The Practical Motorhome Swift Sundance 530 LP review – get the expert verdict on this Fiat Ducato based motorhome
Decent insulation in all four motorhomes means it could competently tour in spring and autumn, but freezing weather may prove more of a challenge.
The Sundance has an external locker door that permits access to the storage space under the left-hand lounge seat but this could allow draughts when camping during colder weather. It also has an electrically folding side doorstep.
On the road
You get ABS braking as standard and a driver’s airbag included in the base price, as well as electric cab door windows and mirrors and a CD/radio. There’s a good mix of easy-to-read instruments, plenty of storage space in the glovebox and door pockets and a dash-mounted pop-up clipboard for maps. There’s also a 12V socket in the dashboard for charging a mobile phone or powering aftermarket satellite navigation.
The driving position shows up the age of the Boxer/Ducato cabin and the steering wheel will not adjust sufficiently to allow a comfortable seating position for some drivers. A new Ducato range is due out later this year but it may take a while to filter through to convertors.
Lounging & dining
The dining table is stored inside the wardrobe, which can be awkward when there are clothes in there, and a certain amount of dexterity is required when putting the tables away.
For watching TV, the Sundance has a TV locker (with aerial point and power socket within) against the wardrobe’s outer wall, so the TV can be secured while in transit. Unfortunately, it’s not very practical for viewers sitting on the right-hand bench.
If you prefer to read rather than watch television, the Sundance has two large side windows in the lounge area, though the curtain arrangement means that slightly less sunlight can enter. A large skylight helps to brighten the living area and directional spotlights mean that reading is easy on the eyes.
The Swift’s fridge is positioned beneath the sink. You get a wine locker to keep glasses and bottles securely fastened on the left-hand wall on the other side of the door from the sink.
The shower door system is unnecessarily complicated. A clear plastic panel hinges into the centre of the washroom from the door, to meet the moulded plastic sink unit panel which also swings into the centre – they then close together via magnetic strips. Why Swift does not fit a simple shower curtain, as found in Auto-Sleeper’s Nuevo, or a concertina plastic door, as in the Auto-Trail Tracker EKS, we don’t know. The arrangement is not easy to use and does not feel sturdy.
The Sundance also doesn’t have a washroom window and this compounds the cramped feeling of its washroom. At least it has a skylight. There’s an electric-flush Thetford cassette toilet, but it doesn’t swivel for greater ease of use.
Storage provision is, however, good, so you will have no problems stacking away towels. There’s also a towel rail and toilet roll holder.
There are useful lockers above the lounge area, as well as large lockers in the overcab section.
Beneath the lounge seats is a reasonably sized storage area, with external access to the left-hand under-seat locker. This may be handy when retrieving bulkier items but it may also mean draughts when touring outside of summer months.
Dometic Fridge, 3-burner gas with electric hot plate, Oven, Separate grill
Thetford C-250 toilet
A low-cost way into this class, but it may not stand up to prolonged use as well as its rivals.
- The low price tag appeals
- Easy-to-work double bed arrangement
- Quality and finish are not up to the standards of its rivals