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The BMW 320i xDrive 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
7th gear

Mountains

speed
hill starts
driving

31%

550 kg 1790 kg
50 kg


Score 16.5


50%

Good

  • Car is relatively heavy compared to caravan
  • Higher speeds are safely possible
  • Speed on motorways
  • Hill starts
  • More flexibility in payload
  • Higher revs uphill not necessary

Bad

  • No salient features


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Verdict

The BMW 320i xDrive 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 favourable conditions on motorways it is possible to drive with 60 mph in the 7th gear, by giving the engine plenty of throttle. In that case the engine runs approximately 1800 rpm, this gives maybe more noise than usually accustomed Maybe the engine is not running smoothly at low revs so it is better to shiftdown to the 6th gear, the engine runs in that case 2200 rpm (witch is maybe more noisily than usually accustomed). In a headwind or for example on a crossover there is no need to downshift immediately.

Mountains

On most motorways inclines (1:20) it is barely possible to drive in the 6th gear with 50 mph up hill but maybe the engine is running better by somewhat more revs in the 5th gear). In the 4th gear the top speed is 80 mph (5194 rpm). Hill starts are possible on steep slopes, theoretical up to 52%, if the wheels have sufficient traction. Because the car does not have enough power at low revs, we recommend a gradient of more than 46% 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
1800 kg
Weight ratio
31%
(laden Caravan / laden Car)
(550 kg / 1790 kg)
Noseweight
Towball limit
75 kg
Advise
50 kg
Stability
Score at optimal noseweight
16.5
Infuence pay load
9%
Flat roads
Top speed
91 mph (5th gear)
At headwind
86 mph
Speed in practice
87 mph (5th gear)
Acceleration
0 - 60 mph
11.6 sec. - (max. 10.1 sec.)
30 - 60 mph
7.7 sec. - (max. 6.9 sec.)
50 - 60 mph
4th gear: 3.7 sec. (max. 2.7 sec.)
Power at 60 mph
Highest (8th) gear
unusable
Gears in practice
7th gear
6th gear
Revs at 60 mph
1843
2247
Percentage between accelerator
78% - 87%
64% - 72%
Power needed at 60 mph 1661 N
over: 628 N
over: 1090 N
Motorway inclines 1:20
Speed (maximum)
74 mph - (80 mph)
In the
4th gear
Revs
4792 - (5194)
Acceleration 30 - 50 mph
6 sec. - (max. 5.7 sec.)
Normaly at 50 mph in the
6th gear
5th gear
By revs
1873
2472
Percentage accelerator
96%
72%
Hill starts
Maximum incline
46.3% - 56.1%
Minimum speed (whereby power)
5 mph - (7 mph)
Mountain roads
Maximum slope driving
46.1%
Maximum speed on 1:8
63 mph in the 3th gear

 

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Car
BMW 320i xDrive
Year
January 2019 - up to now
Power
kW (184 bhp) at rpm
Torque
Nm at - rpm
Kerbweight
kg user payload kg
Tyres
/ R
Gearbox
automatic with 8 gears and 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
2340 kg
Stated vehicle gross train weight
kg

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