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Swift Challenge 530



Year: 2016

Layout: Side dinette rear washroom

Dimensions: 7.00x2.23x2.61m (LxWxH)

Colour: White

MTPLM: 1474kg

Warranty: Yes

MIRO: 1323kg

Payload: 151kg


Swift challenger 530.

An interesting option for 2016 Challengers from Swift is the facility to order a full “wet” central heating system from Alde fitted alongside the Al-Ko ATC , motor mover , bbq outlet , 230v outlet, solar panel and the £750 fabric upgrade this Swift challenger 530 has the lot.

Swift Challenger 530 Interior 1

Still, it’s your choice. The example reviewed here has Alde, but we’ve included Truma figures in the data below, to help with your final comparisons.

What you also get with the 530 model in the latest, eight-strong Challenger line-up, is a floorplan that hasn’t just stood the test of time, it can class itself up there at legendary status.

Swift Challenger 530 Interior 2

It’s a layout that has spanned decades, yet continues to triumph because its front lounge, offside dinette, nearside kitchen, full-width end washroom configuration makes such good use of the space available. You can put its popularity down to its flexibility – appealing to couples (who are happy to use the dinette for mealtimes) as well as families with one or two (grand)children who like the bunk beds that can be created – in time-honoured fashion – from that dinette seating.

Swift Challenger 530 Dining Room

Maybe it’s not quite a full four-berth, then, more of a two-plus-two. But, with the seating and sleeping catered for – although the latest AirWave foam deserves more than just a passing mention – you might be surprised, also, to know that the kitchen and washroom are both more than generous, especially considering this is a 7m ‘van.

Swift Challenger 530 Kitchen

Whilst the kitchen doesn’t dominate the interior, it certainly does offer plenty for the caravan chef to get his/her teeth into. Thetford’s Aspire 2 cooker is set left, with a circular (granite-style) sink to the right of the dual-fuel hob. That still leaves oodles of worktop space, whilst under the counter there’s a 106-litre Dometic fridge (an 8-series model, with removable freezer if you want to use it all as a larder) surrounded by storage – with a drawer and locker to its left, two larger drawers and locker to the right; not forgetting, also, the three large overhead lockers and flush-fitted microwave oven.

Swift Challenger 530 Microwave

Lighting is restricted to a short strip over the sink, and there’s just the one mains socket to hand, but it’s only the minuscule cutlery drawer just over the fridge that disappoints here.

Swift Challenger 530 shower

Despite the presence of a generous wardrobe, it’s a spacious washroom, with its swivel-bowl toilet, fixed basin in the centre and a shower cubicle – which includes an upmarket Ecocamel Orbit showerhead, pull-down hanging rail and twin plugholes – taking all of the nearside corner. That still leaves just about enough dressing room space to be decent.

Swift Challenger 530 Lounge

Swift has left plenty of pleasant surprises for the exterior of its 2016 Challengers, too. They use the latest SMART+ body construction, which uses polyurethane rather than timber framing. The side walls still have an aluminium exterior, but the front, rear, underfloor and roof are GRP-clad. Flush-fitting windows help keep things looking sleek, while aspects such as the wider gas locker door with three-point locking, rear fixing points for a bike rack, LED side-marker running lights, alloy wheels, fixed sunroof and more, are as practical as they are contemporary.

Swift Challenger 530 Bunk Beds

Check out the specification for yourself, suffice to say it’s hardly lacking. Even a solar panel is standard these days. It’s hard to believe this counts as a mid-market tourer. More upper-mid, maybe. It’s a class thing.

Verdict: Popular layout of the past brought bang up to date

Plus: Choice of heating systems, contemporary styling, spacious floorplan

Minus: Small cutlery drawer.

In-a-nutshell: Family values, for two upwards