Nick Harding

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The new line of Sports for 2020 makes Swift's Kon-tikis a whole lot more attainable. Nick Harding grabbed the opportunity for an exclusive first look.

Overview

The announcement of the Sport line-up is a major boost for Swift's 2020 season Kon-tiki offerings. The 560, one of seven Kon-tiki Sports - might have few surprises with its floorplan - four berths, rear French bed with washroom adjacent - but there's more than enough innovation inside.

Design

Striking graphics give a premium look, but non-flush fitting windows bring expectations down.

The bodywork uses Swift's SMART construction, and the firm's confidence in its product is reflected in the 10-year bodywork warranty.

Other features include a twin-lens reversing camera, fixings for a bike rack and a semi-recessed awning. The black metallic cab is standard.

On the road

Fiat's market-dominating Ducato provides all of the underpinnings, and the 560 Sport starts off with the 150bhp. Fiat has announced its next generation Euro 6d engines, and Swift says it plans to integrate these during the season.

The 560's cab is instantly recognisable, featuring the latest cup-holder central console and the uplift of bronze plastic trimwork.

Cab air-con is standard, and you get Remis blinds to all the cab windows.

The sub-400kg payload might seem tight, but only if the 'van is used as a full four-berth. There's every reason to suspect that couples will want to keep the Sport 560 to themselves.

Lounging & dining

Flat flooring runs from cab to lounge, where a forward-facing half-dinette offers safe travel seating for two behind the driver and an inward-facing sofa is behind the cab passenger.

The side-fixing table with a slot-in extension stows safely in a locker for travel. Upholstery is high quality, while factors such as the easy-action locker door catches all count in this Swift's favour.

A hatch in the floor offers useful storage, and access to the waste-water tank for cleaning, and then it's a small step down to the rest of the living quarters.

If you want examples of the thought that's gone into this motorhome, just stop at the habitation door. There's a floor locker for footwear, the bin in the door is raised to a more convenient height, and there are two double coat hooks.

Kitchen

The headline-grabbing feature of a star-studded kitchen is the 133-litre Dometic fridge, with its clever door operation that means it opens either way.

Across the corridor, the main unit is a space-efficient L-shape, with a dual-fuel Thetford cooker plus microwave, and a stainless-steel inset sink with add-on drainer. That worktop is space-age Fenix, as is the small fixed shelf behind the mixer tap. Note, too, the Omnivent and LED-lit splash panel.

Sleeping

At the back, few will have qualms about the comfort and support of the Duvalay Apollo Luxe mattress. Those handy reading lamps have a dimmer setting, and the two corner ledges will come in useful. There's a pleated curtain for bedroom privacy.

Washroom

The washroom adjacent boasts the usual fixed basin/swivel-bowl toilet/shower cubicle trio, accompanied by an Ecocamel Orbit showerhead on a riser bar.

Equipment

Minor points, but I could criticise the lack of USB outlets in the lounge (the cab and bedroom get them), the small cutlery drawer and the lack of a washroom window. And a possible deal-breaker is that only shorter people will be able to sit upright on the bed.

It's a top-heavy spec, though, with Alde central heating and hot water, solar panel and so on as standard, topped off with the Swift Command Thatcham Cat 7 Tracker, VIN CHIP theft deterrent and Connect Direct, Swift's online portal.

Technical specs

LayoutRear corner bed
Sleeps4
Travel seats4
MTPLM3500kg
Payload388kg
Length7.09m23′3″
Width2.38m7′10″
Height2.82m9′3″
Engine (capacity)2300
Fresh/waste water90L / 68L
Leisure battery100 Ah
Kitchen Equipment
Dometic Fridge, 3-burner gas with electric hot plate, Oven, Microwave
Heating
Alde water heater, Alde wet central heating
Security
Immobiliser, Alarm, GPS tracking system

Verdict

A cracking blend of style, high-specification and practicality, with loads of cues that should appeal particularly to British buyers. Uncomplicated pricing system (in other words, no hidden extras) can only help the cause, too. We also think it looks great.

Conclusion

Pros

  • Excellent kitchen
  • High level of specification
  • Luxurious mattresses

Cons

  • Lack of USB outlets in the lounge
  • No washroom window
  • Limited height available to sit up in bed