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Motorhome review: Swift Escape 604

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Key Features

  • Model Year : 2021
  • Class : Low Profile Drop Down Bed
  • Base Vehicle : Fiat Ducato
  • Engine Size : 2.3TD
  • Maximum Weight (Kg) : 3500
  • Berths : 4
  • Layout : End Washroom

Swift Motorhomes View more details about the manufacturer of this vehicle over in our manufacturers section.

AT A GLANCE

Base vehicle: Fiat Ducato Price from: £54,345 Berths: 4 Travel seats: 4 Length: 5.97m Width: 2.31m Height: 2.91m Gross weight: 3,500kg Payload: 643kg

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

Model Year
2021
Manufacturer
Swift Motorhomes
Class
Low Profile Drop Down Bed
Range
Escape
Base Vehicle
Fiat Ducato
Engine Size
2.3TD
Payload (kg)
643
Belted Seats
4
Maximum weight (kg)
3500
Price from (£)
54345
Length (m)
5.97
Width (m)
2.31
Height (m)
2.91
Berths
4
Main Layout
End Washroom
Price from (€)
Campervan Test Date

DETAILED REVIEW

If you’re looking for a compact low-profile motorhome then Swift offers sub-6m layouts in both Escape and the slightly slimmer (2.26m wide) Escape Compact ranges.

At 2.31m overall, this Escape 604 is the same width as its bigger brothers (ranging up to 7.86m) but it is now the only compact Escape that isn’t an Escape Compact, if you see what we mean.

The Escape 612 and 622 (classic two-berth layouts with front and rear lounges, respectively) have been dropped from the rationalised range for 2021.

The good news, though, is that the little 604 is very much an on-trend design with its drop-down bed and four-berth/four travel seat versatility.

It’s also been upgraded for the year ahead, not only with new graphics but extra spec, too.

Our photos are of the 2020-season version, so don’t show the new alloy wheels but the panoramic sunroof seen here is now a standard feature, rather than part of the optional Comfort Pack.

In fact, there is no longer any pack to factor into the cost of your new Escape.

The only options listed from the factory are a 140bhp engine upgrade (£1,295), that motor with the nine-speed automatic gearbox (£3,495), a Thule roll-out awning (£795), a detachable towbar (£655) and SwiftShield upholstery (£450).

The standard spec now includes cruise control, a reversing camera and reversing sensors, removable carpets, a microwave, a flyscreen for the habitation door and a pleated windscreen blind.

The Winter Pack – waste water tank heater (including en route heating), underfloor pipe insulation and fridge vent covers – is also now part of the standard spec. And, best of all, the new list price (£54,345) is less than 2020’s figure when the previous Comfort Pack is taken into account.

Fundamentally, this is still the same motorhome. It looks neat and its ultra-short rear overhang should ensure excellent stability and handling.

The gas locker (at the rear offside) is rather high, so you’ll need to eat your spinach before changing gas cylinders, but alongside is a second hatch that reveals shelved storage for your mains lead, hose, etc.

There’s no larger external storage for chairs, bikes, etc, and the habitation door doesn’t have a window but neither does it need an external step, as the entrance is nice and low.

Being so compact, the standard 120bhp Fiat diesel engine should be perfectly adequate, too, unless you’re drawn to the delights of the automatic option.

Inside, the drop-down bed over the front lounge is a defining feature. It’s manually operated but doesn’t require a great deal of effort and it is shaped (narrower on the nearside) to avoid obstructing the entrance when down.

Its dimensions of 1.88m by 1.29m (max) are adequate and it lowers until the cupboards hung from its underside rest on the settees. At that point, it’s 1.11m off the floor.

Swift has thought about ventilation and fitted a small rooflight directly above, but there are no reading lights, just an LED strip adjacent.

If you want to use the 604 as an occasional four-berth, you can stop the bed in a mid-position and convert the sofas below into a second double bed (2.09m by 1.48m, according to Swift) – just watch the headroom as those underslung cupboards will reduce it for ‘downstairs’ sleepers.

When the lounge is acting as a lounge, it’s both a good size and comfortable, despite the cab floor being higher than in the rest of the motorhome.

The front seats rotate through a full 180 degrees, too, so you can get socks on sofas for complete chillout. The padded window surrounds are typically Swift and a contemporary piece of design.

The overcab sunroof means there’s no shortage of daylight, while artificial illumination (plenty of it) is provided by pin LEDs under the top lockers, ambient lighting above the top cupboards and flexible arm reading lights in the cab. There’s a TV bracket above the travel seats and USB ports adjacent.

In this rather continental-style layout there’s a Euro-style fixed table that’s quite compact (840mm by 495mm) but perfectly adequate for a couple.

If you’re feeding four there’s a rather fiddly slot-in extension panel to increase the acreage of the table, although it’s nothing like as slick as the usual swing-out panel.

The kitchen is a small unit to the rear of the habitation door but, although it’s compact, it’s not short of facilities.

There’s a Thetford three-burner hob with combined oven/grill below and a microwave is installed above, at eye level.

There’s a cutlery drawer in the cupboard under the sink and another drawer below the oven, but the worktop flap that opens across the doorway will be essential for all but the most basic culinary endeavours.

There’s better news across on the offside, where the 139-litre fridge is the latest Dometic type with a door that can be opened from either side. Then, alongside that, is a tall ‘n’ slim wardrobe with generous hanging height, as well as shelves top and bottom.

However, another reason to buy this baby Swift will be its anything-but-diminutive washroom, running right across the back of the motorhome.

There’s a second decent-sized wardrobe in here, plus a large shelved cupboard behind the fixed basin and an unusually generous amount of worktop for make-up, etc.

A separate shower is included here, too, complete with a Swift-branded panel incorporating the riser bar, but there’s no storage for your gels and shampoo.

With a lot more living space than a van conversion of the same length, a great washroom and an almost instant double bed, the little Escape 604 is an appealing couples motorhome that might serve as an occasional four-berth.

With more kit, the 2021 version is even more appealing but there are some good competitors to consider before you decide.

 

Chelston Motorhomes


Chelston Business Park
Wellington
Somerset
TA21 9JE
http://www.chelstononline.co.uk
info@teamchelston.co.uk
New and used motorhomes, service centre, accessories, finance. Mobility Vat-free and driving & access adaptions.

Lowdhams (Huddersfield)


Crosland Hill
Huddersfield
West Yorkshire
HD4 5NU
http://www.lowdhams.com
info@lowdhams.com
New Bailey, Chausson, Compass, Dethleffs, Hymer, HymerCar, Sunlight and Swift motorhomes. New Airstream, Eriba, Bailey, and Swift caravans. Also used, base & habitation service, finance, accessories.

Lowdhams (Nottingham)


Lowdham Road
Nottingham
Nottinghamshire
NG14 7ES
http://www.lowdhams.com
info@lowdhams.com
New Bailey, Chausson, Compass, Dethleffs, Hymer, HymerCar, Sunlight and Swift motorhomes. New Airstream, Eriba, Bailey, and Swift caravans. Also used, base & habitation service, finance, accessories.

Marquis Motorhomes (Berkshire)


Oxford Road
Newbury
Berkshire
RG20 8RU
http://www.marquisleisure.co.uk
Adam.Webb@marquisleisure.co.uk
Adria, Auto-Sleepers, Auto-Trail, Benimar, Elddis, Majestic, Mobilvetta, Randger new motorhomes. Servicing & minor repairs.

Marquis Motorhomes (Devon)

Auto-Sleepers, Auto-Trail, Benimar, Benivan, Elddis, Majestic, Mobilvetta, Randger new motorhomes. Base & habitation service & repairs.

Marquis Motorhomes (Dorset)

41-45
Old Wareham Road
Poole
Dorset
BH12 4QN
http://www.marquisleisure.co.uk
Adam.Webb@marquisleisure.co.uk
Adria, Auto-Sleepers, Auto-Trail, Benimar, Elddis, Majestic, Mobilvetta, Randger new motorhomes. Base & habitation service & repairs.

Marquis Motorhomes (Durham)


Durham Road
Chester-le-Street
Co Durham
DH3 2QZ
http://www.marquisleisure.co.uk
Adam.Webb@marquisleisure.co.uk
Adria, Auto-Sleepers, Auto-Trail, Benimar, Elddis, Majestic, Mobilvetta, Randger new motorhomes.

Marquis Motorhomes (Gloucestershire)

Mill Avon Holiday Park
Gloucester Road
Tewkesbury
Gloucestershire
GL20 5SW
http://www.marquisleisure.co.uk
Adam.Webb@marquisleisure.co.uk
Auto-Sleepers, Auto-Trail, Benimar, Elddis, Majestic, Mobilvetta, Randger new motorhomes. Base & habitation service & repairs.

Marquis Motorhomes (Hampshire)


Winchester Road
Southampton
Hampshire
SO32 1HA
http://www.marquisleisure.co.uk
Adam.Webb@marquisleisure.co.uk
Adria, Auto-Sleepers, Auto-Trail, Benimar, Elddis, Lunar, Majestic, Mobilvetta, Randger new motorhomes. Base & habitation service & repairs.

Marquis Motorhomes (Lancashire)

Riversway Leisure Village
Chain Caul Road
Preston
Lancashire
PR2 2PD
http://www.marquisleisure.co.uk
Adam.Webb@marquisleisure.co.uk
Auto-Sleepers, Auto-Trail, Benimar, Benivan, Elddis, Majestic, Mobilvetta, Randger new motorhomes.

Marquis Motorhomes (Northants)


The Causeway
Northampton
Northamptonshire
NN3 9EX
http://www.marquisleisure.co.uk
Adam.Webb@marquisleisure.co.uk
Adria, Auto-Sleepers, Auto-Trail, Benimar, Elddis, Majestic, Mobilvetta, Randger new motorhomes.

Marquis Motorhomes (Suffolk)


Farthing Road
Ipswich
Suffolk
IP1 5AP
http://www.marquisleisure.co.uk
Adam.Webb@marquisleisure.co.uk
Adria, Auto-Sleepers, Auto-Trail, Benimar, Elddis, Majestic, Mobilvetta, Randger new motorhomes. Base & habitation service & repairs.

Marquis Motorhomes (Surrey)

Adria, Auto-Sleepers, Auto-Trail, Benimar, Elddis, Majestic, Mobilvetta, Randger new motorhomes. Habitation service, finance.

Marquis Motorhomes (Sussex)


Eastbourne Road
Golden Cross
East Sussex
BN27 4AN
http://www.marquisleisure.co.uk
Adam.Webb@marquisleisure.co.uk
Adria, Auto-Sleepers, Auto-Trail, Benimar, Elddis, Majestic, Mobilvetta, Randger new motorhomes.

Moran Motorhomes


Orleton Road
Ludlow
Shropshire
SY8 1XF
http://www.moranmotorhomes.co.uk
info@moranmotorhomes.com
Auto-Sleepers, Bürstner and Swift new motorhomes. Base & habitation service, repairs & Class 4 MoT.

Simpsons Motorhomes


Suffolk Road
Great Yarmouth
Norfolk
NR31 0LN
http://simpsonsmotorhomes.co.uk
sales@simpsonsmotorcaravans.com
Simpsons Motor Caravans is one of Britain's most trusted and respected motorhome dealers. Base & habitation service, repairs & MoT.

Spinney Cheshire


Knutsford Road
Holmes Chapel
Cheshire
CW4 8HJ
http://www.spinney.co.uk
sales@spinney.co.uk
New motorhomes. 8-bay workshop. Accessory shop. New caravans. Parts & aftersales.

West Country Motorhomes (Brent Knoll)

West Country Motorhomes based in Brent Knoll, Somerset, have been supplying quality motorhomes for over 40 years, we are recognised as one of the largest independent motorhome retailer’s and proudly claim to be ‘The UK’s Premier Dealer’.

3 A's Leisure (Showground)


Nantyci
Carmarthen
Carmarthenshire
SA33 5DR
http://www.3acaravans.co.uk
carmarthen@3asleisure.com
Adria, Autocruise, Auto-Sleepers, Bessacarr, Carthago, Chausson, Dethleffs, Elddis, Swift. Habitation service, finance, accessories, overnighters.

AEG Motorhomes


Birmingham Street
Stourbridge
Warwickshire
DY8 1JE
http://aegmotorhomes.co.uk
motorhomes@allelectric.co.uk
New & used motorhomes, campervans, servicing & parts. Auto-Sleepers and Swift new motorhomes. Conversions.

Alan Kerr Motorhomes

Patrick House
Blythe Way
Paignton
Devon
TQ4 7QP
http://www.alankerrltd.co.uk
sales@alankerrltd.co.uk
New and used motorhomes for sale. Base and habitation service and MoTs. Parts and accessories, bodyshop.

American Retro Caravans Ltd

Appt only
Middle Farm
Taunton
Somerset
TA3 5AP
http://www.arcairstreams.co.uk
info@arcairstreams.co.uk
Renovate vintage Airstream caravans & motorhomes, also American RVs. Exterior repairs, aftersales servicing & insurance work. Import. Spares.

BC Motorhomes

Border Cars Ayr
Heathfield Road
Ayr
Ayrshire
KA8 9HE
http://www.bcmotorhomes.co.uk
calum.watson@bcmotorhomes.co.uk
Auto-Sleepers, Auto-Trail, Carthago, Dethleffs, Roller Team, Swift new motorhomes. Motorhome hire, base & habitation service & repair.

Brownhills


A1-A46 Junction
Newark
Nottinghamshire
NG24 2EA
http://www.brownhills.co.uk
newarksales@brownhills.co.uk
Adria, Auto-Trail, Elddis, Rapido, Swift new motorhomes. Sales, parts, accessories, restaurant.

Cleveland Motorhomes


Durham Tees Valley Airport
Darlington
Co Durham
DL2 1PD
http://cleveland-motorhomes.co.uk
sales@clevelandmotorhomes.co.uk
New and used motorhomes. Habitation service.

Cranham Leisure (Upminster)


Old Gailey Park
Upminster
Essex
RM14 1TJ
http://www.cranham.co.uk
info@cranham.co.uk
New and used caravans and motorhomes for sale. Base and habitation servicing. Also branch at Chelmsford.

Dolphin Motorhomes Dorset Sales


Iford Bridge (Main A35)
Christchurch
Dorset
BH23 2QA
http://www.dolphinmotorhomes.co.uk
sales@dolphinmotorhomes.co.uk
Motorhome dealers. Accessories. VAT-free mobility vehicles. Habitation service. Elddis & Swift dealer specials.

Dolphin Motorhomes Hampshire Sales

478
Bursledon Road (A3024)
Southampton
Hampshire
SO19 8NH
http://www.dolphinmotorhomes.co.uk
sales@dolphinmotorhomes.co.uk
Motorhome dealers. Accessories. VAT-free mobility vehicles. Habitation service. Elddis & Swift dealer specials.

Don Amott Leisure Kingdom


Egginton Road
Derby
Derbyshire
DE65 5FJ
http://www.leisurekingdom.co.uk
Auto-Trail, Bailey, Knaus, Swift new motorhomes. Bailey caravans. Finance, workshop, accessories, tents, trailers. CaSSOA Gold award.

Glossop Caravans


Main A57
Glossop
Derbyshire
SK13 6JF
http://www.glossopcaravans.co.uk
info@glossopcaravans.co.uk
New and used caravans and motorhomes for sale. Base, habitation service and MoTs. Accessories and service centre.

Hagans Motorhomes

184
Templepatrick Road
Ballyclare
Co Antrim
BT39 0RA
http://www.hagansmotorhomes.com
info@hagansmotorhomes.com
Bailey, Swift new motorhomes. 4-6 berth motorhome hire. Also new Venus and used touring caravans.

Hayes Leisure Ltd

Hayes Leisure Birmingham
Walsall Road
Darlaston
Staffordshire
WS10 9SS
http://www.hayesleisure.co.uk
info@hayesleisure.co.uk
New and used motorhomes for sale. Habitation service. Base service and MoT arranged. Mobility VAT-free motorhomes.

Highbridge Caravan Centre Ltd


A38 Bristol Road
Highbridge
Somerset
TA9 4EX
http://www.highbridgecaravans.co.uk
info@highbridgecaravans.co.uk
Motorhome & caravan dealer. Huge choice of tents, trailer tents, folding campers & accessories. Harrison awnings. Hymer dealer.

Johns Cross Motorcaravan Centre


Battle Road (A21)
Robertsbridge
East Sussex
TN32 5JJ
http://www.johnscross.co.uk
andy@johnscross.co.uk
Swift 2-6 berth hire. Motor movers. Motorhome electrics. Mobile & workshop. Also tents, accessories etc. Coleman, Vango, Gelert, Royal. Boiler repair. Auto-Trail new models.

Knowepark Caravans and Motorhomes


Hardie Road
Livingston
West Lothian
EH54 8BA
http://www.kpcm.co.uk
sales@knowepark.co.uk
New and used caravans and motorhomes for sale. Habitation servicing.

Lee & Turner Ltd


Waterton Lane
Waterton
Bridgend
CF31 3UZ
http://www.leeandturner.co.uk
mervyn.evans@leeandturner.co.uk
Main dealers for Auto-Trail and Roller Team. Full aftersales service including bodyshop.

Perthshire Caravans

2016 Autocruise, Auto-Sleepers, Auto-Trail, Bailey, Bessacarr, Burstner, Elddis, Escape, Rapido, Swift new motorhomes. Caravans, holiday homes & accessories. Service & sprays.

Pioneer Caravans


Thorney Road
Peterborough
Cambridgeshire
PE6 7UB
http://www.pioneercaravans.co.uk
New Swift motorhomes. New Swift & Bailey caravans. Willerby & ABI new statics. Awnings, accessories, service & repair. Storage. CaSSOA Gold award.

Richard Baldwin Motorhomes


Wakefield Road
Halifax
West Yorkshire
HX3 0TP
http://rbm.co.uk
sales@rbm.co.uk
Auto-Trail, Elddis, Swift new motorhomes. Service centre and bodyshop, accessory shop. Mobility VAT-Free vehicles.

South Hereford Motorcaravan Sales Centre


Whitchurch
Ross-on-Wye
Herefordshire
HR9 6DF
http://www.motorcaravancentre.co.uk
info@motorcaravans-motorhomes.co.uk
New Auto-Trail and Swift motorhomes. Caravan and motorhome sales. Also service centre in Coleford (8 miles).

Stewart Mouland Motorcaravans

374
South Coast Road
Peacehaven
East Sussex
BN10 7ET
http://www.stewartmouland.co.uk
generalsales@stewartmouland.co.uk
New and used motorhomes. Base & habitation service, repairs & MoT. Finance and accessories.

Todds Motorhomes

Todds Mobile Leisure
Coote Lane
Preston
Lancashire
PR5 5JD
http://www.toddsmotorhomes.co.uk
stuart@toddsmotorhomes.co.uk
New and used motorhomes, after-sales and accessories. Mobility VAT-free motorhomes.

West Country Motorhomes (Swindon)

Auto-Sleepers, Auto Trail, Bailey, Elddis, Swift new motorhomes. Motorhome rental, service and accessory fitting.

White Arches Motorhomes


Higham Road
Wellingborough
Northamptonshire
NN8 2DU
http://www.whitearchesmotorhomes.co.uk
info@white-arches.co.uk
New and used motorhomes. Base & habitation service, repairs & MoT. Finance.