Sarah WakelySee other motorhome reviews written by Sarah Wakely
Family-friendly and offering value for money, the Edge 486 so impressed our judges, it won Best family motorhome for 2020. Sarah Wakely finds out more.
Swift has a strong reputation for value-for-money, family-friendly coachbuilts: witness the popular Escape range, which was launched with a fanfare at the February 2009 NEC show. The name, at least, has run and run - there's an Escape line-up for 2020 - but these days it's a more sophisticated affair than its early ancestor. So there's a gap to fill.
Enter the Edge, launched with similar fanfare this summer. This five-model line-up majors on value: prices start from £46,625 OTR, resulting in one model - the 494 - taking the Best Budget Motorhome category win in our recent awards.
The model on test here, the 486, was another winner, scooping the Best Family Motorhome trophy.
On the road
Lounging & dining
The 'Vittata' soft-furnishing scheme looks smart and feels hardwearing; Swift AirWave foam features in seats and backrests for comfort. All occupants should be kept snug and warm by the Truma Combi dual-fuel heating system.
The kit list has a Dometic 8 series manual energy selection fridge, combination thermostatic oven, three-burner gas hob and a grill.
This overcab bed gets Swift's exclusive Duvalay Duvalite Gravity Luxe mattress.
There's no separate shower cubicle (although that should make hosing down grubby children a bit easier); there is, however, a handy towel shelf up top, and a small amount of storage in the unit beneath the handbasin.
You can also choose the Driver's Pack (cruise control, DAB radio and more) - it's well worth the additional £1195.
Another option (if you have the correct driving licence) is the opportunity to upgrade the chassis to a 3650kg MTPLM; this costs £99 and increases the 509kg payload by 150kg.
|Fresh/waste water||100L / 60L|
|Leisure battery||80 Ah|
Dometic Fridge, 3-burner gas hob, Combined Oven/Grill
This is a practical floorplan that should really appeal to families - there's plenty of space for everyone to enjoy their holiday, and loads of room for them to take all of the kit that they need, even for longer tours. It's not the cheapest of models, but is good value - and a great entry-level 'van for first-time buyers.
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- Plenty of workspace in kitchen
- Layout offers zones for adults and children
- Not the cheapest of 6-berth models