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The BMW 218i Gran Tourer aut. and the Caravan as an example with a laden weight of 550 kg is a perfect match.

Weight

weight ratio
towball limit
stability

Flat roads

speed
acceleration
6th gear

Mountains

speed
hill starts
driving

33%

550 kg 1665 kg
50 kg


Score 16.1


24%

Good

  • Car is relatively heavy compared to caravan
  • Higher speeds are safely possible
  • Hill starts
  • More flexibility in payload

Bad

  • No salient features


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Verdict

The BMW 218i Gran Tourer aut. and the Caravan as an example of a laden weight of 550 kg is an excellent combination for all journeys on all kinds of roads.

Weight

The chance of snaking is small even at higher speeds.

Flat roads

The performances of the engine of this outfit are in general very good. Under most conditions on motorways it is possible to drive with 60 mph in the 6th gear, by giving the engine plenty of throttle. In that case the engine runs approximately 2300 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 5th gear with 50 mph and even full throttle with 53 mph but maybe the engine is running better by somewhat more revs in the 4th gear). In the 4th gear the top speed is 71 mph (4418 rpm). Hill starts are possible on steep slopes, theoretical up to 26%, if the wheels have sufficient traction. While driving the engine has enough power to drive on every normal road.

Results

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Weight
Towing limit
1500 kg
Weight ratio
33%
(laden Caravan / laden Car)
(550 kg / 1665 kg)
Noseweight
Towball limit
75 kg
Advise
50 kg
Stability
Score at optimal noseweight
16.1
Infuence pay load
10%
Flat roads
Top speed
85 mph (4th gear)
At headwind
79 mph
Speed in practice
76 mph (5th gear)
Acceleration
0 - 60 mph
16.6 sec. - (max. 12.8 sec.)
30 - 60 mph
12 sec. - (max. 8.5 sec.)
50 - 60 mph
4th gear: 5.7 sec. (max. 3.6 sec.)
Power at 60 mph
Highest (7th) gear
of limited use (1844 rpm, 95% gas)
Gears in practice
6th gear
5th gear
Revs at 60 mph
2271
2875
Percentage between accelerator
77% - 87%
61% - 68%
Power needed at 60 mph 1488 N
over: 578 N
over: 1084 N
Motorway inclines 1:20
Speed (maximum)
71 mph
In the
4th gear
Revs
4418
Acceleration 30 - 50 mph
9.6 sec. - (max. 7.1 sec.)
Normaly at 50 mph in the
5th gear
4th gear
By revs
2396
3101
Percentage accelerator
94%
73%
Hill starts
Maximum incline
21.9% - 27.8%
Minimum speed (whereby power)
4 mph - (6 mph)
Mountain roads
Maximum slope driving
42.2%
Maximum speed on 1:8
53 mph in the 3th gear

 

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Car
BMW 218i Gran Tourer aut.
Year
March 2018 - up to now
Power
kW (140 bhp) at rpm
Torque
Nm at - rpm
Kerbweight
kg user payload kg
Tyres
/ R
Gearbox
automatic with 7 gears without torque converter
Towing limit
kg (towball limit kg)
Caravan
Caravan as an example
Empty weight
kg Payload kg
MTPLM
kg
Height:
m. (8'5")
Overall width:
m. (7'7")
Overall body lenght:
m. (16'9")
Shipping length:
m. (20'10")
Actual gross train weight
2215 kg
Stated vehicle gross train weight
kg

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