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Read the Practical Motorhome Swift Sundance 630L review
Swift’s Sundance range is a popular entry to the motorhome market, being a big-selling range from the UK’s largest motorhome manufacturer.
The 7.5m 630L is the biggest ’van in the range, along with the 630G garage model. For our low-season outing, the large rear-lounge of the 630L was the more suitable of the two. At £37,020 it’s comparable with Auto-Trail’s £40,000 Apache 700SE.
Glossy GRP sidewalls make for a surface resistant to light bumps and knocks, while the aluminium side skirts look smart and hardwearing. The mouldings on the prow of the overcab and across the roofline at the rear of the ’van provide a home for the sidelights, and minimise the visual impact of the vehicle’s considerable size.
External storage is limited to the small locker under the rear seat bench, on the nearside. It’s adequate for storing ramps, mains cables and hosepipes but the narrow opening puts your knuckles at risk while packing and unpacking.
Access to services is pretty good, but while on the move the waste tap gets caked in gunk. Also, having the mains cable next to the living-area entry door means you need to ensure that it’s tucked out of the way of people’s feet.
On the road
The only things that still frustrate us are the limited rake adjustment of the steering wheel, the high driving position and draughts around the cab doors. However, these are Fiat, rather than Swift, issues.
Lounging & dining
When dining, the front dinette has space for four to eat in comfort. The spacious rear seats are more comfortable for this number, although the table is a touch small and makes access awkward while it is in place. Spotlights illuminate both seating areas and there are plenty of rooflights.
The Truma mains electric/gas blown-air space heating was effective at maintaining warmth during cold weather.
There is a dedicated locker for a microwave oven, with the heavy-duty mains wiring already in place.
Food storage space is limited to the tall locker cupboard between the fridge and cooker, but the racked roof lockers (for cups and plates) could hold lightweight food items, too.
A worksurface is provided to the right of the sink, but we would prefer one of the two spotlights under the cupboards to illuminate the area.
The overcab bed is a good size for adults as well as kids, and has a one-piece foam mattress, sitting on slats.
The rear-lounge makes for the best bed, though: oriented across the ’van, it provides a large, flat, bed with a privacy curtain to partition the front lounge; and the TV shelf (next to the lounge) makes a great bedside table.
A handful of fillet cushions along with wooden extensions mean that the dinette bed is fiddly to make up – the finished berth, however, is commendably flat and supportive. The seat-belt mountings at either end of the bed make it tricky for taller users to get comfortable, though.
There is a separate shower area provided, thanks to a swing-wall arrangement. This is latched against the wall and swings across the washroom to keep the toilet dry as you wash. It works fine, and also provides a greater washroom area whenever the shower unit is in use. Due to this, the wash-hand basin lacks conventional taps: instead, the showerhead performs double duty by dropping into the sink. For normal face washing and tooth cleaning, it is not a very user-friendly arrangement.
There are lockers under the rear bench seats. The nearside unit allows external access in addition to doors along the toe-boards inside.
The wardrobe offers a wealth of half-height hanging space, and the shelf unit (suitable for a TV) has a deep-shelved cupboard in which heavy items may be stored. There is a clear-fronted cabinet above with wine bottle and glass storage, along with plenty of roof lockers.
3-burner gas with electric hot plate
A comfortable, sociable lounge and winter-friendly specification make this a great low-season tourer. The big engine makes molehills out of mountains and it’s good to drive. For six, payload would be limited but we think the 630L is more likely to be used by a couple with a small family, in which case, loading capacity would be adequate.
- Rear lounge; price
- Low payload for four; low water capacity; six berths but only five belted seats