One year of Dolce Vita with the semi-integrated Laika Kosmo 212
Twelve months long-term test with the entry-level model Kosmo from Laika. Result: short bed, great lighting concept, stylish furniture. And then there was the thing about the waterfall that caught the testers getting out!
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First of all: the layout we tested is only available as a model 512 with a vehicle length of 7.40 meters. That’s 46 centimeters more than our model – which is good. Because all testers always lacked a bit of space in the semi-integrated.
The queen-size bed in the Laika Kosmo causes difficulties
Queen-size bed: good quality mattress, but too little space and too high entry.
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The main point of criticism was the queen-size bed: While the quality of the mattress was always praised, many were annoyed when it slipped on the slatted frame. In addition, the passage to the right and left of the bed to the wardrobes was too narrow. “The queen bed is not very royal and annoying. Much too short – and then the mattress shifts. Where’s the advantage? “, Asked his colleague Holger Karkheck. Children in particular have difficulties getting to bed because there is neither a step nor a ladder for the high entry. There was a lot of praise for the shower. Lots of freedom of movement, good standing height, decent water pressure – fits. Our colleague Marco Weidig found it a bit cramped in the bathroom opposite: “It is not possible to use the toilet with the door closed.” Other testers praised precisely this door, because it allows the bedroom and bathroom area to be separated from the living room. This plus in privacy was well received. Just like that high quality and tasteful furniture. The colleagues found the table and work surface in bronze and stone look with a chrome border particularly pleasing.
|Motorization||Fiat MultiJet 150|
|power||110 kW (150 PS) at 3600 rpm|
|Torque||350 Nm at 1500 rpm|
|Top speed||155 km / h|
|Transmission / drive||Six-speed manual / front wheel|
|Tank capacity / fuel type||90 l / diesel|
|Length Width Height||6955/2330/2900 mm|
|Wheelbase / tires||3800 mm / 225/75 R 16 CP|
|Empty weight ready to drive / payload (test mobile||2845/655 kg|
|Trailer load (braked / unbraked)||2000/750 kg|
|Material wall / roof / floor||Alu / GFK / GFK|
|Wall / roof / floor thickness||34/33/49 mm|
|Lying area fold-down bed L x W||2000 x 1400 mm|
|Lying area rear L x W||1900 x 1480 mm|
|Fridge / freezer||140/12 l|
|Board battery||80 Ah|
|Fresh / waste water tank||110/90 l|
|Gas supply / heating||2x 5 kg / Truma Combi 6|
|Test consumption||11.8 l D / 100 km|
|Price / test car price||from 52,900 / 62,003 euros|
Processing of the motorhome furniture sometimes quite careless
Cozy interior with indirect and multi-level LED lighting.
© Stefan Beetz / AUTO BILD
Matching: the well thought-out lighting concept. The lights conjured up a homely atmosphere in the motorhome even in the cold and gray seasons. The lamps have another advantage: “Finally a long-term test enough USB sockets“, praised editor Helene Schmidt.” They are elegant and practical in the reading spots. “But precisely because Laika attaches great importance to high-quality furniture fittings and detailed solutions, colleague Holger Karkheck annoyed the loveless workmanship:”The glossy flaps make a high-quality impression, but the workmanship in details is poor. An expensive piece of furniture where the screw covers come off after a very short time would be complained about immediately and not accepted. “Another problem in furniture construction: While the construction noise was still very quiet at the beginning of the test, criticized author Thomas Wirth after more than 34,000 kilometers, strong rattling and clumping from the superstructure. (Overview: everything about motorhomes)
|Compact external dimensions||Queen bed too high and too short|
|Pleasant lighting concept||Processing defects|
|Well-coordinated chassis||Build-up noises while driving|
|Numerous USB sockets||No piezo ignition|
|Tasteful interior design||Difficult to fill the fresh water tank|
|Freedom of movement in the living room||Badly accessible lamp in the rear garage|
|Comfortable mattresses||Space in the gas locker too tight|
|Powerful engine||Use of the bathroom only with the door open|
|Lots of natural light in the interior through numerous skylights|
Motorhome body well insulated, but a water problem
The Kosmo was really not spared in the twelve months. The southern European surprisingly showed undreamt-of qualities, especially in winter: The structure convinced with excellent insulation. As we are in the weather: Kosmo does not cope with rain and water in general. Because the rain runoff from the driver’s cab ends exactly at the height of the driver’s door. Not only once did a tester take an involuntary shower when getting out of the car. Every colleague who tried to fill the fresh water tank also got wet. From the beginning, it felt like more water flowed out than in. In order to be able to refuel at all, the water hose was pushed deep into the nozzle with great force. The result after a few weeks: The hose feed behind the filler neck came loose.
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Conclusion from Helene Schmidt: Our cosmo had some constructive and qualitative weaknesses. Laika responded immediately to the criticism and adapted the production accordingly. So changed, the Italian has good chances of success in Germany.