That enormous garage and high payload mean this ’van would be great for a couple on a longer tour, who want the benefit of compact dimensions but with a high specification.
They’ll need to be happy to live with the Swift Rio 325’s small washroom, however, and the upright dinette seats in the lounge.
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We’re fans of that large garage and the ’van has a generous payload
This is a well specced ’van
Its usefully compact dimensions make it easy to handle
The washroom is an all-in-one affair
The belted travel seats in the lounge aren’t great for relaxing in
Swift’s Rio compact coachbuilt range was launched in 2014, with the transverse-double-bed 325 making its debut the following year.
It’s remained in the range ever since, and continues to be part of the Black Edition family, with its black cab and striking graphics.
Swift’s Rios are designed to be a genuine coachbuilt rival to a panel van conversion.
As well as being below the magic 6m mark in length – meaning it should fit in a regular parking space – the 325 is just 2.26m wide.
There's an enormous garage across the rear, with a 200kg limit
Despite its diminutive size, the lounge, with its two forward-facing belted seats and the two swivelling cab seats, still feels spacious.
That’s helped in part by the large skylight, the Cordone soft furnishings and the high-gloss lockers.
That said, those belted seats are rather upright, so you’ll need to recline the cab chairs to really relax.
The Swift Rio 325’s well-equipped kitchen has a Dometic 112-litre fridge with a removable freezer compartment, a Dometic CU600 oven, a microwave, a granite-effect sink and more.
Particularly pleasing is the worksurface – there doesn’t appear to be a huge amount at first glance, but the lift-up extension flap by the door is a reasonable size.
There’s also a fair amount of storage here. In addition to the two positive-catch lockers (one with a crockery rack), there’s a cupboard by the fridge, with a drawer above.
If you are busy preparing food in the kitchen, access to the washroom is a little tight – the door swings open towards the former.
The washroom feels the most compromised area of this Swift motorhome: there’s no separate shower cubicle, so you need to grapple with the fabric curtain.
There’s only one plughole, so you’ll want to ensure your ’van is level, too. The showerhead itself doubles as the washbasin tap.
Elsewhere here you’ll find an electric-flush swivel toilet and a small cupboard.
The transverse bed is a good size, at 1.84 x 1.33m (6’0” x 4’4”), although if you’re tall, you could find it a little short.
But as in all fixed-bed Swifts, there’s a comfortable Duvalay mattress. It’s wider at the head than the foot, meaning more comfort for occupants at night.
There’s also space for a TV at the (offside) foot of the bed, with all of the relevant sockets that you’d need.
The Swift Rio 325’s bed can be manually raised or lowered. Need more space in the garage? Wind it up. Finding the bed tricky to access? Wind it down.
The latter shouldn’t really be a problem, thanks to the slide-out unit on the floor, which provides a step up.
The front dinette can be made up into a bed, but it’s small and only really suitable for occasional use – Swift lists the Rio as a two-berth.
The two-berth 325 is the only ’van in the trio of Rio models that doesn’t have a lift-up tailgate, because of the rear transverse bed.
Storage is instead taken care of by an enormous garage across the rear – this has a 200kg limit and, with the bed above in its higher position, it should be big enough for a pair of bikes.
Storage towards the rear – that whopping garage aside – consists of a trio of lockers and a couple of cubbyholes above the bed.
There’s also a half-height wardrobe towards the foot of the bed.
The motorhome’s 700kg payload should be more than enough for all the kit you need.
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