Swift’s decision to retire its established Sundance range for the 2014 season was a good one, as its replacement has gone down well with the UK motorhome fraternity. With Esprit sales 35% higher than the final season of Sundance, the new line-up has clearly struck a chord. Will the transverse bed, increased spec and smart interior of the 2015 Swift Esprit 494 win over buyers?

Swift re-energised its mid-market coachbuilt range by adopting a cheaper-to-manufacture bodyshell and packed the new models with an improved specification. Prices weren’t massively lower than they were for Sundance, but there was clearly an improved value proposition and buyers’ response was positive. 

Esprit is back with a bang for the 2015 season. New Fiat Ducato cabs and timber-free habitation area build lead 
the changes, but Swift has grasped the chance to add 
a raft of spec bumps that will tickle the motorcaravanner’s buying bone. 

There are two new models: the 424, a 5.99m-long end-washroom two-berth, and the four-berth 494, which features a transverse island bed on a body of less than eight metres in length. To find out how good the larger of the two is, we took a demonstrator unit to the Camping and Caravanning Club’s Chertsey site to test it.