Niall HamptonSee other motorhome reviews written by Niall Hampton
New for 2016, the Swift Rio 325 has an innovative height-adjustable transverse bed over a rear garage and a fab kitchen, all in a sub-six-metre footprint
Swift’s Rio was one of the most distinctive British-made motorhome launches of 2014 (for the 2015 season). A low-profile coachbuilt sporting a rear tailgate to create an open aspect from the rear lounges, the inaugural 320 and 340 models have now been joined by two siblings.
Both eschew the tailgate, although the 325, which we are reviewing here, retains its innovation credentials with a height-adjustable transverse rear bed over a garage; the 5.99m-long 310 model has a parallel lounge and an end washroom.
The overcab moulding sweeps back pleasingly into the habitation area and Swift’s designers have made good use of black accents to offset against the white cab and sidewalls. These feature in the overcab moulding, the headlight surrounds and the black radiator grille, plus the three-quarter length window in the habitation door. Swift’s house-style red bridges the gap between the two tones.
On the road
Two belted seats in the dinette bring the total number of travel seats to four. Legroom in this position is agreeable and a large side window allows good sightseeing in transit.
Lounging & dining
Extra guests can easily join you for meals and snacks, courtesy of a clip-on lounge table and swivelling front seats. The choice of seating will also work well for a couple, who can face each other rather than sitting side-by-side on a seat bench.
Preparation space is not extensive, but this should not present a hardship for tidy cooks. Close the cooker lids, fit the sink infill cover and extend the tip-up flap to the right of the cooker and there’s some decent work surface to play with. To the left of the worktop is a 230V socket that is ideal for toasters, a sandwich-maker or a coffee machine.
A rooflight above the microwave can rid the motorhome of cooking odours and steam.
Behind this is a moulded unit containing a sink and a mixer tap that doubles as the showerhead. A curtain on a U-shaped track keeps spray from the wooden door, and users also get a half-length mirror.
Three lockers hang on the rear wall above the bed. A wardrobe next to the bed features restrainers to stow the dining table in transit.
Water and space heating are covered by a dual-fuel Truma Combi 4 with a digital control panel. Winter fridge vent covers, fresh- and waste-water tank heaters and underfloor waste pipe insulation are all included.
Among the cost options is the Lux Pack of cab air-con, cruise control and a Status 570 TV aerial (£995); this enables the upgrade to Fiat’s Comfort-Matic automatic gearbox (£1695). A reversing camera (£599) and detachable towbar (£595) are also available.
|Fresh/waste water||86L / 68L|
|Leisure battery||75 Ah|
|Gas tank size||7kg|
|Number of gas tank compartments||2|
Oven, Separate grill, Microwave
With a more conventional design – minus the rear tailgate – this new Swift Rio 325 should prove popular with traditionalists looking for a compact and well-equipped two-berth. In addition to the garage, there are plenty of storage options. And to see other Swift motorhomes for sale, click here.
- It handles well on the road and is very manageably sized
- The kitchen is well equipped
- Storage is good
- The washroom is a touch compromised