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Loaded with desirable goodies and with a roomy rear lounge, read on to find out how the dealer special Marquis Lifestyle 622 performs for touring couples
Swift’s Escape range has been wildly successful since its launch in 2010. Its blend of affordability and value for money, delivered on many popular floor plans, has made it a perennial bestseller. And it’s customisable – those who consider the base spec to be slightly ‘bare bones’ can upgrade to the Comfort Pack for some appealing extras. But if that’s not enough of an upgrade for some buyers, then Britain’s biggest motorhome retailer has something that may be of interest.
Marquis Leisure’s Lifestyle is a dealer special edition range based on the Swift Escape (for anyone unfamiliar, a dealer special is a super-plus version of the vehicle on which it is based). With 11 sites across England, Marquis is able to use its considerable buying power – Lifestyle is Swift’s biggest-selling dealer special edition – to source a package of desirable cab’n’hab upgrades and bundle them together for an eye-catching price.
Including the end-lounge two-berth 622, on test here, six Lifestyle models are available: the five-berth 624 (parallel lounge, end kitchen), the four-berth 644 (end lounge, half-dinette) and the 664 (French bed, half-dinette), plus six-berths 686 (rear lounge, full dinette) and 696 (rear transverse bunks, full dinette). All ’vans ride on the Fiat Ducato and are powered by a 2.3-litre turbodiesel engine.
Over and above Swift’s Escape specification, Lifestyle models carry the following equipment upgrades: wind-out canopy awning, twin-lens reversing camera and Winter Pack (insulated water tanks and fridge vent covers).
Cabs benefit from automatic air con, steering-wheel mounted audio controls and touchscreen sat-nav and CD player to go with the DAB radio with USB and Bluetooth connectivity. Safety system upgrades include ESC with hill hold, and Traction Plus with hill descent.
On the visual side, Lifestyle’s metallic black cabs call to mind Swift’s upmarket Bolero range rather than the all-white bodies of Escape, and are well co-ordinated with Lifestyle’s custom sidewall decals. Inside, a bespoke patterned soft furnishings scheme and grey drop-in carpets round off Lifestyle’s visual grammar.
Mirroring routine spec bumps to the Escape range, Lifestyle’s changes for 2016 have been modest. Swift’s SMART Plus habitation construction is now used (this adds a new sandwich floor skinned with GRP to the timber-free construction method rolled out across Swift Group’s coachbuilt motorhome portfolio in 2015), and the roof-mounted solar panels have been upgraded to 100W, from 80W. These added extras are available for a £5798 price premium over the Escape 622, plus a weight penalty of 31kg.
Like its siblings, the Lifestyle 622 is based on the Fiat Ducato, with a 2.3-litre turbodiesel producing 130bhp. A six-speed manual ’box comes as standard, although buyers can order Fiat’s ComfortMatic robotised gearbox as a £1500 cost option. With two travel seats and two berths, this is a ’van for touring couples only.
Lounging & dining
Although the seating is comfortable and offers good support, taller people may prefer a bit more backrest. Retrieved from its storage position in the wardrobe, a folding leaf table deploys easily into the gangway.
|Fresh/waste water||65L / 68L|
|Leisure battery||80 Ah|
|Gas tank size||7kg|
|Number of gas tank compartments||2|
3-burner gas hob, Oven, Combined Oven/Grill
The Marquis Lifestyle 622 includes a plethora of desirable upgrades over Swift’s Escape 622, led by the black cab, sat-nav, automatic air con, CD player and reversing camera. Lifestyle owners can have their ’vans serviced at any Marquis Leisure dealership, so you can incorporate the likes of a habitation check with your touring plans. Plus, as we went to press, the 622 was available for a special offer price of £42,495 OTR, making a good deal even better.
- End-lounge layout is popular with UK buyers and works well
- Attractive external appearance with black cab and pleasing graphics
- Built using Swift Group’s upgraded SMART Plus construction
- Desirable added extras: sat-nav, automatic air con, CD player and reversing camera
- Can be serviced at Marquis’s 11 UK locations
- Dual-fuel hobs would make good addition to overall spec, as would a separate oven and grill
- Space-saving washroom won’t suit all users