It’s not a unique layout, but for families with a bit of cash to spend, the X700 offers such good comfort and specification, you’ll want to use it at every opportunity.
Lounge space; washroom; Transit base vehicle
Untidy wiring; only five belted seats
There are several Continental models on the market with the X700’s bunk beds/garage layout – with the closest competition from near neighbours Rimor and Miller – but Laika’s range stands out with the characterful and practical design that has become its trademark.
Here, we have quoted specification and prices for a typical UK model which includes an uprated chassis with five belted seats, an oven/grill and a Heki roof light in the lounge.
There’s plenty of room for four, or indeed six to dine. There’s a double and a single dinette, which can also be made into a sofa. Though the dinette has fallen out of favour in two-berths it’s the most practical option for families and, in the Laika, it is wide enough to offer some lounge comfort.
The cushions are firm, though the fabric may prove a little too light to withstand abuse from crayons, baby food and the like. However, the colour does strike a warm, relatively neutral balance for the interior, without looking too cold or dull.
Families tend to eat out rarely, for reasons of cost and practicality, so the kitchen is crucial and the X700 delivers the goods, though workspace is at a premium. There is space for a chopping board and a mixing bowl between the gas hob and the sink (which has a solid cover).
The oven fitted to UK models will occupy the space given to a cupboard beneath the hob in our test ‘van, but there’s still a wide cutlery drawer, a slide-out wire can/bottle shelf and four overhead lockers, with a handy shelf above the fridge. The 142-litre fridge/freezer is useful, as families will be able to save time with a single, weekly shop, and keep plenty of cold drinks at the ready for a lunch stop.
Though relatively small, the centre washroom has a big enough circular shower for regular use away from campsites, though even with 100 litres of water on board, a family of five would need to be sparing with the tap.
There’s adequate space around the loo and the sink, plus a good amount of storage space in the cupboard above the wide sink. The rail in front of the large mirror can be used to hold a couple of towels, though there’s also a two-towel rail by the sink.
The four fixed beds are all very comfortable, and are generously proportioned, with good quality mattresses and blown-air ducting to the overcab – useful for the winter months.
The overcab is the best available in the UK. Thanks to the 80cm of headroom above the mattress, it’s well equipped with reading lights, too.
The dinettes can be made into a large, flat double and a child’s single, providing guest options. Unusually, Laika’s excellent handbook has precise instructions on how the cushions fit together, along with plenty of other useful advice specific to the model, accompanied by illustrative photographs.
The garage space is enhanced by folding up the bottom bunk, creating room for a scooter or a few bikes (enough for two adult and two pre-teen cycles) though some families will fit a rear bike rack and use the space for chairs and tables.
The garage is also heated, with a small, nearside door to complement the main, offside, gas-strut door. There’s a large wardrobe in the living area, with a useful wire bin which can be accessed from the washroom.
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