The Elegance Grande 860 is a super-luxury tourer, with a spec that’s hugely impressive (despite the auto-levelling being an extra).
Couples who are looking for opulently comfortable touring are bound to be drawn to this superb floorplan, which makes great use of the van’s 8ft width. The L-shaped lounge offers you plenty of room to relax and socialise, while the well-equipped kitchen is supremely practical in design.
A minor niggle is the lack of a roof vent in the shower, but we have no doubt that the Elegance Grande 860 is going to tick a lot of boxes for many caravanners.
Attractive styling, great spec, spacious lounge, comfortable seating
No washroom window and no roof vent in the shower cubicle
The Swift Elegance Grande 860, with its 8ft width providing a luxuriously spacious interior, has an L-shaped lounge, a central kitchen, a split washroom and shower, and a rear bedroom with a generous island bed.
Of all Swift’s smart-looking vans, the Elegance has to be one of the brand’s most stylish offerings. Those good looks aren’t just on the outside, either: the interiors are contemporary and very upmarket.
Following the success of the 2023 range, Swift, who you can find out more about in our guide to the different makes of caravan, has widened the appeal of the Elegance by adding three more caravan layouts, which is where the Elegance Grande 860 comes in.
Pitch and set-up
The 860, a substantial twin-axle caravan, looks even smarter than its shorter siblings. The GRP front panel is aerodynamic and houses the large gas locker. The sides and rear panel are GRP and at the back, the neat styling includes LED lights and Thule mounting brackets.
On the outside, you get two nearside LED awning lights, mains/barbecue points, a shower fitting, a 100W solar panel, alloys, a Status TV aerial, a TV point and a Truma mains waterline for tap connection. AKS hitch and ATC are all part of the spec.
In the L-shaped lounge, there’s no window on the nearside, allowing for provision of a caravan TV on that wall. Using the extra width, Swift has made sure that the sunroof is as large as possible, to bring in maximum daylight.
Wood-free construction means that the Elegance should be durable. Heavy-duty corner steadies have been fitted, and E&P hydraulic auto-levelling is a cost option.
Lounge in the Swift Elegance Grande 860
Step into the comfortable L-shaped lounge and you’ll find a sociable area to relax in. The large sunroof brings in plenty of light, augmented by a midi-Heki roof vent.
The upholstery, finished in Ultraleather, adds to the air of opulence here. Overhead lockers in white look cool and classy, while the side cabinet has TV mountings above.
Ample storage space is provided below the settees, which you can access without having to move the base cushions.
Mains sockets are thoughtfully located, and speakers for the radio are integrated into the ceiling. The LED lighting here is first-class, with corner reading lights and adjustable spotlights.
Kitchen in the Swift Elegance Grande 860
The L-shaped kitchen on the offside works well, with extendable worktop, a built-in microwave, a dual-fuel hob, a full oven and a large stainless-steel sink.
LEDs provide excellent illumination at night, and there’s a built-in extractor fan. Storage is generous in solidly built drawers and cupboards, with another cupboard above the fridge/freezer opposite.
The drinks cabinet by the entrance door is another welcome sight in a luxury caravan. The small cupboard below this offers yet more worktop should you need it.
Beds in the Swift Elegance Grande 860
The lounge seating converts into a 194 x 122cm double if required, or you can use the settee as a single. The 191 x 143cm island bed at the rear has the exclusive Duvalay mattress.
Washroom in the Swift Elegance Grande 860
The washroom straddles the centre of the Elegance, with the Thetford cassette toilet, the handbasin, a large mirror and cupboards all on the offside. There’s a radiator fitted here, too. Lacking a window, daylight and ventilation come via an extractor fan/roof vent. The door folds back to shut off the main living area as needed. Night-time illumination is taken care of by LEDs.
The relatively basic shower cubicle opposite has no window, and rather surprisingly, no roof vent, either.
Storage in the Swift Elegance Grande 860
Couples on tour will find plenty of storage, as you’d expect in a tourer of this size. The lounge has that large cabinet below the TV mounting and deep overhead lockers along both sides. There is one cupboard by the door and another over the fridge, while the kitchen has an overhead locker, cupboards and drawers. The washroom provides a wall cupboard and space underneath the handbasin, although the shower cubicle only offers a moulded wall unit for toiletries.
In the rear bedroom, the double bed base has ample storage and you also get twin wardrobes, a cabinet either side of the bed and overhead lockers. There is additional storage capacity in the front gas locker, too.
Alternatives to consider
Other options to consider include the Coachman Laser Xcel 850, our pick for the best luxury caravan category on the market at the Practical Caravan Awards 2024 – it’s a van that adds plenty of space and comfort to a touring experience.
The La Mancelle Liberty 490 SA was another shortlisted option in the category, with the excellent build quality and design two factors that impressed our judges. Another new season model from Swift is the Challenger Exclusive 580, a van that not only looks good but also adds plenty of comfort to the caravanning.
Technical spec of the Swift Elegance Grande 860
Interior length: 6.36m
Shipping length: 7.99m
Overall width: 2.45m
Exterior mains socket
Rear double bed: 191 x 143cm
Front double bed: 194 x 122cm
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