Swift’s Sprite is one of the most successful caravan brands throughout the UK and Europe. Fantastic value and build have earned its enviable reputation.
Buying pre-owned now also makes a good move, because these tourers offer so much extra value, especially if you can find one that is in dealer special format – of which there are many! The profile that was used for 2014 was first launched in 2012, and by 2014 the Sprite was looking really good.
The 2014 models came with an excellent spec, including blown-air Truma heating, a fridge and microwave, and a Status TV aerial.
Alloy wheels, AKS hitch and a spare wheel were also part of the offer, which was classed as the upgrade option, that all Sprites were built with.
With a good supply of used Sprites on the market, finding one isn’t a major (forgive the pun) problem, with plenty of models on the forecourts.
When the Major 4FB launched, the permanent side bed and end washroom caravan layout rapidly became a hit with couples, even though this was actually a four-berth layout.
The side kitchen has a neat dresser opposite, while the front accommodates a spacious lounge/dinette. The Major FB offers a very good washroom and plenty of storage capacity.
The 2012 profile revamp – and you can see what we thought when we reviewed the 2013 model – was to carry on until 2015, and then from 2016, the Sprite received a triple front window.
This was also the year when SMART construction came in, which meant no wood was used in the side framework.
Instead, waterproof materials were used, providing an extra incentive to go for this later version of the Sprite.
The Major is understandably popular on the used market. It’s the best in its class, with a layout that has broad appeal. As well as a good washroom, you also get a large dinette.
Dealer specials added some valuable extra spec, increasing the appeal of used models, although the standard Sprite range spec would probably be enough for most buyers’ needs.
Same layout but lots more spec (and weight), a 2011 Buccaneer Corsair can be found at just over £13,000. Or check out the Bailey Orion 430/4 at around £12,495 for a 2012 model – they are light and have a good spec, but feel a little less upmarket than the Sprite.
Prices can vary – our example had ATC, a BBQ and exterior mains outlet, and a new mover, all worthy extras fro £15,999.
We managed to track down some others at £14,995 – but these were standard models, with none of those extras.
For the rest of the range, you could expect to pay:
- Alpine 2 £12,495-£12,995
- Alpine 4 £11,995-£12,995
- Major 4 £14,495-£15,595
- Major 6 -£14,995-£15,495
- Major 6TD £14,995-£15,795
- Quattro FB £14,995-£15,895
- Quattro EW £15,295-£15,995
Our Major was excellent: not cheap, but still good value for money with all of those extras.
Add in its great condition and you know this Sprite will sell pretty quickly.
SMART construction means the Sprite has few problems, but as always, check for signs of damage. We would certainly recommend the Sprite range as a used buy, especially those bargain dealer specials.
- Price (used model seen here) £15,999
- Berths 4
- MiRO 1148kg
- Payload 195kg
- MTPLM 1343kg
- Internal length 5.27m
- Width 2.24m
- Damp on back panel
- Working fridge – some had faulty looms fitted
- Signs of damp by windows
- Damage to alloys
- Cracking in front window
- Water ingress around sunroof
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Dealer specials added some valuable extra spec, increasing the appeal of used models