Andrew McPheeSee other motorhome reviews written by Andrew McPhee
It has a high quality finish, but find out if the Swift Bolero 630 EK really cuts the mustard in the expert Practical Motorhome review
A walk around the vehicle reveals other pleasing features: the neat little recess for the awning meaning it doesn’t protrude from the side of the vehicle, the indicators that are incorporated into the wing mirrors and the load-bearing roof bars. Swift has succeeded in creating a ‘van with a pleasingly streamlined shape.
On the road
However, by just sitting at the wheel we were able to see that the driving position was more like that of a car than you’d normally expect in a motorhome. This is mainly due to the steering wheel being positioned more vertically. The cab seats are comfortable and both have height and tilt adjustment.
Swift has included other optional Fiat features as standard. The Bolero has a central storage compartment that is large enough to hold a laptop, a cold drink store (chilled by the optional air conditioning) and a pop-up map holder. There are roomy door pockets and a big glove box. For winter driving the in-’van heating ensures that the whole vehicle is kept at a pleasant temperature. The ’van has central locking but a feature of the Bolero is that this also includes the habitation door to provide extra assurance.
Lounging & dining
The quality of the interior is excellent, too. All the internal doors feel solid and the door into the ‘van itself opens smoothly – it’s also damped to prevent any noisy slamming. However, the step up into the ‘van seems a little high.
Swift has installed a reasonably sized skylight over the lounge. There’s a large sunroof, which sadly doesn’t open, over the cab and together these provide good natural light throughout the whole of the ‘van. The only real downside to this is that you have to live without an overcab storage area, a space that many find perfect for storing bedding.
The lounge area is very comfortable, with two long sofas that could seat at least six people, so it’s ideal for entertaining. Also, by swivelling the two front seats 180˚, the lounge area can be used as two single beds instead. Wall lights positioned in the four corners of the lounge, each with individual switches, are great for bedtime reading.
There is a small coffee table that fixes at the side of the sofas and can be adjusted vertically, as well as angled horizontally. The long sofas also provide two large under-seat storage areas, although we felt that they would benefit from some internal partitions to make packing easier. There are good overhead storage facilities in the lounge area with three lockers along each side, all with adjustable shelves.
The LCD control panel was extremely user-friendly. As well as its basic on/off switches it’s also possible to use it as a timer for the hot water and heating. The ‘van plays DVDs and has Freeview TV, too (Vogue Pack).
However, while there is an opening skylight above the kitchen we were surprised that there was not an extractor fan, something that we consider essential. This seems a missed opportunity as many regularly use an extractor fan to remove cooking smells and to keep the ‘van cool at night during warm weather. Of course, it may be possible to fit one at a later date.
There is ample work surface and plenty of cupboard space, although we felt that some additional shelving would be beneficial. On the positive side, the dining table stores neatly in its own compartment within the large kitchen cupboard and the waste bin recessed into the habitation door is an excellent idea. We also liked the opening window in the door.
To the left of the bathroom is a wardrobe. We thought it was rather small, though. If you enjoy winter touring, it’s not much use for hanging coats and waterproofs.
3-burner gas with electric hot plate, Oven, Separate grill
Separate shower cubicle, Bi-fold shower door
The Bolero generally mixes style and practicality very well, and is well built into the bargain. With plenty of space for lounging and entertaining, it’s a fine place to spend time.
- Looks; interior style; quality; kitchen; washroom
- No overcab storage; no kitchen extractor fan; small wardrobe