It’s good that Swift has extended the 8ft-wide idea to caravans that are not six-berths – the extra room is noticeable. The fixed bed provides luxury, but you do lose the second dinette. We strongly recommend the Diamond Pack – towing a large van requires stabilising assistance.
Small shower and fridge
No ATC – even as an option
Sprite Supers arrived 18 months ago, offering the luxury of wider living space in family-friendly layouts.
Last year, the range comprised two twin-axles, both six-berths with a second dinette opposite the side kitchen.
For 2020, however, they have been joined by the Quattro EB; another twin-axle, but this time with only four berths. In place of that second dinette, the EB has a washroom spread across the van, and behind that, a fixed transverse island bed.
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You notice the difference eight feet of width can make as soon as you step inside
Pitching & Setting-up
You only get an AKS 3004 stabiliser on a Sprite Super if you opt for the £610 Diamond Pack. As this includes a microwave and DAB radio, most buyers do, and our test model included the pack. The model looks good with three windows and a sunroof at the front. And that Diamond Pack includes alloy wheels.
You don’t get external access to the front underseat lockers, again because this is an entry-level model. But this layout includes a transverse island bed, so you do get external access from the rear offside to the area under that bed, meaning you can pack outdoor furniture there.
You notice the difference eight feet of width can make as soon as you step in through the door. There is ample space for four in the lounge, and the table that you retrieve from its own storage space by the washroom door easily accommodates them.
With Langholme upholstery, this year’s interior colours have moved, like the decals outside, from mainly green to mainly gold and brown hues. This makes an already light-filled lounge even brighter.
Come night-time, there is ambient light above the lockers, while two LEDs between the sunroof and the rooflight offer some central light. But the only spotlights are sunk into the lockers, so can’t be swivelled.
The central front chest has a single drawer with another drawer inside, as is common on all Swifts these days. The ‘binnacle’ (or row of sockets) above includes a mains point and a pair of USB sockets.
This isn’t where you would position a TV: the space and sockets for that are above the cupboard just by the door.
The Sprite range has really taken on the curved white edging that Swift introduced in its Escape motorhomes three years ago. You see it around the underside of the lockers, where it houses the LED lighting, and in the little shelf under the microwave that forms a useful place to put small items for charging right where you need it, by the two mains sockets. These are still within easy reach of the large worktop below.
Finished in slate-grey this year, the work surface houses a large stainless-steel sink and three-burner gas hob.
Even in this entry-level van, you get a separate oven and grill beneath the hob, although the fridge to the left might be only just adequate for the food of four.
In between is a tall cupboard with basket shelves, and a pan locker under the oven. There are also a couple of medium-sized overhead lockers here, one with a crockery and mug rack.
However, for dry food storage, you could always take advantage of the sideboard cupboard and shelf on the other side of the aisle, and the locker above it.
The shower cubicle to the right as you walk into the washroom is one of those round ones that look like something you might be beamed up to Scotty in.
The cubicle is just about roomy enough, but it does have an Ecocamel showerhead, and there’s a towel ring and robe hook immediately outside.
The central handbasin is a good size, with a large lit mirror and a toothbrush mug fitted above, and a cupboard below.
There is also a second double cupboard above the opaque window behind the toilet.
The hanging space in the large wardrobe on the left is only half-height, but that is because there is a large shelf at the bottom
Even with the sliding partition door closed, the rear bedroom feels really spacious.
There are only bedside tables either side of the double bed, rather than full wardrobes, so it doesn’t feel hemmed in, and the rooflight and two windows (one with an attractive cloth panel) add to the sense of airiness in here.
Lighting is also good, with individually switched spotlights underneath the three overhead lockers, and a switch for the ambient light to one side, next to a mains socket.
The bed doesn’t roll back during the day, but it probably doesn’t need to, given the space. In the nearside rear corner is a dresser with a mirror and a shelf below with a socket – ideal for drying your hair. There is a tiny cupboard behind this mirror and a larger one below the shelf.
You’ll also find a socket for a TV here, and a bracket if you decide to fit one.
The settees in the front lounge work well as single beds, or you can pull them together to make up a huge double.
The area underneath the bed provides easily accessible storage space for bulky items, even though there is ducting in here and, if you opt for the Diamond Pack, the spare wheel.
The three overhead lockers and bedside-tables offer ample clothes storage, as well as the wardrobe in the washroom.
The underseat storage has no external access, but there are internal flaps. The nearside area is clear, and although the offside one is partly taken up with the heater and other electrics, Swift has kept space in the middle.
|Shipping Length||7.98 m|