Base vehicle: Peugeot Boxer Price from: £41,134 Berths: 2-6 Travel seats: 2-6 Length: 5.70m - 7.34m Width: 2.20m Height: 2.82m (2.87m for 196) Gross weight: 3,300kg/3,500kg Payload: 568kg-753kg
Compass brand was once a mainstay of the UK caravan and motorhome industry but disappeared from the forecourts for some seasons before being reintroduced in 2019. Today’s Avantgarde range mirrors that of the Elddis Autoquest but fabrics, graphics, etc – and, of course, the dealer network – are different.
You’ll find six coachbuilts in the range, all based on the Peugeot Boxer with a new 2.2-litre 140bhp Euro 6d engine. Another key change this season is the adoption of Whale’s 4.3kW CompleteHeat dual-fuel heating system, which is mounted underfloor to save space inside and free up more locker room for useful storage.
There are two, four and six-berth models in the line-up, all with seatbelts equal in number to the sleeping capacity. Several layouts come with fold-away Aguti travel seats concealed under side-facing sofas in the front lounge and these incorporate Isofix for child seats on 2020-season campervans.
The model shown here is the 196, a true family model with a pullman dinette and side settee seating area up front and a second lounge right at the back. Each lounge makes into a double bed, while a third bed lowers from the ceiling just behind the cab.
Other layouts available include a French bed and two derivatives with fixed singles, one with an end washroom, the other with higher beds over a garage.