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Read more on the Karmann Mobil Colorado 665 TI in the Practical Motorhome review
Karmann Mobil has been producing the Colorado for four years and is hugely proud of its motorhome’s distinctive design. Westcroft Motorhome Centre (Cannock) no longer imports Karmann Mobils but instead suggests that buyers visit the factory in Sprendlingen, Germany: there are so many options available that you can have a bespoke motorhome built there for less money than a dealer-imported version.
The ever-attractive T5 marries beautifully with the low-profile front and the sharp, defined lines work nicely alongside the more gentle curves on this ’van.
The GRP body is predominantly white but has subtle silver decals. The windows are all well integrated and the lockers barely disrupt the bodywork.
On the road
The driving position is commendable, too. The captain’s chairs have twin armrests, a height-adjustable base and full lumbar support. With the CD/radio filling the motorhome with rich sounds, the cab was a pleasant space in which to travel many miles.
The only niggle was the loud whirring noise coming from the engine when travelling in low gears.
Lounging & dining
British buyers wanting a more relaxing lounge space are better off looking at the Colorado 600 or the 660 HS, both of which have larger U-shaped end lounges.
With the driver’s chair swivelled 180°, three can dine at the table but that is the maximum number of people who can be entertained. Even then, whoever is sitting in the driver’s chair must stretch to reach the table because the cab floor is set lower than that on which the table is placed.
There is an adequate two feet of space in the aisle between the table and the kitchen. However, folding the table away is impossible, as the leg only collapses half way, meaning it’s impossible to stow.
There’s a 97-litre Dometic fridge, with a freezer compartment, alongside which are two drawers (one for cutlery) and a large drawer for pans at ground level. There’s more storage in the two overhead lockers, which are perfect for crockery and groceries. Tins and jars can be stored in the slide-out two-tier wire rack. Despite these extra design touches, though, the contents of the slide-out rack rattled loudly when travelling, unless the rack was jam-packed.
Two small steps lead up to the bed – because it is 3ft off the floor, you need help getting in and out of it. However, once in bed it is extremely comfortable and suitable for short- and long-term touring. Two halogen spotlights here provide light for reading. There’s even a switch above the bed to turn music from the cab stereo on or off, so you don’t have to get out of bed to do it.
The only thing that we felt let this ’van down was the lack of a dinette bed. If you’re touring with children or grandchildren there’s nowhere for them to sleep.
No room is wasted here – there are two overhead lockers above the Thetford toilet, as well a cupboard under the sink with two shelves for toiletries. There are even pockets in the moulded plastic unit built in between the two mirrors.
For washing there’s a spacious, separate shower with a sliding concertina door. The shower has its own corner unit with two recessed storage pockets in which to keep shower gels and soaps. There’s plenty of room to wash in the sink, too, using its single mixer tap.
At the rear there are five storage lockers arranged in a U-shape above the bed, and these comfortably swallow clothes for two. There is also an enormous garage, under the bed, which can be accessed from one interior or two exterior doors.
If you want to hang clothes there’s a wardrobe opposite the washroom, complete with a clothes rail.
There’s further storage space in the kitchen, dining area and the washroom. Two people will be spoilt for choice in terms of where to put things.
Dometic Fridge, 3-burner gas hob
Thetford C-250 toilet, Separate shower cubicle
The Colorado is a solid, well-made vehicle that has been beautifully crafted. The Volkswagen T5 base vehicle provides a powerful drive in comfortable surroundings and has been seamlessly integrated with the coachbuilt bodywork. This motorhome seems perfect for two people embarking on a long-term tour, provided that they don’t need space for children or grandchildren to stay.
- Looks; driving manners of VW T5; contemporary interior; storage; roomy washroom; clever compact kitchen
- Low-speed engine noise; nowhere to put a TV; limited entertaining options; no dinette bed