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The Mercedes-Benz E 220 CDI aut. and the Lunar Clubman SI with a laden weight of 1470 kg is a fairly good match.

Weight

weight ratio
towball limit
stability

Flat roads

speed
acceleration
5th gear

Mountains

speed
hill starts
driving

77%

1470 kg 1910 kg
80 kg


Score 6.4


36%

Good

  • Hill starts
  • Higher revs uphill not necessary

Bad

  • No salient features


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Verdict

The Mercedes-Benz E 220 CDI aut. and the Lunar Clubman SI of a laden weight of 1470 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 5th gear. In that case the engine runs approximately 2000 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 4th gear with 50 mph and even full throttle with 70 mph. Hill starts are possible on steep slopes, theoretical up to 37%, if the wheels have sufficient traction. Because the car does not have enough power at low revs, we recommend a gradient of more than 32% 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
1900 kg
Weight ratio
77%
(laden Caravan / laden Car)
(1470 kg / 1910 kg)
Noseweight
Towball limit
n.a.
Advise
80 kg
Stability
Score at optimal noseweight
6.4
Infuence pay load
33%
Flat roads
Top speed
85 mph (4th gear)
At headwind
81 mph
Speed in practice
78 mph (5th gear)
Acceleration
0 - 60 mph
17.9 sec. - (max. 15.2 sec.)
30 - 60 mph
12.6 sec. - (max. 10.6 sec.)
50 - 60 mph
4th gear: 6.3 sec. (max. 4.3 sec.)
Power at 60 mph
Highest (7th) gear
of limited use (1452 rpm, 83% gas)
Gears in practice
5th gear
4th gear
Revs at 60 mph
1989
2725
Percentage between accelerator
60% - 68%
44% - 50%
Power needed at 60 mph 1857 N
over: 1364 N
over: 2486 N
Motorway inclines 1:20
Speed (maximum)
70 mph
In the
4th gear
Revs
3179
Acceleration 30 - 50 mph
9.9 sec. - (max. 8.8 sec.)
Normaly at 50 mph in the
4th gear
By revs
2271
Percentage accelerator
76%
Hill starts
Maximum incline
34.9% - 37.7%
Minimum speed (whereby power)
7 mph - (10 mph)
Mountain roads
Maximum slope driving
34.8%
Maximum speed on 1:8
49 mph in the 3th gear

 

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Details combination

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Car
Mercedes-Benz E 220 CDI aut.
Year
February 2013 - 2016
Power
kW (170 bhp) at rpm
Torque
Nm at - rpm
Kerbweight
kg user payload kg
Tyres
/ R
Gearbox
automatic with 7 gears and torque converter
Towing limit
kg (towball limit kg)
Caravan
Lunar Clubman SI
MIRO
kg Payload kg
MTPLM
kg
Height:
m. (8'6")
Overall width:
m. (7'8")
Overall body lenght:
m. (20'1")
Shipping length:
m. (24'1")
Actual gross train weight
3380 kg
Stated vehicle gross train weight
kg

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Reviews

The Mercedes-Benz towing a Lunar Clubman SI (1470) kg reviewed by Mike S:

Changing from a Volvo XC90 to a saloon car I was very apprehensive but ended up being extremely pleased with the performance of the Mercedes.

Most important lessons learnt were,
1. Ensure tyre pressures of the Mercedes are inflated to manufactures recommended
2. Place awning in boot rather than in the 'van.

Tyre pressures are critical to stability and as the nose weight of caravan is quite high, loading to rear of van causes instability, the additional weight of the awning certainly made the van - slightly - sway when a large truck overtakes.

Power of the Mercedes is amazing, you can very quickly find you are exceeding the towing speed limits! Consumption is equally pleasing; over 8000 mile this year a total mpg is 47.9mpg. Towing averages 32mpg.

Very happy with the towing ability of the Mercedes but, in hindsight, think I should of selected the estate version for its carrying capability.

The Mercedes is an extremely comfortable and surprisingly economical car with the benefit of carrying a spare, albeit 'skinny', tyre and annual tax of £30. If you don't want an SUV than the Mercedes E220 cdi is an excellent option