2018 Bailey Unicorn IV Seville 

Back in 2010 Bailey launch the first Unicorn ‘Limited Edition’ range of three caravans, the two berth Seville and fixed bed Valencia and Barcelona on single and twin axles respectively. Offering affordable luxury with the benefit of Alde central heating, the first time wet central heating had been used in a Bailey since the Clifton 530 was fitted with Primus central heating in the late 1970s.

The original Unicorn Seville went on to win the 2011 Caravan Industry Tourer of the Year award at the 2010 International Caravan & Motorhome Show held at the NEC, Birmingham.

Models have been added and subtracted over the years, and layouts have been tinkered with also. For 2018 however there has been a big change to the smallest model, the Seville.

The original Bailey Unicorn ‘Limited Edition’ Seville.

Over the last three generations the Seville has always been a classic end washroom, offside kitchen model to compete with the likes of the Swift Challenger & Conqueror 480, Lunar Clubman CK and Coachman Pastiche & VIP 460/2. For the fourth generation model the layout changes with the kitchen in the rear nearside corner with the washroom in the offside corner.

As to be expected the body is built using Bailey’s Alu-Tech construction, like all new Bailey models have used since the first Pegasus models were introduced for 2009. The vertical sunroof is still there, as it has since the Series 2 models were introduced for 2013, now there Bailey branding on the lower edge. The A-frame cover is in glass black.

At the back there are new lights and a full width grab handle (or towel rail. With the use of motor movers do many people still use grab handles?) the graphics are more subtle than the previous Unicorn and the ‘Flying B’ is smaller too. One noticeable feature missing from the Seville is a rear kitchen window.

Overall the addition of new front and rear moulding have improved the looks of the Unicorn by making it look less boxy than the original and a good evolution of the species. Graphics have been toned down and the graduated black graphics somehow work.

Inside the lounge is as you would expect. Shown here with the standard Brompton upholstery, the backrests are now a large cushion style, similar to that of a domestic sofa. An optional Finsbury upholstery is available too.

As mentioned earlier, the big change is to the kitchen. The classic ‘L’ shape kitchen returned, similar in spirit to the old Pageant Cabriolet. The hob now featues a solid cover over the glass lid (you get both) with gives extra worktop space when needed. The removable draining board also gives more worktop if needed.and the chopping broad can be used to cover the sink as shown. The rear wall features a ‘Unicorn’ branded splash back. Going back to the lack of rear window, with the hob covers raised, these would block most of the light from the window, so possibly the lack of rear window isn’t such a strange idea after all. Kitchen storage is good, however you much remember that the gas bottles are stored in the corner of the ‘L’ so this space can’t be accessed from inside.

The tall 133 litre Dometic fridge (now with a black door) lives next to the lounge and just forward of the axle. Some may think the fridge is too far from the kitchen, however the Seville isn’t a massive van to walk a couple of extra steps for supplies. Opposite the fridge is a small sideboard with the standard microvave above.

The washroom is of a new style. ‘Granite Stone’ showers make a change from the usual white plastic. The shelf and niche above the Theford toilet are a clever idea. The style of the wahsroom is that of a compact boutique hotel washroom.

At the forward end of the washroom a laundry bag is located under the bowl type washbasin. Whilst the built-in laundry bag isn’t a new idea its inclusion is a good idea in such a small space. A radiator for the Alde central heating lives next to the toilet under the toilet roll holder!

Sandwiched between the fridge and washroom lives the wardrobe complete with table storage and the expansion tank of the Alde heating.

Specification is what you would expect on a top of the range caravan with Al-Ko ATC, 100w solar panel, programmable central heating all as standard. New features include USB points in the 12v spot lights (handy to change your phone) pre-wired for easier motor mover fitment and a new door mounted bin with built-in dustpan and brush (it’s the little things).

The 2018 Unicorn Seville is shorter then before with an interal length of 15’3″ 4.665m which makes it the most compact Unicorn ever made. The list price is £22,399 plus £565 for delivery (RRP as of 21/7/17). The MTPLM is 1322kg.

Overall the new Seville is a stylish two berth caravan. Improvements have been made over the previous model.

Having owned both end kitchen and end washroom layouts, I can see some existing Seville owners missing the end washroom with a large dressing area with wardrobe included. Personally I feel a new name would be better suited for the new layout, I’m thinking Unicorn Zamora or Unicorn Leon or even Unicorn Malage have a ring to them.

CaravanningLife rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⬜ 4 out of 5

DB

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