Sarah WakelySee other motorhome reviews written by Sarah Wakely
Looking for a true couples 'van that offers a great specification without busting the bank? This new for 2019 Escape model might be the one for you.
Swift's Escape range is almost 10 years old now, and this budget range of motorhome has proved wildly popular since then. The line-up received a fairly major overhaul in 2017, so changes - the launch of a new Compact sub-brand aside (we tested one model in the December 2018 issue) - remain fairly limited for the 2019 season.
However, there is a new arrival to the Escape range: the 612, tested here. It's an end-kitchen two-berth that sits at less than six metres in length. So it has a tried-and-tested layout, but how does it fare for two on tour?
Step into the Fiat Ducato-based 'van and you will immediately notice the kitchen on your right; the 612 is the only end-kitchen layout in the 10-model regular Escape family.
On the road
With the manual gearbox fitted, the payload of the 612 is a whopping 760kg; if that's not enough, and you have the C1 licence to allow you to drive it, you can upgrade to a 3650kg chassis over the 3500kg version; that's a dealer-fit option, and will cost you just £99.
Lounging & dining
Both of the cab seats swivel, allowing two additional occupants to be seated in comfort, and everyone can dine at the table. Despite the 'van's short length, the sofas here are a really good size, allowing you to stretch out in comfort.
The level of kit in the kitchen is impressive: it includes a Dometic AES 85-litre fridge, a three-burner gas hob and oven/grill, a microwave, a decent amount of storage space and a rooflight above. If you require more work surface, the unit behind, opposite the washroom, makes the perfect place for dishing up.
The Ecocamel Orbit shower head will also help the user to use less water, and the Micro-Heki rooflight above keeps things bright.
|Fresh/waste water||90L / 68L|
|Leisure battery||80 Ah|
Dometic Fridge, 3-burner gas hob, Combined Oven/Grill, Microwave
The Escape range has long been a favourite of the buying public, and this little 'van - which allows you to buy a new Escape with an end kitchen - is likely to prove just as popular. It was shortlisted for our recent Motorhome of the Year awards, and deservedly so: it's a very impressive small coachbuilt.