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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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
|Layout||Rear corner bed|
|Fresh/waste water||90L / 68L|
|Leisure battery||100 Ah|
Dometic Fridge, 3-burner gas with electric hot plate, Oven, Microwave
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.
- Excellent kitchen
- High level of specification
- Luxurious mattresses
- Lack of USB outlets in the lounge
- No washroom window
- Limited height available to sit up in bed