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Elegance 570 Review


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We got our van 1st May and I thought I would tell you about it from a user’s point of view what we think – you can get all the technical details from the Swift website.

 

Since we got it we have had two calls from Swift, one for a new rubber seal to be replaced on the electric box which was done at our house, and one for the front skylight window to be replaced, done at our dealers by AA trained staff who are moving around the country doing this, but for this Swift did offer to pay the petrol costs. We have a friend who got his 580 in late June and he has not had to have these alterations, so presume just the very early ones.

 

We have had a chance to use the van now, three weeks in France, a week in Wales and a number of long weekends away, so here goes:

 

External

 

Visually it looks good, it is of solid construction and feels a “quality” van and obviously the lack of wood means we will not have a wet floor as we did in our last van – Bailey U2 Valencia!

 

The on board tanks feeds direct from the barrel when empty without having to go out and change over the barrels. There is a very solid door handle and lock and the awning light is excellent.

 

The external under-bed doors, both at the front and back, are not obstructed by our porch awning, and we get more mpg than before.

 

Internal

 

Having no end on the offside front seat, means it is long enough for my 6’1” husband to hang his feet over the end when having a nod. Many lighting options to suit whatever you are doing, the dimmable reading lights are very nice and the speaker positions mean you are not deafened when sitting on the seats.

 

The lovely big bed head is great for leaning on with that early morning cuppa in bed, although the cup shelves could do with being bigger. The sliding door to the wardrobe is great – why is no one else doing it? The bed is very comfortable and the mattress very light to move, but beware the bed does pop up when travelling if you have no bedding on it to weigh it down.

 

The bathroom has loads of storage space, a great shower with integral shelf.

 

It took us a while to work out how to use the very large kitchen drainer, we now put it over the cooker (must be cool obviously) so we can have dirty pots one side and clean on the other – loads of space for both. The under sink pull out racks are good, at least you can see the back but it would be better still if they came out separately rather than together.

 

Overall

 

Very happy with the van, the odd niggle from a poor PDI (eg a dinted speaker, light bulb gone) but those are being sorted by the dealer. Off to France again in a couple of weeks and feel very confident taking it, very happy we swapped from the Bailey.

 

 

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Glad to see your report on your caravan, we are getting ours next week after trading our 2013 Eccles Quartz for it. We are so looking forward to getting it as they look terrific

2014 swift elegance 570 pulled along with a BMW X5 M Sport

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gordy

We have got to wait to December to get ours,they seem to be selling well. I would be interested to hear how you get on with your new van.

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We have had ours since beginning of April and LOVE it! We are relatively new to caravanning, having only had a small secondhand Europa for a couple of seasons before buying the Elegance.

 

Although otherwise happy with our old caravan, we really wanted a fixed bed, but couldn't find a model with a bed which didn't compromise the length of the front seats. We were considering a Bailey as they have a narrower drawer unit at the front than most vans, making the front seats seem longer, but the interior decor looks very dated and the outside doesn't appeal to us at all. The Elegance was an impulse buy - we saw it, loved it and bought it there and then! It had everything we wanted; a funky, modern interior, fixed bed (with wonderful Duvalay mattress), wood free construction and a new design giving us the longer front seats that we wanted to entertain visitors in comfort.

 

The van is heavy compared to other models and we will need to change our car soon. At the moment, we keep what we carry in the caravan to a bare minimum and we load the car up with clothes, food, chairs, awning etc. We have also removed the caravan's carpets to make it a bit lighter and it's easier to keep clean without them. The interior still looks great, with the addition of a small rug in the seating area.

 

I can't deny that we have had a few little issues which we have sorted ourselves. Initially, the heating was ridiculously noisy (like having a washing machine in the wardrobe!); we were able to sort this after a phone call to Alde, just by adjusting the setting on the pump. The shower was also leaking slightly, so we resealed it to cure this problem. There are also a couple of little improvements that would be of benefit in our opinion. The sink in the bathroom is a bit small- it could do with being slightly deeper. The bedroom carpet extends into the kitchen in one long length. We had this cut into two pieces and bound to make the carpets easier to store when not in use; it will also enable us to have the comfort of carpet in the bedroom in the winter, without worrying about dirtying the carpet in the kitchen/ entrance area. The other alteration we have made is to the door of the drinks cabinet. We have had a new door made in a much darker tinted Perspex. This has eliminated the glare from the generous lighting in the cupboard (we think it looked a bit tacky!) and it now perfectly matches the microwave and black fridge. Bit unnecessary, but we love the interior even more now!

 

All in all, we are delighted with our purchase. Yes, it's expensive compared to other models, but to us it provides a luxurious, flexible and very functional portable second home that we hope will last for a good few years.

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Glad to read your view of your elegance, we can't wait to pick ours up tomorrow :)

2014 swift elegance 570 pulled along with a BMW X5 M Sport

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