Some of the best caravans produced in the UK fight it out in the mid-market segment. With additional pressure from a new Swift Challenger and Bailey’s Unicorn, Elddis has worked hard to ensure the Odyssey gives buyers plenty to think about this season.

Following a big makeover last year, it’s a smaller set of tweaks for the Odyssey this year. Outside, new wheels, standard shock absorbers, better storage, new graphics and smoother sidewalls make it stand out from 2010 models.

Inside, deeper lockers, new locker doors, three upholstery choices and posher worktops are the most noticeable differences. LED spotlamp and kitchen lighting is standard and the cooker gets a main-electric hotplate as well as three gas burners.

Big news is the new 656 layout which is unique in the UK and could be the best seasonal pitch van on the market. This twin-axle six berth is a similar layout to the Avante 526, with a fixed double bed, side dinette and front lounge. Difference is the unique inclusion of a rear washroom. Whether it is the ultimate luxury two-berth or a practical family van is up to the buyer but it is certainly interesting.

The island bed 550 and nearside fixed bed 544 are deleted for 2011, leaving a five-floorplan range.

Odyssey 462    £15699
Odyssey 524    £16999
Odyssey 540    £16999
Odyssey 634    £18599
Odyssey 656    £18599


Odyssey gets a unique new layout, new kit and a host of detail upgrades ensure it competes well in the ultra-competitive mid-market this season