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The BMW 120d xDrive and the Caravan as an example with a laden weight of 1400 kg is a fairly good match.

Weight

weight ratio
towball limit
stability

Flat roads

speed
acceleration
6th gear

Mountains

speed
hill starts
driving

80%

1400 kg 1740 kg
75 kg


Score 6.4


55%

Good

  • Speed on motorways
  • Hill starts

Bad

  • Good payload is essential


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Verdict

The BMW 120d xDrive and the Caravan as an example of a laden weight of 1400 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 very good. Under all conditions on motorways it is possible to drive with 60 mph in the 6th gear. In that case the engine runs approximately 2200 rpm, this gives maybe more noise 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) driving is easily possible in the 6th gear with 50 mph and even full throttle with 61 mph but maybe the engine is running better by somewhat more revs in the 5th gear). In the 4th gear the top speed is 73 mph (4053 rpm). Hill starts are possible on steep slopes, theoretical up to 56%, if the wheels have sufficient traction. Because the car does not have enough power at low revs, we recommend a gradient of more than 45% 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!


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Weight
Towing limit
1500 kg
Weight ratio
80%
(laden Caravan / laden Car)
(1400 kg / 1740 kg)
Noseweight
Towball limit
75 kg
Advise
75 kg
Stability
Score at optimal noseweight
6.4
Infuence pay load
36%
Flat roads
Top speed
90 mph (5th gear)
At headwind
84 mph
Speed in practice
86 mph (6th gear)
Acceleration
0 - 60 mph
16 sec. - (max. 13.9 sec.)
30 - 60 mph
10.8 sec. - (max. 9.6 sec.)
50 - 60 mph
4th gear: 4.3 sec. (max. 4.5 sec.)
Power at 60 mph
Highest (8th) gear
of limited use (1488 rpm, 85% gas)
Gears in practice
6th gear
5th gear
Revs at 60 mph
2210
2730
Percentage between accelerator
50% - 57%
41% - 46%
Power needed at 60 mph 1710 N
over: 1835 N
over: 2627 N
Motorway inclines 1:20
Speed (maximum)
70 mph - (73 mph)
In the
5th gear - (4th gear)
Revs
3213 - (4053)
Acceleration 30 - 50 mph
9.7 sec. - (max. 7.4 sec.)
Normaly at 50 mph in the
6th gear
5th gear
By revs
1842
2275
Percentage accelerator
86%
70%
By full throttle
Hill starts
Maximum incline
53.4% - 57.7%
Minimum speed (whereby power)
5 mph - (8 mph)
Mountain roads
Maximum slope driving
53.3%
Maximum speed on 1:8
53 mph in the 3th gear

 

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Car
BMW 120d xDrive
Year
July 2019 - up to now
Power
kW (190 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
3140 kg
Stated vehicle gross train weight
kg

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