If you think Swift’s Boleros were upmarket, they’ve just inched even further up the ladder. Prices may have gone up – ever so slightly – for the 2015 season but that’s more than offset by a higher standard specification than ever as well as switching to a distinctive new look, hence the sub-title Black Edition.
Based on Fiat’s omnipresent Ducato with Al-Ko chassis extension – the latter affording a lower centre of gravity and, most would argue, better ride and handling characteristics – the 684FB is a full four-berth (sister model, 682FB, has twin settees and costs some £500 less and comes on a 3,500kg chassis).
That all-black cab certainly helps these latest Boleros look the part. Swift-branded alloy wheels are also standard, while latest models boast exterior features such as a solar panel and gas barbecue point.
Bodywork, as with all 2015 Swift coachbuilts, is the company’s SMART construction – free of timber, rugged and backed by a ten-year warranty.
The interior is just as swish. In fact, take the small step up to that lounge – with its wall-fixed table extension – and it will pretty well cope with up to six. For travel, the table gets a dedicated locker at the foot of the bed.
Two-tone upholstery as standard, although you can expect the leather/Impala upgrade to be a popular option.
Fiat’s cab seats get the captain’s chair treatment – with extra padding to the head restraints and full shoulder area support.
Swift rarely lets us down with its kitchens. This Bolero is no exception. The ‘midships part-curved unit is home to the latest Aspire 2 cooker, with dual-fuel hob and separate oven and grill. Plus there’s a microwave oven. The granite look to the kitchen worktop is actually GRP, while the acrylic splashguard includes backlighting. And that’s a new chrome-effect vector tap.
Also here is a full 190-litre Dometic fridge/freezer, with automatic energy selection. Washing-up is courtesy of the circular sink, with its add-on drainer. And storage is more than generous, not least thanks to the large carousel unit under the sink.
The bedroom is, of course, a delight, from its proper headboard to dimmable reading lights to the Duvalay Duvalite mattress. A folding partition allows some privacy here, too.
The washroom adjacent is always going to be that bit narrow in this format, but Swift puts the shower in the middle and provides it with solid folding doors plus a water-efficient Ecocamel showerhead. The loo is at the back, so there’s no problem with legroom. There’s a corner basin just inside the door and the whole washroom is properly lined. It’s just a bit of a surprise there’s no window. A rooflight suffices for ventilation.
Throughout, there’s the luxury of Alde’s programmable central heating system and it’s no surprise to see that all Boleros easily match the requirements for the highest Grade Three heating and insulation levels. A Winter Pack is standard, too, featuring fresh and waste water tank heaters, drainage insulation and fridge vent covers.
Truma’s gas regulator allows the heating system to be on whilst you’re travelling – allowing you to arrive on site not just in style but with the cosiest of living quarters!
This has everything you could want in a motorhome… and a bit more. Yet it remains excellent value for money versus its many rivals. Plus, because the Bolero comes fitted with a tracking device, it offers a generous insurance saving with Caravan Guard. Check out the motorhome insurance discounts page for details.
Verdict: Style and specification, in abundance
Plus: Very stylish take on a popular layout, excellent dealer network
Minus: Just the one engine choice
In-a-nutshell: Dancing on nice
Cost to insure: £333.50
- Swift Bolero 684FB
- Fiat Ducato, 2.3-litre, 130bhp Euro V
- Dimensions 7.04m L x 2.35m W x 2.77m H
- Maximum weight 3700kg
- Payload 560kg
- Key options: Vogue Pack – cab air conditioning, cruise control, colour reversing camera system, Status 550 TV aerial (£1,295), Comfort-Matic automatic transmission (£1,695), leather/Impala upholstery (£895), towbar and electrics (£595), roof rack and ladder (£550)
- Security and Safety Electronic immobiliser, ABS and EBD, twin airbags, smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, Tracker Retrieve, in-cab battery isolator switch, LED day-running lights
- MPG estimate 27-30
Recommended retail price from £54,665**
There’s more information on the Bolero 684FB on the Swift website and to find out more about our low-cost premiums visit the motorhome insurance discounts page.
Alternatives: Bürstner Nexxo Sovereign t660, Dethleffs Advantage T6601, Hymer T554 CL, Knaus Sky TI 650MF, Rapido 676FF
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*Motorhome insurance cost based on Swift Bolero 684FB retailing at £54,665 fitted with manufacturers immobiliser and Tracker Retrieve. UK travel only. Kept in secure storage with a 24hr locked barrier at TD9 8ED. Motorhome owners – professionals over 50 years old with no claims or convictions in last 3 years. 4 years no claims bonus mirrored from car policy and 2 years motorhome driving experience. Members of motorhome club doing less up to 5000 miles annually. £300 excess applies. Premiums include insurance premium tax at 6% and are correct at 07/11/2014
**On-the-road, including VAT at 20%