Family tourers are much in demand, so models such as the Swift Challenger 590 will shoot off the sales grounds.
Back in 1985, the Challenger put Swift firmly on the map for modern, well-equipped tourers. Today, with its range run of 36 years, Challenger is a name that caravanners recognise instantly as a mark of quality and style.
Updated and developed over the decades, by 2017 the line-up had acquired a new bodyshell, enhancing its already stylish good looks. The manufacturer’s SMART construction system was also updated for 2017, and LED road lights added to the high-quality spec.
The 590 had been available mainly with a double dinette, but was dropped for 2015.
It was brought back in 2017, with the popular layout for six (front lounge, side kitchen with washroom opposite, side fixed bunks and dinette opposite). Other improvements included a restyled gas locker, GRP sides and roof, Swift’s Command control system and a tracker.
The Challenger could also be supplied with a factory-fitted Lux pack, which added Alde heating, an external access locker, illuminated splash back, alarm, key fob-activated awning light, a barbecue point and an exterior mains socket.
Most Challengers on the pre-owned market will be Lux models. Smart new upholstery was added for 2017, along with the latest Dometic 110-litre fridge, a microwave, 80W solar panel, a Status TV aerial and a radio/CD player.
With fixed bunks and a roomy separate shower cubicle, the family-friendly 590 can provide very comfortable living space for any time of year.
Other options from the same model year include the Venus 590, a lightweight tourer with a good level of spec, priced at around £14,195 and coming with oven, microwave and Truma blown-air heating.
Or try the 2017 Compass Casita 586, another six-berth with almost the same layout, except for the door, which is brought forward from the rear. Costing around £18,195, the Compass offers excellent spec, including ATC for stability.
We reckon that our 590 was reasonably priced at £17,999. We found prices ranging from just under £17,895 to £18,495. For other models in the range, you can expect to pay:
- 480 £16,399-£16,995
- 510 £16,995-£17,295
- 530 £16,995-£17,195
- 560 £18,395-£18,9995
- 565 £18,195-£18,695
- 580 £17,995-£18,695
- 635 £18,295-£18.895
- 645 £19,595-£19,995
Swift’s 2017 Challenger range offers great spec, especially with the Lux pack added, and overall good value.
The interior still feels fresh and modern, and this model year offers a very good choice of layouts and sleeping options. The 590 we checked out was in very good order throughout, and we could see that it had been well looked after by the previous owners.
If you’re looking for a smart, spacious family tourer, you can’t go far wrong with the 590, and the Lux pack adds to its appeal. You might need to shop around, though – currently, these desirable caravans are selling exceptionally quickly.
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Updated and developed over the decades, by 2017 the line-up had acquired a new bodyshell, enhancing its already stylish good looks