Sarah Wakely

See other News articles filed in ‘Motorhome’ written by Sarah Wakely
Here’s a sneak preview of one of the 2011-season’s most eagerly awaited motorhomes: the new-look Escape by Swift Group.

Here’s a sneak preview of one of the 2011-season’s most eagerly awaited motorhomes: the new-look Escape by Swift Group.


Two years after the entry-level range’s launch – during which time it won several awards and has firmly established itself as Swift Group’s best-selling range – it’s enjoyed an impressive external and interior make-over, and will take its bow at the NEC’s Boat and Caravan Show in February. We’ll reveal our first impressions, along with our full photographic treatment, in the March issue of Practical Motorhome (on sale 19 January), but until then, we've posted a short interior video, below, to whet your appetite.


Priced at £34,185 OTR, the 622, featured here, is a four-berth with one belted passenger seat. Our first impressions: the new look is striking. The blue cabin paintwork is more cleverly connected to the caravan body thanks to sweeping new graphic treatments. New wheel trims are an improvement on the original range, too.


The woodgrain finish throughout the interior is called Mali Acacia, and looks slightly darker to us than that in the original Escape.


In the living quarters, the cost-cutting you might expect from a budget ’van isn’t immediately apparent to the untrained eye. Okay, so the habitation windows don’t have pleated blinds, in the kitchen area chef will have to make do with the limitations of a combined oven and grill with three-burner hob, and kitchen storage is devoid of fancy wire vegetable racks – there are just good old-fashioned lockers.


But none of these detract from what is a very impressive overall package at this price point. Take the washroom: not only does it get the modern-looking Thetford C250 cassette toilet with wheeled holding tank, but unlike many ‘budget’ motorhomes, it gets a dedicated trigger-type shower head that’s separate from the tap in the corner basin. And we just love the wraparound lounge in the 622 model, which could be used as two single beds (one sofa measures 190cm, the other slightly less) or a massive double.


Swift Group has injected a healthy dose of extra showroom sizzle to its best-selling range at a time when it’s most needed – when VAT rates have risen to 20 per cent and it’s harder than ever for motorcaravanners to buy new.



Share with friends

Follow us on

Most recent motorhome reviews

Nomad Ranger


The Practical Motorhome Nomad Ranger VW campervan review – 1 - The Kombi-based Nomad Ranger costs from £44,135 OTR – the campervan pictured is £49,985 (© Practical Motorhome)
The Practical Motorhome Bailey Autograph 75-2 review – 1 - Priced from £50,995 OTR, the Peugeot Boxer/Al-Ko-based Bailey Autograph 75-2 has a 3500kg MTPLM (© Phil Russell/Practical Motorhome)

Autohaus Ashton


The Practical Motorhome Autohaus Ashton review – 1 - This T6 VW campervan costs from £37,950 with lots of available options – this model is £46,995 as tested (© Practical Motorhome)

Rapido 665F


The Practical Motorhome Rapido 665F review 1 - Read our Rapido 665F review – it costs £51,000 OTR, or £55,169 as tested (© Niall Hampton/Practical Motorhome)
The Practical Motorhome Rimor Katamarano 95 P Plus review – 1 - You get five berths and five travel seats yet still a 3500kg MTPLM, all for under £40,000 – read our review! (© Niall Hampton/Practical Motorhome)
The Practical Motorhome Hillside Leisure Birchover review – 1 - Hillside's Birchover costs from £41,995 for the long-wheelbase camper and from £39,995 for the short-wheelbase version – with extras, the featured model costs £46,749 (© Practical Motorhome)