Two end-kitchen two-berths from Swift
Lightweight end-kitchen two-berths
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