Here at Practical Caravan, we ran a Swift Elegance 570 – with fixed double bed – for several months earlier this year and found it a joy to live with. Now the Hull manufacturer has plugged a gap in its flagship range with this, the Elegance 565, with fixed twin beds and a rear washroom. 

As we have come to expect from the Swift Group, it looks great. Former automotive stylist Chris Milburn – ably supported by aerodynamicist Rob Lewis – have built a reputation for styling some of the best caravans in the business – and this is no exception.

At the front, there are hitch steps to help you clean the front of the van, plus ATC anti-snaking control for the Al-Ko chassis and a large gas locker. This is a top-spec tourer, so there’s a full complement of external sockets – gas, electricity and a shower, not to mention both Aquaroll and mains water inlets.

The Elegance uses Swift’s SMART HT construction, which does without any wood in the sidewalls, roof and floor. Although this results in a heavy caravan, the benefits of entirely timber-free construction are obvious; the flush-fitting panelwork is designed to prevent leaks as far as possible but, even if water does get in, there’s nothing to rot thanks to the use of a bonded GRP, Styrofoam and polyurethane sandwich structure.