Swift Challenger Sport

Thursday, 04, Aug 2011 04:54

The Swift Challenger Sport is the 2012 model year replacement for the popular Swift Charisma. Almost every aspect of the caravan has been redesigned, from the sleek aerodynamic exterior to the upgraded interior. And from the outset it's clear that Swift have drawn upon the flagship Swift Challenger range in an attempt to drive this Charisma replacement upmarket.

Hence the re-naming of the range as "Swift Challenger Sport" - this is a caravan which has a striking similarity in body shape with the more expensive Challenger. It features the distinctive optional front sunroof seen on its bigger brother, and similar "family" styling on the exterior. Yet the engineering is different, with the aim of putting these lighter models within reach of most average family cars.

New from the ground up

If you're new to Swift Caravans, then you should be aware that they often sell two identically constructed models under two separate brand names. So what's the difference between the Swift Challenger Sport and the Sterling Eccles Sport? Well, it's about styling: the Swift Challenger Sport is more traditional in appearance, showing a full length stripe in burgundy and grey on the exterior and featuring a rich "Malia Acacia" wood interior. By contrast, the Sterling Eccles Sport has a more modern feel using a lighter woodgrain called "Oregon Pine", while sporting a bold graphic at window level on the exterior.

Instead of cosmetically improving the existing ranges or shrinking the Challenger, Swift has built a caravan where everything is new from the chassis upwards. The front aerodynamic panel is made from hard-wearing GRP to protect the caravan from road debris, and features a wide door on the front locker to help take all the essentials. Meanwhile a full height ABS moulded panel at the back is complimented by recessed awning channels at the sides.

Eight models, two new layouts

The Swift Challenger Sport range comprises eight models including two new layouts. The 514 model will be popular with those looking for a more open-plan format to the caravan, and features a 5.2m fixed bed in the sleeping area. And for couples or families who need extra sleeping space, the 636 may be the default choice. The six-berth caravan features children's bunks in the rear, and sits on a twin axle chassis.

Inside the Swift Challenger Sport is a well lit place to be, as the new range features an array of lighting options. New LED lights in the main habitation area offer useful energy-saving benefits, while over locker lighting in the lounge and bedroom areas keep things well-lit. There's even a moulded light (and speaker panel) over the front seats.

For more details, news, rumour and discussions on the Swift Challenger Sport, join our community group for Swift Caravan Owners.

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ReviewsOverall Rating

Swift Challenger 480 - 2009

Lowlights, The quality of build, in our opinion, leaves a lot to be desired . Highlights, Design and practicality....Read More

Swift Coastline classic 545 - 2011

With shock absorbers it is a dream to tow. I think it has a good appearance, it is comfortable, practical, and looks more 'up market' than it actually...Read More

Swift Danette - 2002

It's my first van. But I am well pleased with it, after I repaired and remodeled it. Looking forward to many short and long breaks in it....Read More

Swift Challenger 580 - 2011

An excellent van all round, although our first trip out, all well, if anything, the only extra i would have liked to have seen would be a self contain...Read More

Swift 630L Sundance - 2008

Poor bathroom layout, but the light on the gas containers is very good. ...Read More

Swift Archway Woodford - 2008

I bought this van second hand, and have had a couple of niggles with the toilet and water system. It's going back to the dealer in a couple of weeks t...Read More

Swift Expresson 550 - 2010

The fixed metal frame tends to fall down which is a pain, but other that that we've not had any real problems with the van, it's been great!...Read More

Swift Archway - 1998

We got a great deal on this caravan - the seller even threw in a free bike rack for us! Perfect for our use and needs, and goes to show that it pays t...Read More

Swift Charisma 620 - 2007

The seal around the windows went and the gel coating on the exterior has cracked but Swift fixed both problems straight away. I'm very happy with both...Read More

Swift Challenger 540 - 2007

We've had no problems with any of the equipment, but aren't massive fans of the combined shower/ toilet so we're looking at the 2011 Sterling models t...Read More

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Contact Details

Swift Group Limited
Dunswell Road
East Yorkshire
HU16 4JS
Tel 01482 847332
Web www.swift-leisure.co.uk
Email enquiry@swift-group.co.uk

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