Rob Ganley
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The new for 2014 Compass Corona range reviewed by Practical Caravan magazine's experts, featuring the Corona 462, Corona 574, Corona 540 and Corona 576

The reborn Compass ranges – Corona, Omega and Rallye – each feature four of the most popular floor plans available today and will significantly increase options for buyers.

Elddis has relaunched the marque it discontinued in 2009 because it believes there isn’t enough choice in the market, and this will be addressed by increasing the number of brands and models to choose from.

Compass vans differ from their Elddis stablemates in several ways, as the Practical Caravan range review reveals. All Compass models sit on an Al-Ko rather than BPW chassis, and will not be sold through Elddis retailers. Instead, a dealer network is being built from scratch. This will allow Compass to grow a discrete market share from Elddis, although its caravans retain benefits offered by its parent company, such as a 10-year body warranty.

Four models will be available in the entry-level Compass Corona range. All sit on Al-Ko chassis with shock absorbers and wheel lock receivers. Sidewalls have smart blue-and-grey graphics. The light-toned cabinet work sports handles with a brushed finish, and there are stainless-steel facings for the sink, microwave, hob, oven and fridge door.

Practical Caravan says...

"Priced the same as the Elddis Avanté, from £15,499-£16,999, the four Compass Coronas certainly provide more options for people shopping for popular layouts.

"Specification-wise, they have several points of difference from their parent brand’s offerings, most notably the Al-Ko chassis with shock absorbers, and the interiors are bright and airy with a pleasant ambience.

"To our eyes, however, Corona still looks very much like an Elddis product – inside and out. This may not matter to buyers, though, who may just like what they see at a price they’re prepared to pay."

The 2014 Compass Corona range

2014 Compass Corona 462

Prices start from £15,499.

A two-berth with a parallel lounge, midships kitchen and a spacious end washroom, complete with a separate shower cubicle and a big wardrobe. 

2014 Compass Corona 540

Prices are from £16,999.

A fixed bed four-berth with a parallel lounge, corner bed in the back and an end washroom. The fixed bed is 1.93m x 1.31m and the front lounge makes up into a 2.08m x 1.6m double. 

2014 Compass Corona 574

Prices start at £16,999.

A four-berth with fixed rear twin single beds, a parallel lounge and an end washroom across the width of the interior. The kitchen is located in the middle. The lounge sofas make up into a 2.08m x 1.5m double bed, while the rear singles are a respectable 1.98m x 0.75m. 

2014 Compass Corona 576

Prices are from £16,999.

A six-berth with longitudinal rear bunks, a parallel lounge, a nearside dinette and a washroom in the rear nearside corner. The front lounge made up either into two 1.9m x 0.7m singles or a 2.08m x 1.9m double, while the side dinette makes up into a 1.8m x 1.2m double. The fixed bunks are each 1.82m x 0.6m. 

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