Practical Caravan's experts review the Compass Rallye 574 to find out if this is a real return to form
The news that Elddis would be resurrecting Compass for 2014 – some four years after it discontinued the brand – certainly came out of the blue.
Three ranges were launched, the entry-level Corona, the mid-market Omega and the upmarket Rallye, giving a total of 12 new models, all featuring layouts that will be popular with buyers. The Compass Rallye 574 offers a premium-package interpretation of the fashionable fixed twin-single-beds floor plan.
All Compass caravans use Al-Ko chassis and running gear. This differentiates them from Elddis products, which run on BPW.
Pitching and setting up
An LED awning light sits atop a two-piece caravan door. Smart blue and grey graphics contrast well with the black colour scheme of the front of the caravan.
The parallel seats are firm and comfortable, with pronounced knee rolls. Between them, a centre chest has two drawers at knee height, and an extendable top that’s just right for placing your drinks and snacks.
For more formal entertaining there’s a drinks cabinet in the space above the nearside dresser. You will also find a TV point here.
A rectangular sink sits above the fridge. In addition, the work surface to the left of the sink can be extended via a pull-out flap.
The washroom doesn’t seem particularly cramped. We found there is good room to move around and everything feels as though it’s in the right place.
The 574’s interpretation of the layout is a good one – the washroom door seems quite narrow, presumably to increase the width of each bed. Up front in the lounge, the parallel seats convert easily into a spacious double bed.
Opposite, a half-length wardrobe is located above further cupboard space, and there are three overhead lockers (with handles, rather than positive catches) situated over both of the twin single beds. The beds raise on gas struts to reveal storage beneath – this can also be accessed via locker doors on the side of the tourer.
In terms of specification, the four-berth Compass Rallye 574 goes head-to-head with some illustrious rivals (such as the Bailey Unicorn II Cadiz, Lunar Clubman SB and Swift Conqueror 565) and more than holds its own.
It looks sharp inside and out, is well equipped and good value for money, too. Buyers get the benefits of Elddis’s SoLiD construction technique, plus a 10-year bodyshell integrity warranty. The 574 is a great return to form from Compass.
- Great looks
- It comes with a good kit list – including a front sunroof
- It has a keen price at launch
- 10-year bodyshell integrity warranty
- Does it look distinctive?
- The sunroof means it loses some overhead storage space