Your island luxury
The popular, long-running Radio 4 show, Desert Island Discs, has a category where the guest is invited to suggest one luxury they’d want to take with them on their otherwise deserted habitat. Nobody has suggested a caravan yet – but something with as much luxury as this Swift Elegance 560 could be a contender!
Not quite so long-running – the range was introduced in 2014; and this, the 560 is new for 2019 – Swift’s Elegances have nevertheless made their presence felt at the top end of the caravan market.
There are eight models today, five of which have island beds of varying orientations. This is the most standard of them all, arguably, with the main bed at the very back and a full-width washroom just forward of it, which means you walk through either side to join the rest of the living facilities.
Latest Elegances from the third generation of Swift’s SMART bodywork construction, which is now totally timber-free between its GRP outer and inner skins (including the all-important floor) and benefits from a market first – a lifetime water ingress warranty. There are terms and conditions, of course.
There’s definitely a distinct Elegance look, too, with items like heavy-duty corner steadies, alloy wheels, rear-view camera, 80Watt solar panel.
Swift caravan fans will have noticed a new-look front too.
Inside, the 560 is very much the model of a modern touring caravan. Two-tone gloss finish to the upper lockers, lots of decent quality plastic mouldings, large sunroof over the lounge, where the front bulkhead also incorporates a series of sockets (mains, 12V, USB). A DAB/FM radio is also standard.
The luxury continues all the way up to Alde central heating, along with features like Swift Command, meaning you can operate lighting, gas and electrical items via a 7in touchscreen or remotely by an app. Plus this comes with the Swift Command Tracker by Sargent, which will give owners a healthy discount on their caravan insurance.
At the back, that main bed is some 1.90m x 1.33m. It’s a Duvalay one-piece mattress, flanked by his and hers wardrobes with mirrored doors and mini ledges over drawers and lockers. There’s a mains socket offside, USB nearside, plus speakers.
All the fittings are here, too, for sitting up and watching TV in bed.
Plus, it’s easy to hinge up the bed’s metal framework for access to the storage area below, where you’ll also find the spare wheel.
Forward of the bedroom, washroom facilities are spread across the width of the 560, with two sliding doors for access. The shower cubicle includes an Ecocamel showerhead with water-saving on/off switch.
The towel holder and double clothes hook just outside the part-circular cubicle are handy – and the radiator beneath the latter will surely help as a towel warmer.
There’s a fixed basin with locker below and illuminated mirror above on the central bulkhead, whilst the swivel-bowl toilet takes up the offside. Beyond it is a large, opaque window.
Step forward again and the main kitchen unit stretches along the offside.
Again, all very neatly laid out, with Dometic cooker to the far right.
That worktop is in a material called Fenix NTM (it’s scratch resistant and deliberately designed for food preparation use), with the stainless steel sink inset and a flip-up worktop extension. Overhead are two lockers with a microwave oven set between them directly over the sink.
Fresh food storage is catered for by a slimline 134-litre fridge with freezer.
The rest of this Elegance is a list of equipment that stretches to pages. It lacks for little, as you’ll find out. Weight and cost are, inevitably, the only real downsides.
Verdict: Top-of-the-market single axle, island bed offering.
Plus: Sheer level of equipment, modern-day styling inside and out.
Minus: Weight, price
In-a-nutshell: Elegance not just by name
There’s more information on the Elegance range on the Swift website. To find out more about insuring this or your current caravan visit our caravan insurance discounts page.
Alternatives: Bailey Unicorn Cabrera, Coachman VIP 545, Elddis Crusader Aurora, Lunar Clubman SR
Swift Elegance 560 factfile
|Model||Swift Elegance 560|
|Dimensions||7.54m L, 2.28m W, 2.59m H|
|Safety & security||Swift Command including Thatcham Cat 6 tracker (subscription required), Al-Ko AKS 3004 stabiliser, Al-Ko ATC, Al-Ko Secure wheel lock, infra-red alarm system, smoke alarm, carbon monoxide detector, CRiS, VIN Chip|
|Key options||options Alternative upholsteries (from £195), wraparound cushion and backrest (from £175), satellite TV system (from £1,945), Swift Command Tracker annual subscription (£95)|