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The Ford Kuga II - 2.0 TDCi [AWD] and the Bessacarr Cameo 495 with a laden weight of 1500 kg is a fairly good match.

Weight

weight ratio
towball limit
stability

Flat roads

speed
acceleration
6th gear

Mountains

speed
hill starts
driving

80%

1500 kg 1867 kg
80 kg


Score 5.9


22%

Good

  • Hill starts
  • Usability highest gear

Bad

  • Good payload is essential
  • Higher revs uphill sometimes necessary


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Verdict

The Ford Kuga II - 2.0 TDCi [AWD] and the Bessacarr Cameo 495 of a laden weight of 1500 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 1900 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 68 mph. Hill starts are possible on steep slopes up to 23%. Because the car does not have enough power at low revs, we recommend a gradient of more than 22% 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
2100 kg
Weight ratio
80%
(laden Caravan / laden Car)
(1500 kg / 1867 kg)
Noseweight
Towball limit
85 kg
Advise
80 kg
Stability
Score at optimal noseweight
5.9
Infuence pay load
37%
Flat roads
Top speed
87 mph (5th gear)
At headwind
79 mph
Speed in practice
77 mph (5th gear)
Acceleration
0 - 60 mph
22.3 sec. - (max. 18.4 sec.)
30 - 60 mph
15.6 sec. - (max. 13.1 sec.)
50 - 60 mph
4th gear: 6.5 sec. (max. 6.4 sec.)
Power at 60 mph
Highest (6th) gear
often useful
Gears in practice
6th gear
5th gear
Revs at 60 mph
1943
2321
Percentage between accelerator
67% - 77%
53% - 61%
Power needed at 60 mph 1628 N
over: 828 N
over: 1531 N
Motorway inclines 1:20
Speed (maximum)
60 mph - (68 mph)
In the
4th gear
Revs
2990 - (3426)
Acceleration 30 - 50 mph
19.5 sec. - (max. 10.9 sec.)
Normaly at 50 mph in the
4th gear
By revs
2491
Percentage accelerator
77%
Hill starts
Maximum incline
21.3% - 23.6%
Minimum speed (whereby power)
5 mph - (9 mph)
Mountain roads
Maximum slope driving
42.3%
Maximum speed on 1:8
47 mph in the 3th gear

 

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Details combination

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Car
Ford Kuga II - 2.0 TDCi [AWD]
Year
January 2013 - October 2014
Power
kW (163 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
Bessacarr Cameo 495
MIRO
kg Payload kg
MTPLM
kg
Height:
m. (8'7")
Overall width:
m. (7'4")
Overall body lenght:
m. (19'1")
Shipping length:
m. (23'2")
Actual gross train weight
3367 kg
Stated vehicle gross train weight
kg

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Reviews

The Ford towing a Bessacarr Cameo 495 (1500) kg reviewed by Andy Shelton :

Did 1400 miles on touring holiday this year 1000 with caravan on up hill and down dale , our caravan weighs in at 1490kg laden .The Kuga was superb averaged 35.4 overall ,,would sit all day in 6th gear on motorway.Very clad I opted for the kuga as I got a great spec tow car for my money .

The Ford towing a Sterling Elite Onyx (1453) kg reviewed by chris whitehead:

had a mondeo before this which was adequate but this Kuga is a proper tower. No probs at all towing, not as bouncy a ride either. 29mpg when towing, 50mph when not (providing you drive like a pensioner). Bit of wind noise at speed when not towing but its bearable.