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Practical Motorhome reviews the 2015 Knaus Sky i 700 LEG motorhome, a big and beautiful four-berth A-class from the luxury German manufacturer
Knaus sells more motorhomes in Germany than any other brand. What’s more, having made great strides following a change of ownership in 2009, the marque has a comprehensive offering across the board, from panel van conversions to A-classes.
A selection of Knaus models is imported to the UK via Lowdham Leisureworld, based in Nottingham and Huddersfield, and Southdowns Motorhome Centre, in Portsmouth. These models boast an improved specification for the British market, including a range of base vehicle and motorhome option packs, and gas ovens.
Knaus topped our Practical Motorhome Owner Satisfaction Awards 2014 for pre-owned vans, polling an almost perfect 98.9%; so potential buyers need have no worries about the quality of design or build.
The Sky i range of A-class motorhomes sits close to the top of the Knaus portfolio. With its panoramic windscreen, brilliant white sidewalls and attractive front panel, this is a good-looking vehicle.
In 700 LEG configuration, the Sky i features on-trend fixed twin single beds at the rear, over a large garage; a manually operated drop-down bed above the lounge provides two extra berths. A washroom is split across the width of the ’van, and there’s a continental-style L-shaped kitchen on the UK nearside.
On the road
Another external feature of note is the Unique Service Box, a hatch on the nearside that groups the water intake, mains hook-up connector, leisure battery and water tank drain taps in one place.
Lounging & dining
Our test ’van had leather-covered seating finished in the ‘Las Vegas’ cream and chocolate combination; the seats were comfortable with plenty of support.
A retractable TV lives in the space behind the offside sofa, next to the habitation door.
|Layout||Rear single beds|
|Fresh/waste water||124L / 101L|
|Leisure battery||95 Ah|
|Gas bottle size||11kg|
|Number of gas bottles||2|
3-burner gas hob, Combined Oven/Grill
Thetford C-250 toilet
There’s a lot of choice when shopping for an A-class at this price point. The 2015 Sky i 700 LEG is a refined ’van with a good specification and masses of storage, plus some genuine innovation.
- Plentiful storage
- Refined design
- Wonderful washroom
- Rear twin single beds can turn into a big double
- 98.9% of Knaus owners are happy with their 'vans
- A-class motorhomes aren't cheap!