We love the idea of being able to watch TV in an awning (but do keep the volume down in the late evenings!). And we love the cool purples and mauves in the exclusive fabric scheme. The six 2017 Swift Siena Accents are an enticing exclusive package, an outstanding combination of style, practicality and refinement – and remarkable value.
With £4150-worth of extra kit for just £2510 more than the price of the standard caravan, the Swift Siena Accent is definitely on value for this new range of dealer specials.
Grantham Caravans initially launched the Siena range a couple of years ago. This Sprite-based 'special creation' was such a success that Grantham then released another Siena, this time called Siena Accent. Grantham Caravans based the Siena Accent range on the Swift Challenger.
For 2017, Siena Accents get a long list of extra equipment, amounting in value to £4150, and including Alde heating. These caravans also have something called an “external entertainment pod”. That’s an extendable television bracket, plus connections, in the outside locker, to enable you to watch TV in your awning.
The aspect of Siena Accent that will grab your attention first, though, is the interior colour scheme. Purples, greys, mauves and pale creams meld together to generate an elegant, refined look with lots of attention to detail. Purple piping defines the edges of the grey seating. And there’s distinctive piping around the edges of the cushions, too; plain purple for the patterned ones and patterned piping for the plain cushions.
The Accent is not just on fabrics, of course. It's value. And this is what you get, in addition to the specification of the standard Challenger: Siena Accents have alarm systems, extractor fans, illuminated kitchen splash backs, dimmable spotlights, a USB charging point, and LED strip lights behind pelmets.
Some of the models have additional refinements, too. Among them are hanging rails in the shower; models with fixed beds have padded, upholstered panels in the bedrooms, and larger headboards than in the standard models.
All models have covered panels on the lounge walls and curtains of double the width of those in standard Challengers. They have heavy-duty corner steadies; the rear ones are lockable. They have side-lift jacks, AL-KO Secure wheel locks and 100-watt solar panels, plus illuminated washroom mirrors, barbeque points, exterior mains sockets, and a circular handle on the top of the jockey wheel to help you to manoeuvre the caravan. They also come with a key fob awning light controls.
The six Siena Accent range features a two-berth with an end shower room; that's the 480; a side dining area model, the 530, two single-axle fixed bed models, the 560 and the 580. And there are two twin-axle island-bed models, the 645 and the 635 – that’s the one we chose for this review as an example of the range.
The layout is new for 2017, with its bed, transversely aligned and the shower-washing arrangements in the centre of the caravan. The big plus-point of this configuration is that people sleeping in the lounge on the double bed can get to the washroom without having to walk through the main bedroom. And the 635 has the tall, slimline Dometic fridge-freezer.