We simply couldn’t choose between these two sister models, so July’s Motorhome of the Month is a Swift double bill!
Webbs’ Senior Sales Executive Phil Smith gives us the low down on why the two-berth Swift Rio 320 and four-berth Rio 340 get his vote.
Rio is a superb range of motorhomes from British manufacturer Swift, all designed with a narrow body and low profile, yet bursting with functionality. Described by Swift as ‘coachbuilt luxury in the size of a panel van’, they prove that choosing a compact motorhome doesn’t mean compromising on performance.
Both the Rio 320 and 340 are 6.4-metre motorhomes with a body width of only 2.26 metres, which means parking on the drive, popping to the supermarket or cruising around coastal roads is no problem. The 3,500 kg chassis ensures there are no driving-licence restrictions to contend with, either. But their real selling point is the full-height tailgate, an addition to the usual nearside habitation door, which opens up the whole of the rear. This innovative feature not only makes the most of the space within, but offers unprecedented views of your surroundings when parked up – perfect for admiring spectacular beaches or countryside,or simply keeping an eye on the kids!
Swift’s signature attention to detail is carried throughout the interior of both models. Seats are upholstered in luxurious Loxley soft fabrics, and the incredibly supportive cab seats swivel 180 degrees to create a comfortable front lounge area. The rear lounge has a practical, intuitive layout consisting of two inward-facing twin settees, while the high-spec kitchen is fitted as standard with a full Aspire oven, a Dometic three-way fridge-freezer and a built-in microwave. A granite-look GRP sink and LED lighting add the finishing touches. The Rio’s Fiat Ducato chassis cab provides impressive power with its 2.3 litre, 130 bhp turbo diesel engine and six-speed manual gearbox. LED lighting, DAB radio, MP3 player and Bluetooth connectivity come as standard, while cab air conditioning, cruise control and a Status TV aerial can all be added with an upgrade to the Lux Pack. The bodywork is Swift’s very own SMART Plus fabrication: PURepolyurethane creates a strong, moisture-proof and timberless framed body shell, and is teamed with a 70mm sandwich floor and a GRP outer skin. Cooler weather is no match for the Grade 3 thermal insulation and dual-fuel heating with Truma Combi 4 digital programmable control. There’s even the option to upgrade to remote control with a clever Truma iNet Box.
All in all, there’s whole lot of functionality packed into these comparatively compact motorhomes – even down to a locking point for bikes on the chassis member! With competitive pricing to boot, the Rio 320 and 340 are more than holding their own in the market against both coachbuilt motorhomes and van conversions. A clever move by Swift, and certainly worth considering.