Knaus Live I 650 MEG: Motorhome test

The new Knaus long-term tester comes into service

With the Live I, Knaus brings a healthy dose of dynamism to the contemplative world of fully integrated vehicles. What else he can do, the long-term test from AUTO BILD REISEMOBIL will clarify.

D.his hot cut also convinced the readers of AUTO BILD REISEMOBIL: The new Knaus Live I won the GOLDEN REISEMOBIL 2020 readers’ choice first place among the fully integrated. This is called a made-to-measure debut! It’s no wonder that the new Jandelsbrunn motorhome with its dynamic look, modern interior and attractive Purchase price of just over 60,000 euros but a clear counterpart to the rather sedate models of the competitors. Therefore, from now on, a Live I 650 MEG will show in our endurance test whether the advance praise was deserved.

The starting price is only slightly higher than that of the semi-integrated

Knaus Live I 650 MEG

Typically integrated: seating area with plenty of space and the best view of the surroundings through large windows.

© Sven Krieger / AUTO BILD

That’s him: From a purely objective point of view, the smallest integrated model from the Knaus entry-level Live series. Almost seven meters long, weighs 3.5 tons and with space for four as standard. There are also two other models: the 700 MEG (7.53 meters, from 64,490 euros) and the 900 LEG, which even drives up as a three-axle vehicle at 8.61 meters (from 79,990 euros). All layouts have single beds in the rear, a fold-down bed in the front and do not have a double floor. Together with the classic wall structure (with PU strips it costs 1670 euros extra), this explains the low entry price, the only 4100 euros above that of the comparable semi-integrated Live TI 650 MEG is located. From a subjective point of view, advancement to the integrated class is more difficult. This is also due to the fact that the Live I appears larger than its external dimensions suggest. With the side seat to the right of the body door the dinette also invites five to socialize. The bathroom on the driver’s side makes the most of the available space with the swivel wall and, in addition to a shelf, offers plenty of storage space in a tall cupboard. Opposite is the kitchen with fold-out work surface, three large drawers, two overhead cupboards and a slim tower refrigerator. This is followed by two wardrobes in the rear under the adjustable foot ends of the comfortable beds. We like the open shelves here, which make the area look nice and airy. Last but not least, it is convincing Rear storage space with its enormous volume and the big doors.

Strengthen weaknesses
– High driving safety and a good overview – Standing height at the front thanks to the fold-down bed and
– Practical service box Limited seating group platform
– Easy-care, spacious bathroom with swivel wall – Passenger airbag not standard
– Lots of clothes and towel hooks – Impractical engine compartment access
– Heating built into the dinette to promote sleep – Long list of surcharges

The coolest extra is an electrically extending transport system

Knaus Live I 650 MEG

The innovative and comfortable rear carrier system e.hit is actually a hit. Here it is only provided with a bicycle holder.

© Sven Krieger / AUTO BILD

He has: A very modern look, paired with tangible advantages. The LED headlights on the front, for example, not only ensure the striking look, but also one great light output. And the One-hand operation of the flaps is practical and chic at the same time. There are also goodies such as the standard driver’s door, the combined diesel-AdBlue filler flap, retractable dinette headrests or the practical lighting concept. The coolest extra is the e.hit for 2804 euros, an electrically extending transport system at the rear. It is combined with a detachable trailer hitch and takes the bike rack (which can then be loaded at bumper height to protect your back) or a transport box. Knaus offers some packages with a price advantage of up to 1627 euros – such as the Live-I package with insect protection door, Truma iNet, insulated waste water tank, etc. for 1890 euros.

Camping accessories to offer

Reimo sun canopy Mauritius

Price *: 149.00 euros

Skandia Moonchair Sirkka

Price *: 69.95 euros

Frankana Freiko Resty garbage separator

Price *: 17.50 euros

Paramondo awning

Price *: 499.00 euros

Wacaco Nanopresso portable espresso machine

Price *: 89.90 euros

* Price: Amazon price on September 7th, 2021

Top: fast ESP, sensitive chassis, direct steering

This is how he drives: Thanks to the forward-sloping dashboard and large mirrors the overview is greatA reversing camera is of course still required (for example in the media package with navigation system and head-up display for a reasonable 2030 euros). In our “moose test” this is not the case fast acting ESP positive – just like the sensitive chassis and direct steering, which, according to our driving dynamics expert Tim Dahlgaard, the optional 17-inch wheels play their part. Here, too, optics and functionality go hand in hand.

Conclusion: The Live I already performed well in our super test. In particular, his good-natured behavior in all driving dynamics tests inspires confidence. Driving comfort is also high and operation is easy. Many practical solutions make life on board easy. We are looking forward to the coming months!

Knaus Live I 650 MEG
Technical specifications
Motorization MultiJet 2 180
Motor / type / cylinder / installation position Diesel / in row / four / front cross
Displacement 2287 cm3
kW (PS) at rpm 130 (177) at 3500
Nm at rpm 450 at 1500
Top speed 155 km / h
transmission Nine-speed automatic
drive Front wheel
Brakes front / rear Washers / disks
Test car tires 235/60 R 17 C
Tire type Nokian cLine
Tank capacity / type of fuel 90 l / diesel + 19 l AdBlue
Trailer load braked / unbraked 2000/750 kg
Length Width Height 6990/2320/2790 mm
wheelbase 3800 mm
External material wall / roof / floor Alu / GRP / wood sandwich
Insulation material wall / roof / floor EPS / EPS / XPS
Wall thickness wall / roof / floor 31/32/40 mm
window 5
Roof hoods 4th
stove Gas, 3 flames
Fridge / freezer 137/15 l
Model toilet Thetford cassette
Seats / with three-point seat belts 4/4
heater Truma Combi 6
Sockets 12V / 230 V / USB 0/5/2
to shine 32
Body battery 2x 12V / 80 Ah
Fresh water tank 100 l
Waste water tank 95 l
Gas supply 2x 11 kg
Costs / guarantees
Emission standard Euro 6d
Tax per year 240 euros
Insurance (HPF / VK) * 348/1876 euros
Workshop intervals according to ad
Guarantee base / rust perforation 2/8 years
Guarantee structure / tightness 2/10 years
Mobility guarantee 2 years
Base price (with base engine) 62,490 euros
Test car price 93,768 euros

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