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The Vauxhall Astra 2.0 CDTi and the Sterling Eccles Opal with a laden weight of 1493 kg is a moderate match, only for experienced (caravan) drivers.

Weight

weight ratio
towball limit
stability

Flat roads

speed
acceleration
5th gear

Mountains

speed
hill starts
driving

86%

1493 kg 1731 kg
80 kg


Score 4.9


22%

Good

  • Hill starts

Bad

  • Good payload is essential


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Verdict

The Vauxhall Astra 2.0 CDTi and the Sterling Eccles Opal of a laden weight of 1493 kg is a combination just suitable for most journeys but also with some limitations.

Weight

The risk of snaking at higher speeds, strong side winds and thoughtless driving exist. Even if the combination normally feels stable, the forces by deflection side to side are so great that it could be dangerous. Only if the driver has knowledge of and experience in driving a caravan it should be safe to drive. Proper and careful loading is essential! An electronic stability system in the car and / or on the caravan is recommended.

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 5th gear. Faster is certainly not advisable! In that case the engine runs approximately 2000 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 61 mph but maybe the engine is running better by somewhat more revs in the 3th gear). In the 3th gear the top speed is 67 mph (3982 rpm). Hill starts are possible on steep slopes up to 22%. While driving the engine has enough power to drive on every normal road.

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
1500 kg
Weight ratio
86%
(laden Caravan / laden Car)
(1493 kg / 1731 kg)
Noseweight
Towball limit
n.a.
Advise
80 kg
Stability
Score at optimal noseweight
4.9
Infuence pay load
53%
Flat roads
Top speed
85 mph (4th gear)
At headwind
79 mph
Speed in practice
76 mph (5th gear)
Acceleration
0 - 60 mph
20.7 sec. - (max. 16.8 sec.)
30 - 60 mph
15 sec. - (max. 11.6 sec.)
50 - 60 mph
4th gear: 8 sec. (max. 5.1 sec.)
Power at 60 mph
Highest (6th) gear
of limited use (1669 rpm, 80% gas)
Gears in practice
5th gear
4th gear
Revs at 60 mph
2020
2556
Percentage between accelerator
62% - 71%
49% - 56%
Power needed at 60 mph 1701 N
over: 1164 N
over: 1878 N
Motorway inclines 1:20
Speed (maximum)
61 mph - (67 mph)
In the
4th gear - (3th gear)
Revs
2636 - (3982)
Acceleration 30 - 50 mph
13.9 sec. - (max. 10.7 sec.)
Normaly at 50 mph in the
4th gear
3th gear
By revs
2130
2949
Percentage accelerator
86%
63%
By full throttle
Hill starts
Maximum incline
20.6% - 22.8%
Minimum speed (whereby power)
6 mph - (9 mph)
Mountain roads
Maximum slope driving
41.2%
Maximum speed on 1:8
43 mph in the 2th gear

 

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Details combination

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Car
Vauxhall Astra 2.0 CDTi
Year
December 2009 - November 2015
Power
kW (160 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
Sterling Eccles Opal
MIRO
kg Payload kg
MTPLM
kg
Height:
m. (8'6")
Overall width:
m. (7'4")
Overall body lenght:
m. (19'1")
Shipping length:
m. (23'2")
Actual gross train weight
3224 kg
Stated vehicle gross train weight
kg

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Reviews

The Vauxhall towing a Sterling Eccles Opal (1493) kg reviewed by Edward Barrett:

It's a Sterling Sheraton 520 so 1300kg max but that wasn't an option to pick. Car and caravan are great 52mpg on a long run solo and 30mpg towing. Tows superbly loads of power even fully loaded up hills etc in the lake district. Just keep it in 5th on the motorway due to the car being so highly geared. But solo at 60 I'd stay in 5th anyway. Best keep the nose weight up as helps loads. I suspect the car weight more than the 1.4 ton on paper as it tows so well. I would personally tow a heavier caravan. Pulls caravan away even fully loaded on a hill is fine. Only time I've ever smelt the clutch was a very slow pushing the caravan into place backwards up a hill. Car has a max weight of 2050kg and max train weight of 2650 (from memory) so you can tow a caravan upto 1450 kg on a b licence which is handy.

The Vauxhall towing a Xplore 554 (1335) kg reviewed by Alan Worthington:

Caravan dealer did towmatch on this unit said it was over 100% match and unsuiitable. Told him data was all wrongas put car on weighbridge at1600 kg unladen. Proceeded to buy towed perfectly. Picked up when storm doris blowing away. No stability or power problems

The Vauxhall towing a Lunar Quasar 524 (1350) kg reviewed by alan:

i tow a quasar 524, and find it a match perfect