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How do you improve a motorhome range that's been popular for 10 years? The new twin-lounge 2016 Swift Bolero 744 PR shows how it's done
Motorhomes with end lounges are popular for all sorts of reasons, such as their spaciousness and the oceans of daylight that flood in. Another benefit is their flexibility, and Swift adds to this by offering a choice of two seating arrangements in its new Bolero 744 PR.
This is the 10th year for the Bolero, a popular range in Swift's 2016 motorhome line-up. And what this model has in common with the three others in the range is the new-design GRP walls inside and outside, which clad Swift’s timber-free and water-resistant SMART Plus construction.
The Bolero is built on a Fiat Ducato base vehicle. What distinguishes it most is the end lounge, where you can specify either parallel or wraparound seat benches when you order.
A roll-out sun canopy and exterior gas and mains points enhance outdoor living. A 100W solar panel can supplement the mains power supply, whose inlet is on the offside.
The control panel is above the habitation door. The power and lights can also be controlled remotely, as is the case with the Alde central heating system. It’s clever stuff but it may be too complicated for some users.
LEDs are used for the running and rear road lights. The GRP end panel has fitting points for a bicycle rack, while alloy wheels add to the Bolero’s snappy looks.
On the road
Lounging & dining
Large side windows contribute plenty of natural light, while the LED units provide superb illumination at night. Ample overhead lockers and corner shelves are finished in oyster and Aralie Sen gloss, which gives the Bolero an upmarket feel. Mains and USB sockets round out the features.
The front lounge is just as inviting; the cab seats swivel to face rearwards, and the dining table pivots for use by those in the cab or parallel seats – all with excellent night-time lighting. If you’re touring as a family, this layout gives parents and children their own living spaces.
The high-level of specification includes a microwave oven and a Dometic oven that is designed not to rattle while in transit. We felt the lid was quite stiff in use if you want to cook on the dual-fuel hob. The 190-litre fridge/freezer is big enough to take all the perishables you need for weekend breaks. The stainless-steel sink comes with a clip-on drainer.
The front lounge seats are made up into a double bed measuring 2.01 x 1.51m (6'7" x 4'11") using slide-out bases like those at the rear. Both lounges have TV brackets.
|Fresh/waste water||100L / 100L|
|Leisure battery||100 Ah|
|Gas bottle size||13kg|
|Number of gas bottles||2|
Dometic Fridge, 4-burner gas hob, Oven, Separate grill, Microwave
Thetford C-200 toilet, Separate shower cubicle
The SMART Plus construction in the Bolero should give years of trouble-free service, while the gloss finish adds to its appeal. The enormous end lounge can easily handle four – or even six! And don’t forget the attractive interior, or the high spec throughout. The 2016 Swift Bolero 744 PR is a winner. And to see other Swift motorhomes for sale, click here.
- Rear lounge seats six
- Twin lounges are ideal for families
- Full oven, grill and four-burner hob
- Easy to drive
- Swift's SMART construction means it's built to last
- High spec, including Alde heating
- Two big double beds
- Sun canopy
- Solar panel to boost your mains power
- Wardrobe hanging space is limited
- No window (just a rooflight) in the washroom