It was possibly a sign of supply issues with Fiat when Swift launched its first range based on a Ford Transit. But the Voyager retains links with the past – three of its four models resemble layouts in the Fiat-based Escape. On the four-berth Swift Voyager 584, tested here, we like the fresh blue decals, which sweep up to form stylised bird figures.
Climb in past the door (complete with umbrella stand), and the theme continues. The browns and beiges of the recent past have now given way to contemporary blues and greys in the ‘van that was our winner of the best low-profile motorhome category at the Practical Motorhome Awards 2023.
The standard Ford cab has a single display in the middle, drinks holders at the sides, and on our test model, an auto gearbox (part of a factory-fit optional extra with a 155bhp engine).
In the Swift Voyager 584, you’ll find an easy-to-assemble travel seat under each of the side settees. They are worth sitting in, too, with good legroom and a great view out of the window.
The cab seats swivel smoothly, and each has a swan-necked, individually switched reading light nearby, as well as a mains socket. There are also two USBs close to hand in the lounge.
The pedestal table folds in half to allow for easy access from the cab to the rear. But fully folded out, it offers easily enough room for at least four people to dine comfortably here.
The kitchen work surface has no extension, so while it has two mains sockets nearby, if both were being used for, say, a kettle and a toaster, you wouldn’t have much worktop
left. You might have to use the table.
You do get a dual-fuel hob with four burners, but only a combined oven and grill. The stainless-steel sink is roomy, and the 133-litre two-way opening fridge is fine for the food of four.
There’s no step to the kitchen, but there is a large one to the washroom further back. However, this area does shut off on both sides, to separate it. The main washroom has a sizeable basin, with a large mirror. The room is also well lit and ventilated.
There’s a larger vent in the aisle and another for the shower, which has good headroom, but only one drain hole.
Unusually for a motorhome with this layout, the two single beds at the back are just singles: there is no panel here to make them into a large double.
Still, they are both a good length on their own, and by not including overhead lockers across the top at the back, there is plenty of room to sit up in bed. You also get more USB ports and a mains socket, not including the second set of sockets Swift has set on the wall for a possible TV here (see our motorhome TV guide for our pick of the best products on the market if you’re looking for one).
Flicking a switch in the kitchen lowers the pedestal table in the lounge, to start making up the second double. You then just rearrange the cushions: there’s no need for any infill. With the bed in situ, there is still a small area to perch on while donning your shoes.
Having two travel seats under the settees up front limits your options for storage in the lounge. Swift makes up for this with four large overhead lockers, all of which have shelves.
The lack of any overhead lockers at the rear does mean you only get two cupboards under the beds.
However, there are cubbyholes in the steps, along with drawers that ingeniously come out from the sides.
It’s a pity there’s no internal access to the garage, which is big enough for bikes, with external doors providing easy access outside. The 12V socket here is handy, too.
The kitchen has two overhead lockers (one can be used for a microwave as a dealer-fitted option). There is a large cupboard with two shelves, a drawer under the oven and the fridge, and another cupboard over the fridge.
You also get a small cupboard by the mirror in the washroom, and a larger shelved cupboard under the basin.
Practical Motorhome Says…
With the launch of this new range from Swift, the motorhome brand has shown that although it has traditionally worked on Fiat, it is more than capable of switching to other base vehicles.
The lounge in particular is comfortable and well appointed. We would like to have seen a panel to make the two singles into a double bed, and internal access to the garage. But the Swift Voyager 584 is still a ’van that will be easy to live in for families, or couples looking for just a little bit more space.
- Take a look at our guide to the best motorhomes with fixed single beds for more ideas from ‘vans with a similar layout
- Price: £67,495
- Sleeps: 4
- Belts: 4
- Base vehicle: Ford Transit
- Engine: 2.0-litre, 155bhp Euro 6D
- Length/width/height: 7.85/2.37/2.87m (25’8”/7’7”/9’4”)
- MTPLM: 3500kg
- MiRO: 3076kg
- Payload: 424kg
- Water (fresh/waste): 110/85 litres
- Leisure battery: 80Ah
- Gas: 1 x 6kg
Or you could try…
- Benimar Tessoro 483: this is a well-designed ‘van with plenty of storage on offer.
- Itineo CM660: this ‘van provides a comfortable lounge and good quality fixtures and fittings.
- Mobilvetta Tekno Line K Yacht 95: space and comfort are provided in this motorhome.
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|Shipping Length||7.85 m|
|Engine Size||2000 cc|