Two end-kitchen two-berths from Swift

Light­weight end-kitchen two-berths

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AN END-KITCHEN two-berth is quite a rare sight these days and Lu­nar’s Ariva dom­i­nates this now niche mar­ket. How­ever, some years ago, Swift had a run of pro­duc­ing these lay­outs us­ing the Sprite, Charisma and Europa badges. We struck gold at Bray­ford Leisure’s Lin­coln branch, where we spot­ted two Swifts – the Ex­pres­sion, a dealer spe­cial from the for­mer Michael Jor­dan Car­a­vans, and its stan­dard Charisma equiv­a­lent. With just £955 and one year be­tween them, this would be a tough choice. But the Charisma’s spec isn’t quite as good as the Ex­pres­sion’s, and the lat­ter is cheaper. The Charisma lacks a few lit­tle good­ies that you can find in the Ex­pres­sion, but both are in great con­di­tion and ideal if you drive a smaller tow car, too. So on a late af­ter­noon at the height of the heat­wave, we took a look at what would set these two tour­ers apart if we were in the mar­ket for buy­ing one.

front end lounge, plus a cen­tral chest of draw­ers, while a side dresser on the near­side houses the fridge. The wardrobe is op­po­site, ad­join­ing the cor­ner side wash­room, which has a shower and elec­tric flush cas­sette toi­let. The Ex­pres­sion also has up­graded soft fur­nish­ings, with cor­ner bol­ster cush­ions.

2011 Swift Charisma 220

The Charisma range proved a big suc­cess for Swift un­til 2011, when it was re­placed by the Chal­lenger Sport range for 2012. Like the Ex­pres­sion, it is built on an Al-ko chas­sis, with al­loys and an AKS hitch. The Charisma also has the same GRP moulded front panel and large gas locker, with one-piece alu­minium sides. There is a Heki roof vent, a TV ae­rial and a Cd/ra­dio. Truma dual-fuel heat­ing is fit­ted, along with a Thet­ford fridge and full oven. There is also a mi­crowave just above the kitchen area. The Charisma fol­lows the floor plan

CLOCK­WISE FROM ABOVE The lounge is spa­cious, al­though the over­head lock­ers are quite shal­low. This tourer is a dealer spe­cial, so has some ad­di­tional kit. Bed bases have ac­cess flaps to reach un­der­bed stor­age ar­eas. Cd/ra­dio is fit­ted in the lounge area Price £8495 MIRO 1026kg MTPLM 1200kg 2010 Swift Ex­pres­sion 380

CLOCK­WISE FROM ABOVE The lounge looks very bright and airy, mainly thanks to the large front and side win­dows. Cd/ra­dio in an over­head locker in the lounge. Bed bases also have handy ac­cess flaps for stor­age. This was an­other very well-kept tourer Price £9450 MIRO 1054kg MTPLM 1180kg 2011 Swift Charisma 220

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