Aimed at first-timers, this 4-berth van was named Best Budget Motorhome in our 2020 Motorhome of the Year awards

Overview

This clever four-berth impressed our judges with its luxurious floorplan, surprisingly spacious interior and excellent kit. Swift’s Edge range is a totally new line-up for the 2020 season, and we were intrigued by it from the start. Ii is well worth it's award of Best Budget Motorhome

The Hull manufacturer excels at high-end coachbuilts – witness the Swift Kon-tiki Dynamic for clear proof of that – so it was fascinating to step inside this new budget line-up for 
the first time.

Edge is very much aimed at first-time buyers, and we think it really hits the mark with the 494. 

There’s a clever blend of luxurious floorplan – a large transverse island bed stretches across the rear, and there’s plenty of space throughout the interior – and entry-level touches: you’ll find everything you could need here, but you won’t feel as though you’ve paid for anything you’re not likely to use.

The 494 is a four-berth, but we reckon that some couples will want to keep it to themselves, using the overcab bed as a storage area, or for accommodating the occasional guest.

Either way, the practicality of four belted seats allows you the option to do that whenever you like.

This really is a lot of motorhome for the money: there’s an excellent level of kit in here, including Truma Combi heating, a Dometic 8-series fridge, an oven and grill, cab air-conditioning, Duvalay mattresses on the beds, pleated blinds on the windows… and the list goes on. 

The soft furnishings look and feel classy, and there’s plenty of storage space – the 494 has a reasonable payload of 525kg, too.

In addition, if you decide that you want to make your Edge more personalised, there are a number of options to choose from, including a bike rack, an awning and more.

Technical specs

LayoutTransverse rear island bed
Sleeps4
Travel seats4
MTPLM3500kg
Length7.32m24′
Kitchen Equipment
Dometic Fridge, Combined Oven/Grill
Heating
Truma Combi heater

Verdict

What the judges said

“This is a big ’van that’s really great value – it’s ideal for first-timers to motorcaravanning.”

“The island bed is comfortable and makes the interior of the ’van look and feel more luxurious than its price tag would suggest.” 

See the full list of Motorhome of the Awards 

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