


MaxHeadroom replied on 25/07/2019 13:25

Posted on 25/07/2019 13:25

Thanks to everyone for their replies. I have had ATC kick in once when I was travelling on the A590 in Cumbria with my current Swift caravan. I had no idea what was happening at the time just that I was slowing down and there was no indication in the car as to what was happening.

I think it activated as a gust of wind blew through a valley I was crossing over via a bridge which ATC detected as an issue that could cause me to snake. 

It was quite disconcerting at first followed by relief that I didn't even know I had a problem but ATC took care of it before it became one.



birderbilly replied on 25/07/2019 13:27

Posted on 25/07/2019 07:53 by jonray57

Once you start towing the Isonzo - you'll see why the manufacturers don't fit it as standard - they're as steady as a rock and all the owners will tell you the same. They're built on an Alko Delta chassis, unlike UK vans and the only addition I did to mine was to fit shock absorbers (red ones) to help deal with  the pot-holes! 

As an Isonzo owner for 4 years, I cannot recommend them enough and have towed mine to Croatia (3 times) plus thousands of miles in the UK. Not once has it misbehaved. Granted, it may not be as 'pretty' as the UK vans inside, but it is very practical, spacious and well built. At 1800kgs, like any other van of similar weight, it's not easy to manoeuvre, so I invested in a mover.

Have a look on Adria owner forums and see what they say.



Posted on 25/07/2019 13:27

In the interest of helping the OP it would be useful to know what car you tow with.

derekcyril replied on 25/07/2019 16:06

Posted on 25/07/2019 11:51 by flatcoat

If i had a limited budget i would prioritise the following in order of: wheels balanced, fit shocks, fit ATC. The first two provide an active contribution to the outfits behaviour and stability, ATC is reactive. However not all caravan towers are perfect drivers with the ability to foresee other drivers/vehicles behaviours so whilst in theory there should not be a need for any safety or stability aid on any vehicle, i drive in the real world of  unpredictable idiots on the road. My ATC last activated when a driver of an old Kia Tucson towing an older caravan south on the A42 on Saturday 13th July could not abide me overtaking (he was doing 55, i was doing a legal 60) and nearly took out the front of my car when he suddenly carved me up to stay in front of me. Another reason i also have a dash cam. 

Posted on 25/07/2019 16:06

Had that to ,,another point nobody flashes you back in now and when i flash them back in not a thing

Rufs replied on 25/07/2019 17:19

Posted on 25/07/2019 14:07 by jonray57

2017 Sorento Auto 

Posted on 25/07/2019 17:19

Wow!!!, Sorento Auto towing 1800kgs, I am sure you are an experienced tugger, I tow a 2008 Coachman 1575 Kgs with a 2013 Sorento Auto and it only just squeezes into the 85 % ratio.

jonray57 replied on 25/07/2019 22:56

Posted on 25/07/2019 17:19 by Rufs

Wow!!!, Sorento Auto towing 1800kgs, I am sure you are an experienced tugger, I tow a 2008 Coachman 1575 Kgs with a 2013 Sorento Auto and it only just squeezes into the 85 % ratio.

Posted on 25/07/2019 22:56

Yes I am, but an 80% match (tow car info) is absolutely fine - especially with an Isonzo. You would find it's a better caravan to tow than others, because of the Euro Delta chassis.

jonray57 replied on 26/07/2019 11:50

Posted on 26/07/2019 11:50


I also took the Isonzo to the weighbridge and when brand new it came in at 1524kg. After adding a mover, Fiamma Caravanstore and all the bits and pieces necessary for a 3 week trip to Croatia (including clothing, bedding etc) it weighed 1735kg

What I find interesting are the figures quoted in the Clubs' Outfit Matching service because they quote a MTPLM of 1800kgs and base their 'match' vs the cars kerb weight, giving a match of 86%, yet if towed with a Discovery Sport, a match of 89%.(A lighter car with greater towing capacity!) When looking at Tow Car marching service, they give same match as 80%, with a MTPLM of 1700kgs

As always, it just proves the only accurate way to get figures is to weigh the vehicles concerned yourself. Even then I'm told there can be a tolerance of 5% either way.

I wonder how many people bother to do this and how many inaccuracies there are?