The Compass Avantgarde 180 is easily the biggest ‘van in the famous British marque’s budget range. At a shade under 24ft long, it offers six genuine sleeping berths, six travel seats, a massive U-shaped end-lounge and a decent-sized overcab bed.

The 2007 model benefits from a fabulous front-end facelift and improved underpinnings thanks to the new Peugeot Boxer 2.2 HDi chassis cab. Apart from the new base vehicle, the model has not changed significantly since its introduction a few years ago – but why break a winning formula? The Avantgarde has a reputation for high quality at an affordable price. When the Explorer Group (which owns the Compass and Elddis brands) decided to streamline its range by offering a badge-engineered high-end selection of models and a budget range, it has been the latter, Elddis Autoquests and Compass Avantgardes which have proved a hit for the Group. With the benefit of a British manufacturer’s aftersales service and a wide dealer network for servicing, anyone in the market for a ‘van of these generous proportions at this bargain-basement price will be well catered for. But can the 180 compete when you could buy a second-hand ‘van with a more luxurious level of specification for a similar price?