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The BMW Compact - 320 td 2.0 and the Buccaneer Elan 15 with a laden weight of 1418 kg is a fairly good match.

82 %

1418 kg 1720 kg
80 kg

Score: 6


20%  

Weight
weight ratio
towball limit
stability
Flat roads
speed
acceleration
5th gear
Mountains
speed
hill starts
driving

The stability score is calculated with a noseweight of 80 kg. That is 5 kg more than the towball limit of the car!

Good

  • Hill starts
  • Higher revs uphill not necessary

Bad

  • Towball limit is a bit too low (5 kg)
  • Good payload is essential

Verdict

The BMW Compact - 320 td 2.0 and the Buccaneer Elan 15 of a laden weight of 1418 kg is an excellent combination for all journeys on all kinds of roads.

Weight

There is a small chance of snaking at higher speeds, strong side winds and thoughtless driving. Even if the combination normally feels stable, the forces by deflection side to side are great at high speed. For drivers with knowledge of, and experience in driving a caravan it is safe to drive, but proper and careful loading is still important! An electronic stability system in the car and / or on the caravan is worth considering.

Flat roads

The performances of the engine of this outfit are in general good. Under all conditions on motorways it is possible to drive with 60 mph in the 5th gear. In that case the engine runs approximately 2100 rpm. In a headwind or for example on a crossover there is no need to downshift immediately.

Mountains

On most motorways inclines (1:20) driving is easily possible in the 4th gear with 50 mph and even full throttle with 58 mph. In the 3th gear the top speed is 65 mph (4132 rpm). Hill starts are possible on steep slopes up to 21%. Because the car does not have enough power at low revs, we recommend a gradient of more than 20% not to drive.

Attention: This car can easily drive much faster with the caravan than is safe. So always keep an eye on your speed!


Results

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Weight
Towing limit
1600 kg
Weight ratio
82%
(laden Caravan / laden Car)
(1418 kg / 1720 kg)
Noseweight
Towball limit
75 kg
Advise
80 kg
Stability
Score at legislative - optimal noseweight
5.4 - 6
Infuence pay load
40%
Flat roads
Top speed
81 mph (4th gear)
At headwind
74 mph
Speed in practice
72 mph (5th gear)
Acceleration
0 - 60 mph
22.6 sec. - (max. 17.9 sec.)
30 - 60 mph
16.7 sec. - (max. 12.5 sec.)
50 - 60 mph
4th gear: 8.4 sec. (max. 5.6 sec.)
Power at 60 mph
Highest (6th) gear
of limited use (1769 rpm, 88% gas)
Gears in practice
5th gear
4th gear
Revs at 60 mph
2131
2685
Percentage between accelerator
66% - 75%
53% - 61%
Power needed at 60 mph 1793 N
over: 1074 N
over: 1728 N
Motorway inclines 1:20
Speed (maximum)
58 mph - (65 mph)
In the
4th gear - (3th gear)
Revs
2629 - (4132)
Acceleration 30 - 50 mph
14.4 sec. - (max. 11.8 sec.)
Normaly at 50 mph in the
4th gear
By revs
2237
Percentage accelerator
88%
By full throttle
Hill starts
Maximum incline
19.3% - 21.4%
Minimum speed (whereby power)
6 mph - (10 mph)
Mountain roads
Maximum slope driving
39%
Maximum speed on 1:8
41 mph in the 2th gear

 

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Details combination

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Car
BMW Compact - 320 td 2.0
Year
March 2003 - March 2005
Power
kW (150 bhp) at rpm
Torque
Nm at - rpm
Kerbweight
kg user payload kg
Tyres
/ R
Gearbox
manual with 6 gears
Towing limit
kg (towball limit kg)
Caravan
Buccaneer Elan 15
MIRO
kg Payload kg
MTPLM
kg
Height:
m. (8'6")
Overall width:
m. (7'7")
Overall body lenght:
m. (19'1")
Shipping length:
m. (23'2")
Actual gross train weight
3138 kg
Stated vehicle gross train weight
kg


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Reviews

The BMW towing a Buccaneer Elan 15 (1418) kg reviewed by Ian Arnell:

Was previously concerned even though all manufacturer figures stacked up for this combination. However I cannot praise my baby beemer highly enough, across the M62 and A55 it just kept on pulling like a train, even accelerating up hills, set cruise control and let it do the rest. Brilliant car.


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