The Swift Sundance motorhomes have had a bit of a makeover for the 2013 model year, with the 532LP featured here being the new name for the Sundance 530LP of 2012. The end digit, 2, now reflects the number of travelling seats as this two berth model has parallel seating, plus an end kitchen and washroom.
Built on the Fiat Ducato chassis and with 130bhp six speed Euro 5 engine, Sundance’s economy is improved along with its emissions for 2013. Further eco features include LED spotlights, along with ambient lighting over the lockers.
The kitchen has a remarkable amount of storage space and sports a new Dometic Series 8 fridge, along with other essential features like a Thetford 3 burner gas hob, oven and grill and microwave as standard.
New locker door design with “Mali Acacia” woodgrain (where do these names come from?) has a contrasting cream coloured inlay with chrome fittings, which along with the fabric choices for the curtains and seating creates a harmonious colour scheme throughout the motorhome. The sofas convert to a double bed and design changes mean that the bed length is now 1900mm.
The moulded over cab locker is certainly large; you could easily put the thickest of sleeping bags or duvets in there, no problem. I also liked the design of the wardrobe; again it had generous space for clothes, shoes and of course, the freestanding table.
One of the major specification improvements for this year is the new Truma Combi-boiler for hot water and heating, which not only frees up internal space but is much more efficient than its predecessor. It is dual fuel and is controlled by a dedicated touch screen pad and has the Truma drive-safe regulator for heat on the move.
And to make use of that freshly heated water there is the spacious shower room which features a new style tip-up basin creating a generously sized shower cubicle, but perhaps there’s not a lot of space for toiletries.
Another notable enhancement is the Thatcham approved Tracker Retrieve tracking system which is fitted as standard; this may well impact favourably with your insurance company and thus reduce the price of your motorhome insurance. The ‘drivers pack’ includes a reversing camera as shown in the photo above.
The exterior would be easy to keep clean and maintain due to its one piece 5000 series aluminium grade side walls.
This is a lovely unit, compact yet well specified with a practical layout and good use of space and technology. The model we reviewed had a number of optional extras fitted to it, the Driver’s Pack, which included upgraded radio/CD player with Bluetooth connectivity, USB/iPod/MP3 player connection with steering wheel controls, twin view reversing camera, silver dashboard trim, cab air-conditioning and cruise control. Some of these you may deem essential but they come as a pack. I think I’d choose to have them. If you were to use the motorhome all year round then you might consider the additional Winter Pack.
Price (as reviewed): £40,685.00
Cost to insure: £257.50*
- Berths; 2
- Number of belted travel seats; 2
- Overall length; 6.00m
- Overall width with mirrors folded; 2.24m
- Overall height; 2.90
- Maximum weight; 3300kgs
- Payload; 375kgs
*Insurance premium for this motorhome based on Swift Sundance £40,685. Fitted with Manufacturer’s Immobiliser and Thatcham Cat 1 Alarm system. Kept on driveway at home at TD9 8ED. Insured & spouse, 50 years old, professionals, with no claims, convictions or health conditions in last 5 years. 5 years transferred NCD, 5 years motorhome driving experience. Members of motorhome club doing less than 5000 miles annually. European insurance cover for motorhome costs extra – please call for quote. European Breakdown is £43 extra. Premium includes Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) at 6% and is correct as of 20.11.12.