As with most entry-level tourers (with the possible exception of Sprite), a Venus isn’t exactly pretty on the outside. Although probably best described as ‘functional’, this isn’t saying it is an unattractive caravan, but it’s clear that costs are controlled when it comes to the design and production of the body panels.

The Venus 500/4 won the Editor’s Choice gong in our 2013 Tourer of the Year Awards. It’s how we recognise something that’s practically perfect, where a few careful improvements could make it truly great. Our judges praised the Venus 500/4 for its ‘what you see is what you get’ approach, noting its low weight and price. But we also subjected it to a real world test, to get behind the figures and tell the real story of this caravan.