Sharing all Swift’s latest construction features, Bessacarrs come with the new SMART timberless framing and 10-year bodyshell warranty. The eight Bessacarr models are all on the face lifted Fiat Ducato chassis-cab, but only the new 494 layout offers an island bed, placed transversely at the rear.
Island bed layouts generally require more space in a larger motorhome – at 7.75m the 494 is no exception, but it’s neatly styled with a sleek roofline and grey-green graphics. Fiat’s recent cosmetic surgery has refined the nose, made the grille more friendly, and LED daytime running lights emphasise the more slender ‘eyes’. Bessacarrs have a recessed 4.5m awning as standard, plus door mirror covers, and an excellent twin-lens reversing camera, whose monitor occupies half of the internal cab mirror.
The first impressions give you that sense of space in the ample front dining/lounge with swivelled cab seats. It is a 3,500kg chassis, drivable under all licences as the internal layout has twin parallel settees. .
The well-equipped and practical kitchen unit contains Thetford’s latest Aspire cooker, with three gas burners and a mains electric hotplate under a glass lid, and a separate grill and oven below, plus a pan cupboard. To its right, the large round composite sink has a small integral draining area and external mixer tap, plus a chopping board lid and separate plastic draining tray. The work surface alongside (with two wall-mounted mains sockets behind) is extendable by a lift-up flap.
There’s an easily-accessible microwave above the sink and the 110-litre Dometic AES fridge – with removable freezer compartment – lives below.
Storage is provided in two good-sized overhead cupboards, one with crockery racking, and in a slim cupboard with internal drawer between the cooker and fridge. There’s also a useful cutlery drawer above the fridge. All is well lit, with a window behind the unit, a strip light below the overhead cupboards and ambient lighting above. As part of Bessacarr’s spec there’s also an Omnivent fan.
The Hi-Style 494’s USP is its island bed, something new to Bessacarr’s range. Instead of projecting from the motorhome’s rear wall (as is more usual), this bed lies transverse, its head against the nearside wall. There’s ample access around the foot – especially if, during daytime, you remove the 9in infill cushion at the bed’s head and push back the bed base, so that it measures just 5ft 6in long. However, even when fully extended, it’s still possible to walk around – because the bed is rather short at just 1.84m (6ft 1in) maximum. At 1.32m (4ft 4in), width is adequate, rather than generous. However, even if your feet do protrude over the end, you should be comfortable – resting on sprung slats, the Duvalay mattress is exclusive to Swift.
The mileage on this vehicle was correct at the time of valuation, however the vehicle remains in use by the Seller until the point it is sold, therefore the mileage at the time of sale may be higher than that advertised.
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