Sleeping 6 people in any UK motorhome which is not a large A class is going to be tricky, never mind when its at the budget end of the market as is the case here with the Swift Escape 696. Below is a video review below from Practical Motorhome about this budget offering from Swift that was priced at just under £37,500.
Its an over cab coach built motorhome on the Fiat chassis. In terms of sleeping there is space for two over the cab, two bunk beds at the rear and then a central lounge area which makes up a double. You also get a large garage space at the rear of the van which comes in very handy. With the optional extras pack you get the automatically retracting electric step. As mentioned by the reviewer, trying to fit in space for 6 within a van less than 7 meters long is always going to be a challenge.
Dinning for 6 there is another slide out under the dinning table which extends to provide a dinning table for the two extra children on the side seat. Another nice feature for transit is the table bolts to the floor. The over cab bed can potentially sleep two adults, but its designed for two children. Getting in and out of the bed could potentially be an issue as shown in the video due to the fact the ladder cannot be in place when the lower bed is in use. So probably best to put the kids that sleep through in that bed.
The kitchen on the Swift Escape 696 is pretty good, particularly for the price bracket. You get reasonable work space, a good sink and practical three burner hob with oven/grill. However you will notice no mention of a microwave, but this maybe a cost option.
The rear bunk beds are an interesting working of the space. There is a ladder fixed to the wall for the top bunk. The lower bunk is actually part of the garage and lowers down. So obviously you can only use the bed when the garage is not full. What this really tells me is if you are using this van for six people you need an awning to unload the contents of the garage.
Now in terms of the negatives for the Swift Escape 696 its really the washroom which its space has been sacrificed to make up the 6 berths. Again though really this is an understandable choice as really in many instances a van such as this will be taken to sites with full facilities.
Really to be able to get a motorhome to sleep six for under £37,500 is very impressive, and as a second hand buy if you need to sleep six this could be a very tempting offer.