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A surprising amount of luxury at an affordable price? Check out the new-season updates for the lightweight, end-washroom, transverse-island-bed Venus 570/4
For 2015, these caravans were revamped and given a major redesign, which made them one of the best in their class.
Changes for 2018 major on styling rather than spec, with new exterior and interior looks.
We checked these out in the Venus 570/4, a transverse-bed, end-washroom model that sleeps four – one of the UK’s most popular layouts.
Pitching and setting up
It also has one-piece aluminium sides, a panoramic front window and a large gas locker with a contrasting grey lid.
The ABS front and rear panels are both full height, and access to the corner steadies is easy, while the grabhandles are large and sturdy.
The Venus is fitted with an LED awning light, a Status TV aerial and a midi Heki over the front end.
There is no sunroof, but that doesn’t affect the interior natural light, mainly because of the large front window.
The exterior service points, including the mains input and the battery box, are all on the offside.
We like the fact that the Venus has a stable door, although these have almost vanished from modern caravans.
Smart new exterior graphics add a touch of style.
There is plenty of overhead storage, with front corner shelves and a central chest providing two drawers and cupboard space.
Come dinner time, there is plenty of room to seat four, with super-supportive cushions, plus scatter cushions and bolsters.
The 2kW Truma heating ducts warm air to the lounge area, through a central outlet below the chest – a mains and a 12V socket can be found in the front lounge bulkhead.
Night-time lighting is provided by two corner LED spots, plus LED lighting behind the two front corner shelves, but there is also a ceiling light, offering ample illumination.
Overall, the lounge provides plenty of room and the freestanding table allows four people to dine here in comfort.
But you would be wrong to think this way, because here you will find a microwave, a Dometic fridge/freezer, a combined oven/grill, a three-burner gas hob and a large stainless steel sink with a clip-on drainer. There’s also a mains socket.
The microwave is opposite the main kitchen unit and at a sensible height. Below it is more worktop space, storage by the entrance door, and the TV aerial socket and mains socket.
Kitchen storage and workspace are excellent in this Venus 570/4, with plenty of neat practical touches.
Night-time lighting is provided by the ceiling light, while the side window and roof vent bring in natural light and allow for ventilation.
With a new worktop finish for 2018, the Venus kitchen really looks the part and offers any cook good facilities for meal-making.
It comes quite well-equipped, although the Thetford cassette toilet doesn’t have an electric flush – some might say that was a good thing.
The smart handbasin is a freestanding design, with ample cupboard and shelf space below. There’s also a sensibly sized mirror above the handbasin.
A roof vent plus a side window help to provide natural light and ventilation, while the ceiling light and LED spotlights offer decent night-time illumination.
The shower, a lined cubicle with good fittings, feels quite upmarket.
But there would be no problem if you did need to accommodate two extra people, because the front lounge seating converts into a sizeable 1.98 x 1.53m double bed.
Making up the bed is easily done, because the two seat bases have a slatted aluminium slide-out section.
The seat cushions are then simply dropped into position to provide a very comfortable double bed.
However, most people who decide to buy the 570/4 are likely to be doing so for its fixed bed, and of course, this is the very popular transverse design.
The fixed bed, which measures 1.83 x 1.34m (6ft x 4ft 4in), extends for night-time use and slides back a few inches in the daytime, to provide a little extra floor space.
The deep mattress on this bed offers support and comfort, so we believe that most users will find the Venus’s transverse bed ideal for a good night’s sleep.
The kitchen has good-sized overhead lockers and cupboard storage, too, while opposite there is a very useful side dresser, with another locker above it.
The wardrobe offers not only hanging space, but also a cupboard and a drawer in its base.
In addition, the fixed bed lifts up to reveal a vast amount of storage space underneath, and there is more locker storage above the bed – on the other side of the fixed bed, there is a smaller wardrobe, also with a drawer.
The rear washroom has a roomy cupboard with shelving, so overall, the storage in this Venus 570/4 should fulfil the requirements of most buyers.
And of course, if just two people were using the Venus, its storage would be better still, offering more than enough cupboards and overhead lockers.
Lightweight, spacious and well-equipped, the 570/4 has plenty going for it.
For many, it would make a good first buy, but it’s also ideal if you are upgrading.
The seating is possibly the best in its class, with excellent support and quality. The interior feels more upmarket, too.
The layout works well and we love the overall feeling of spaciousness.
Even if the 2019 season brings more changes, the Venus 570/4 is still value for money.
- The seating is superb and the interior is spacious
- It has a well-equipped kitchen
- It's lightweight and good value
- It doesn't have a bonded roof and it has a plain exterior profile
- There's no electric-flush toilet
- There are no flaps to allow access to the sofa bases