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Best low-profile motorhome 2022

We reveal our choice for the best low-profile motorhomes

If you’re looking for the best low-profile motorhome on the market, you’ve come to the right place.

Using our decades of collective industry experience, we’ve picked out the winner at the Practical Motorhome Awards 2022, as well as the models that made our shortlist.

The winner of the best low-profile motorhome is…

Swift Select Compact C500

The kitchen area of the Swift Select Compact C500, winner of the best low-profile motorhome at the Practical Motorhome Awards 2022
  • Price: £57,395
  • Berth: 2
  • MiRO: 2797kg
  • MTPLM: 3300kg
  • Shipping length: 6.65m

Reasons to buy:

  • Comfortable rear lounge
  • Comfortable beds

Reasons to avoid:

  • Small washroom

The Swift Select range is all new for 2022 – a compact coachbuilt version of the Select van conversions that Swift has been offering for some years now. The C500, however, is a new motorhome layout that hasn’t previously been offered, but should prove very popular with British motorcaravanners.

The two-berth includes a front dinette with two travelling seats, so you can easily use it for day-to-day travelling, and a cosy rear lounge with wraparound seating that converts either into two singles or a large double bed. As with all the new Select Compact range, the outside isn’t just a white box as the cab comes in Lanzarote grey.

The rear lounge felt a little squeezed we thought – a necessary sacrifice in a compact ‘van – but despite this, it creates a cosy atmosphere. It’s well-lit, with natural light flooding in through the side and rear windows, while in the evening, ambient lighting is provided behind the lockers and there are also four spotlights.

We were pleased with the size of the single beds that can be made up in the lounge too – they’re 6ft and 6ft 5in. We also liked how easy we found the double to make up – the huge bed can be made by turning over the cushions which are attached to the slats with Velcro, while the kneehole is soft.

We did find one downside with this though – they will make the double under the mains socket and USB ports beneath the central part of the settee fairly inaccessible.

The kitchen has a good workspace, we were pleased to see, even without using the extension. There’s a Thetford Triplex oven and microwave fitted, while we thought the curved shelf would be an ideal space for a radio or kettle.

When our reviewer, Peter Baber, stepped into the washroom, he compared it to an “airline washroom”, thanks to the all-plastic cupboard and long, narrow basin. We also found there’s no separate shower; instead, the shower head doubles up as a basin tap, while the roof vent and a large, well-lit mirror can also be found in here. We thought the cupboard in here was perfectly adequate though.

Compact motorhomes are nothing new, but few come as UK-friendly with this, or for such a relatively modest price.

Review: Swift Select Compact C500

We also shortlisted the following for the best low-profile motorhome

Adria Matrix 600 SL Axess

Adria Matrix 600 SL Axess parked on a forecourt
  • Price: £65,795

We’ve always loved this layout with its long single beds above a huge garage at the back. For 2022 in Axess spec it now comes with a double floor too, while the drop-down bed over the front lounge fits much more snugly into the ceiling.

Bailey Adamo 69-4

Bailey Adamo 69-4 bedroom area, with double bed
  • Price: £62,999

Bailey’s take on an increasingly popular Continental layout featuring a parallel settee front lounge with a drop-down bed and a large end washroom is an impressive achievement. It should certainly persuade UK motorcaravanners looking to buy such a layout that they can still buy British.

Dethleffs Globebus T1

Dethleffs Globebus T1 on a white background
  • Price: £56,490

Dethleffs’ compact range has been updated this year with a new interior with light wood and white surfaces and a concrete-look floor. The kitchens have been redesigned to create more workspace too. The transverse bed T1 still comes in at 5.99m.

Hymer T Class S 585

Hymer T Class S 585 parked up
  • Price: £62,030

This new Mercedes-based model, with 2.04m interior headroom thanks to its low chassis, includes the option of replacing the steel double leaf spring on the rear axle with a GRP spring to save 16kg in weight.

Burstner Lyseo Gallery

Burstner Lyseo Gallery parked up

Price: TBC

A coachbuilt motorhome that drives as a low-profile but comes with an inflatable overcab that can be raised in 90 seconds to create more living space or an extra double bed? Bürstner has proved it is possible in 2022.

McLouis Fusion 330

McLouis Fusion 330 on a white background
  • Price: £55,995
  • Berth: 4
  • MTPLM: 3500kg
  • MiRO: 3058kg
  • Shipping length: 6.49m

Reasons to buy:

  • Comfortable lounges
  • Good spec in washroom
  • Good lighting

Reasons to avoid:

  • Only a two-burner hob
  • Settee bases are bulky

The McLouis Fusion range matches Italian style with Auto-Sleepers quality. The 330 is the first model in the range to include a UK-friendly rear lounge. But it still manages to have a small garage too.

The kitchen contains a side-on two-burner gas hob, which, while space-saving, is perhaps not always practical when you’re cooking in a small space. However, you do get a large sink and a stylish splash back which is also backlit. You’ll also find a 142 litre fridge and Thetford Duplex combined oven and grill.

At the back of the ‘van, you’ll find a drop-down double bed – it has decent headroom, while the addition of adjustable reading lights is a nice touch. We found the single bed that can be found at the back, very comfortable while the second is a drop-down, located over the front dinette.

In the rear lounge, we liked the size of the four overhead lockers and the cabinet under the TV shelf. We did find the seat bases of the U-shaped settee an effort to move though – doing so will allow you to access a small cubbyhole on the nearside, while the rear section offers access to the garage.

The washroom is also well-specified, while we have to say, the lighting is strong throughout the van too.

Read our full review: McLouis Fusion 330

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