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If you're new to touring and looking to buy your first motorhome, it's time to get closer to the Edge. Nick Harding takes a look at the six-berth 476.
If 2020 turns out to be the Year of the Budget Motorhome, here's the range that could spearhead it all. Swift, the UK's most prolific 'van manufacturer, has launched a new line-up where low price is everything.
The Edge, designed for families, offers five models, and we took an early look at the six-berth 476, one of three overcabs.
On the road for £50,125 might not strike you as 'budget'. But unless you're keen and can grab an early Edge with Euro 6b engine - in which case, the 476 would come in at £48,255 - your vehicle will have one of Fiat's latest Euro 6d engines, which adds vehicle excise duty of £2315.
At the time of writing, and despite intense lobbying by the NCC, these charges will apply to almost every new motorhome purchased with a Euro 6d engine.
From the outside, there's no denying the overcab pod is bulky. And the graphics, windowless habitation door and small wheels indicate a lower-price vehicle.
On the road
More essential, I'd argue, would be the £1195 Drivers Pack and £595 Living Pack.
Lounging & dining
This Edge makes do with a Thetford Triplex cooker (three gas rings, combined oven/grill) and a small Dometic fridge (albeit with removable freezer section). But I appreciate that a lot of cost has been saved here.
The main sleeping area is at the back, on high-level fixed single beds. Again, there's one side window, plus a standard rooflight; but this is what helps keep the price so low. But, because there's no overhead lockers (see Storage below), on the plus side, there's less feeling of being hemmed in. Better still (for many), you can sit fully upright in bed.
Look out, too, for special editions promising more equipment, although these will be at higher prices.
|Layout||Rear single beds|
|Fresh/waste water||100L / 68L|
|Leisure battery||80 Ah|
Dometic Fridge, 3-burner gas hob, Combined Oven/Grill
Thetford C-200 toilet
There's a new contender in the budget class for coachbuilt motorhomes. Swift has the Edge. The firm hasn't just kept the price down (all other factors considered), but the weights, too. It has also fully managed expectations. Searingly good value, the Edge is definitely one to watch.
- Feeling of space in rear bed area
- Low purchase cost
- Limited kitchen facilities
- Limited windows