Swift’s Rio range was designed to offer all the compactness of a van conversion in a coachbuilt – that meant the ’vans would be marginally narrower (2.26m wide rather than 2.38m).

When the range was first launched, both ’vans came with a large tailgate to let the outside in.

That aspect of the layout no longer features in all the models now in the range, although it does in the sole four-berth: the 6.4-metre 340.

The rear-lounge ’van with its drop-down double bed also features all the improvements to the Rio range as a whole made to Swift motorhomes for the 2017 season.

These include full GRP bodyshells, a quieter Dometic CU600 oven, and electronic fresh- and waste-water-tank drain valves.

Control panels are all-in-one Swift Command units, which can be run by a smartphone app.

But the most obvious improvement is on the outside. Black Edition models with a black Fiat cab and special decals have proved a great sales driver for the Kon-Tiki and Bolero ranges, so this season Swift has introduced them on the Rio.

The ’van runs on a 130bhp Euro 6 engine, with a 3500kg standard Fiat chassis – you get steps on both the habitation door and the tailgate door at the back.

Our test model included the Lux Pack, which adds cab air-conditioning, cruise control and a TV aerial.

This motorhome is priced from £51,780 OTR, £52,775 as tested.