Stealth Q58 Intrepid
Stealth isn’t like any ordinary tourer-its rectangular profile and very contempary interior gives the brand a uniqueness that can’t be matched, we check out the Q58 Intrepid the Stealth’s latest offering.
Our thanks to Kia UK for loan of Sorrento and Stealth for loan of the Q58 and the Caravan Club wardens at Sandringham Caravan Club site for there help.
2011 Stealth Intrepid Q58
Length: 7.34 m
Width: 2.28 m
MIRO: 1491 kgs
MTPLM: 1645 kgs
When Stealth was launched last year they caused a great stir with there square looks and amazing layouts. The dinettes were placed centrally while the washrooms were also placed at the front. Not only were they producing in your face exterior and interiors that were like no other available they also had no dealership system put into place. Twelve months down the line Stealth has seen new models introduced, one of these is the Intrepid a mid priced range Stealth.
We took the Q58 Intrepid a tourer with conventional layout, front double dinette, offside kitchen with double bed next to it and end washroom. The Q58 is also well priced at just over £17,000 but an offer for the time being knocks this down to £16,995. The exterior of the Stealth may take some getting used to for some but after feed-back regarding the front windowless GRP panel Stealth have now literally seen the light and the front has a one-piece window fitted. Three exterior lockers including the battery one are fitted also exterior mains socket and BBQ point.
The front gas locker can be accessed either side, but once two gas cylinders’ are placed in the locker there is little in the way of storage left, also the locker lids are a tad flimsy. The exterior of the Stealth is finished off in pure white with a large black graphic which makes the box shape less so. Alloy wheels and LED road lights and sturdy stainless steel grab handles are fitted. The rear back is basically square with no fancy moulding to take away some of the box like style. Here we think that the Stealth’s rear would be easier on the eye if it was styled using an ABS moulded panel perhaps.
But the bold graphics and square looks aren’t the only features that give the Stealth distinctive looks. For those of you that haven’t yet seen these tourers in the flesh then be prepared to be in for a surprise. The interior will simply either blow you away or wont! Personally I am a traditionalist but the modern gloss finished furniture is likeable. It grows on you in fact same with the squared of plain brown upholstery. The black locker lids and chrome handles do look classy, but the lack of curtains does make the interior feel a little stark-we would like to see curtains as an option I reckon it would increase the Stealth’s appeal. Privacy tinted windows adds to the mystery of the Stealth and its interior from the outside but viewing through them you get good vision.
So what’s the Q58 like? The layout comprises of a large front end dinette complete with central chest of drawers and slide out coffee table. A large window ledge adds depth to the front lounge and also means you can add put largish items on here even a TV. Good overall roof locker storage is provided with 12-volt spots beneath at each corner. Access flaps to the seat bases are large enough for putting bedding through also tops are beech slatted. A mains socket is located here while the general feel of the Stealth’s lounge area is large enough for four to seat in comfort. Single beds or a large double can be made up using the pull-out slats. CD/Radio player is fitted as standard in the Q58 as is also a Status 530 TV aerial.
Just inside the entrance door a neat shoe storage cupboard is fitted an idea that Avondale used. Here to is the wardrobe not the largest but due to the absence of a protruding heater as the Stealth uses a Combi 4 E boiler with blown air system of 4KW output. Opposite kitchen users will find that the kitchen area although compact does have a surprising amount of storage. We liked the fact the heater controls are fitted here along with twin mains sockets. Stealth fit the Thetford duel fuel hob and Dometic 110-litre fridge plus an 800 watt touch control microwave.
Unfortunately the stainless steel sink spoils the otherwise cool looks of the Stealth’s kitchen, we would fit a bowl with detachable drainer. This would also increase worktop storage which lacking, however to help out in this area a slide out extension flap is fitted. We also liked the fact the kitchen gets some stylish and neat shelving ideal for smaller kitchen items when your on site. Natural light in this area is helped by the deep picture window and for night use a light is fitted beneath.
For those wanting a good nights sleep in the double bed they wont be disappointed, its comfortable enough even though we didn’t have chance to use it for a full night. Underneath storage can be reached via the side locker, again keeping the interior bright and cheery the offside wall has a large window in with another opposite where a large side dresser offers a great worktop and excellent storage facilities with four cupboards and twin over head lockers making six in the bedroom area. Spots are fitted here as to are ceiling lights built into the roof vent same situation that’s at the front lounge.
Walking through from the bedroom into the washroom the passage way is wide enough without having to squeeze through. The rear end washroom of the Q58 is where the Stealth excels. The electric flush loo is by Dometic, we liked the large rear window and mini Heki roof vent. The salad bowl hand basin is practical and sheer class plus underneath a cupboard is placed. Soap dish holder and glass holders are placed by the basin to while the moulded shower cubicle has good access and space in which to shower in.
Stealth may have had a bit of a bashing when launched, but they are quick to respond to things that need to be addressed this is happening in the latest Stealth tourers. The spec of the Q58 is pretty good with spare wheel, alarm, five mains sockets, heavy duty steadies, BBQ point the list goes on for a tourer of this price. Sure some finishing touches are still needed here and there but also the cream interior shelves show up any unfinished detail over normal wood type finishes.
The Stealth was towed using the new Sorrento 2 from Kia, the car pulled the Stealth unladen without any problems while the Stealth was stable in the windy showery conditions in which we towed it. We took it down some of Norfolk’s back roads and the Stealth remained perfectly in line and obedient. The Sorrento offers a good fuel economy whilst towing to as well as solo we got 28 mpg so we were not too disappointed in any way. The Stealth Q58 is a tourer which if you’re into very modern décor and distinctive exteriors in a tourer will suit you down to the ground. More tweaks here and there and the Stealth will carve a niche into the market place for itself.