After a six-year absence from the UK market, Knaus returned nearly two years ago with a caravan offering that included the colourful Sport & Fun, the most familiar to UK buyers of the manufacturer’s tourers. There were other ranges in its line-up, but these still targeted the Continental market. At the February Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show at Birmingham’s NEC, Knaus launched its latest offering – the StarClass. This new two-van range is aimed squarely at the UK caravanner. 

The StarClass isn’t completely new; in fact the original range was launched for the 2006 season through the now defunct Discover Leisure dealer outlets. The stylish, heavy tourers were well made and turn up occasionally on used forecourts, although they don’t hang around for long. 

At launch, there are just two models in the range. Both are four-berth vans: the 565 is a twin fixed-bed, end-washroom layout, while the one under scrutiny here, the StarClass 560, has a fixed-bed, end-washroom floorplan.