All-seeing is all-believing
Flagship. Icon. Classic. Swift’s Kon-tiki responds to all those names, and more. So, when the motorhome range gets an overhaul, you know to expect something even more special.
The latest batch – five models, four of which are in Low as well as High versions – can also claim to be the biggest Kon-tikis yet.
This is the Low version of the 9m-plus long 650 motorhome – the High (ie overcab) variant ups the berths to six at no extra cost – based on the Maxi version of Fiat’s Ducato with 150bhp engine (upgrades are available). Use of Al-Ko’s chassis extension means Swift can give the Kon-tiki a double-floor construction, optimising insulation as well as giving extra lowest-level storage.
There’s the best part of a tonne of payload here, so you might well want to make the most of the luggage-carrying capabilities. Just note, it’s all rated at 5,000kg.
But, it’s as high a specification as you’ll get in any British-made motorhome. Equally, it has the kind of kit we Brits expect. That’s especially true in the L-shaped kitchen, where the full cooker and 190-litre fridge/freezer are courtesy of Dometic – the latter is the latest 10-series model with doors that hinge open to either side.
A microwave oven is standard, too, while the sink is inset into the Corian worktop. Storage space here is compromised by the Alde boiler, but points are won back for the locker with slide-out racking, as well as the illuminated splashback panelling.
At the front, the lounge has a fixed pedestal-leg table, but the top is hinged so it can be folded over for easier access through to the rest of the living quarters.
It’s a step up and through a solid door to the en-suite facilities in what is, in effect, a full-width washroom ahead of the rear island bed. There’s a part-circular, plastic-lined shower cubicle with Ecocamel showerhead on the nearside, while the offside is home to a swivel-bowl toilet as well as a fixed basin. The central section has a heated towel rail set under a large, illuminated mirror with a shallow shelf.
There’s a surprise in the bedroom, where the central window section curves down to headboard level. The bed boasts a Duvalay mattress, plus hanging his and hers wardrobes, set over extended bedside tabletops, with a choice of sockets to hand.
Bed height is such that access should be easy enough, while there’s still some garage space below, accessible from either side outside. Swift has inched out the bed size, too – officially, it’s 1.92m x 1.43m.
There are all kinds of luxury fittings throughout. The electric sunroof over the cab, underfloor heating in the lounge, heated cab seats, built in wi-fi, and Swift’s ever-improving Command system for controlling major appliances and all-round monitoring (including pre-installed Thatcham Cat 6 tracker), for starters.
You also get sat nav, hill-hold and ESP, plus Isofix for the rear seating. Plus, it also benefits from the very latest VIN Chip system, which will help identify your vehicle if it were to be stolen.
The stand-out feature, however, just has to be Swift Vision – a system of cameras – two at the back, one looking along each side, for all-round vision when you’re driving. This, combined with rear parking sensors, really does put you in full control of a motorhome you really can see out of… as well as wanting to be seen in. Plus, it will knock you some money of your motorhome insurance premium.
Verdict: A black-cabbed, tag-axled behemoth
Plus: High kit count topped by Swift Vision, loads of living space
Minus: Price, weight
In-a-nutshell: Best of British
There’s more information on the Kon-tiki on the Swift website. Find out more about insuring this or your current motorhome on our motorhome insurance discounts page.
Alternatives: Auto-Trail Comanche, Moto-Trek Euro-Treka IB
Swift Kon-tiki 650 factfile
|Model||Swift Kon-tiki 650|
|Base vehicle||Fiat Ducato Maxi/Al-Ko|
|Dimensions||9.01m L x 2.35m W x 3.05m H|
|RRP||From £96,145 on the road|
|Safety & security||Electronic immobiliser, Swift Command with Cat 6 tracking device, remote central locking to all doors, ABS and EBD, EBA (emergency brake assist), twin airbags, smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, fire extinguisher, Swift Vision, twin-lens colour rear-view monitor, VIN Chip.|
|Key options||180bhp engine (£2,345), 180bhp engine plus Comfort-Matic automatic transmission (£4,095), leather upholstery (£1,495), roof rack and ladder (£550), detachable towbar and electrics (£595), Swift Command tracker annual subscription (£95), Oyster satellite TV system (from £2,293), Cytrac satellite TV system (from £1,945).|