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Compass Calypso 220

Posted on 26 May 2007

Shaun Gibbons

Key Features

  • 2007 model
  • Low Profile
  • 2 berth
  • 2.2TD engine
  • Peugeot Boxer base
  • Max weight 3300kg
  • Rear Lounge layout
  • From £32,895 new
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Model Year 2007
Manufacturer Compass
Class Low Profile
Range Calypso
Base Vehicle Peugeot Boxer
Engine Size2.2TD
Maximum weight (kg)3300
Payload (kg)424
Length (m)6.33
Width (m)2.36
Height (m)2.82
Berths2
Belted Seats2
Main LayoutRear Lounge
Price from (£)32895
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Detailed Review

I’ve always thought that a low-profile body works best with the vivid new Boxer/Ducato/Relay shape and few other show vehicles demonstrated this quite as clearly as the brand-new Compass Calypso.

Add to the new base vehicle the Calypso’s pugnacious, yet elegant stance, darkened flush-fit windows, cool alloy wheels and simple, yet stylish rear elevation, all topped off with a fully colour-coded front end, and you’re left with one seriously good-looking motorhome that has showroom floor appeal by the bucket-load.

On the downside, I overhead one or two prospective buyers umming and ahhing a bit over the Calypso’s considerable rear overhang, and one particularly hard to please chap was heard to opine that the front wheels looked a bit lost in the huge arches, but overall, this just might be the best-looking motorhome ever to have rolled off Explorer Group’s Consett production line.

So, all good news so far, and there’s more to come inside, where a new layout awaits. Key to this is the spacious U-shaped end lounge, which has apparently been a huge hit in last year’s Elddis Autoquest/Compass Avantgarde 180, and which suits the Calypso down to the ground. You could easily get six adults in there – possibly even around the dining table – even if those on the rearmost seats would have to make do without a full backrest. Better still, lighting from the four downlighters and Heki 2 rooflight makes the area feel spacious and airy. I quite liked the oatmeal-coloured soft furnishings, too. And the flush-fit windows, with their top-quality Seitz blinds, add a final stylish touch.

motorhome interior - Compass CallypsoAmidships, the nearside kitchen boasts acres of worktop and storage space. You’d naturally expect a proper spark-ignition cooker at this level, but you might not anticipate finding a fitted microwave oven as standard, as is the case here. You would think that this motorhome warrants something rather bigger than an 81-litre fridge, though.

Moving opposite, the washroom has a further surprise in store, because far from being of the all-in-one design you’d expect from a motorhome fitted with a large rear lounge, the Calypso manages to squeeze in a good-sized separate shower compartment. There’s not much room for those who are broad of beam and large of feet to manoeuvre around the electric-flush swivel toilet, although the washbasin is of a good size and there are a couple of good-sized cupboards.

Summary:

Compass’ new head-turning Calypso has everything a couple could want – a large lounge, huge kitchen and a proper separate shower.

Factfile:

Make: Compass
Model: Calypso 220
Base vehicle: Peugeot Boxer 2.2 HDi (100bhp)
Price from: £33,895  on-the-road
Length: 6.37m (20ft 9in)
Width: 2.35m (7ft 8in)
Height: 2.81m (9ft 4in)
Gross vehicle weight: 3,300kg
Payload: 424kg
Berths: 2

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