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The Kia Sportage III - 2.0 CRDI aut. [AWD] and the Coachman Amara 535/4 with a laden weight of 1480 kg is a fairly good match.

Weight

weight ratio
towball limit
stability

Flat roads

speed
acceleration
5th gear

Mountains

speed
hill starts
driving

80%

1480 kg 1851 kg
80 kg


Score 5.8


39%

Good

  • Hill starts
  • Usability highest gear

Bad

  • Good payload is essential

Verdict

The Kia Sportage III - 2.0 CRDI aut. [AWD] and the Coachman Amara 535/4 of a laden weight of 1480 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, by giving the engine just a bit of throttle. 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 5th gear with 50 mph and even full throttle with 59 mph but maybe the engine is running better by somewhat more revs in the 4th gear). In the 4th gear the top speed is 73 mph (3762 rpm). Hill starts are possible on steep slopes, theoretical up to 40%, if the wheels have sufficient traction. Because the car does not have enough power at low revs, we recommend a gradient of more than 31% 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

The main details in a list. Ideal for comparing different combinations with one another, for example your present with a new one.

Weight
Towing limit
1600 kg
Weight ratio
80%
(laden Caravan / laden Car)
(1480 kg / 1851 kg)
Noseweight
Towball limit
80 kg
Advise
80 kg
Stability
Score at optimal noseweight
5.8
Infuence pay load
38%
Flat roads
Top speed
90 mph (5th gear)
At headwind
82 mph
Speed in practice
86 mph (5th gear)
Acceleration
0 - 60 mph
17.6 sec. - (max. 14.9 sec.)
30 - 60 mph
12.2 sec. - (max. 9.8 sec.)
50 - 60 mph
4th gear: 5.1 sec. (max. 4.2 sec.)
Power at 60 mph
Highest (6th) gear
of limited use (1720 rpm, 68% gas)
Gears in practice
5th gear
4th gear
Revs at 60 mph
2228
3087
Percentage between accelerator
49% - 56%
37% - 42%
Power needed at 60 mph 1659 N
over: 1821 N
over: 3046 N
Motorway inclines 1:20
Speed (maximum)
62 mph - (73 mph)
In the
4th gear
Revs
3216 - (3762)
Acceleration 30 - 50 mph
11.4 sec. - (max. 8.4 sec.)
Normaly at 50 mph in the
5th gear
4th gear
By revs
1856
2573
Percentage accelerator
90%
65%
Hill starts
Maximum incline
37.8% - 40.9%
Minimum speed (whereby power)
6 mph - (11 mph)
Mountain roads
Maximum slope driving
37.8%
Maximum speed on 1:8
51 mph in the 3th gear

 

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Details combination

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Car
Kia Sportage III - 2.0 CRDI aut. [AWD]
Year
October 2013 - December 2015
Power
kW (184 bhp) at rpm
Torque
Nm at - rpm
Kerbweight
kg user payload kg
Tyres
/ R
Gearbox
automatic with 6 gears and torque converter
Towing limit
kg (towball limit kg)
Caravan
Coachman Amara 535/4
MIRO
kg Payload kg
MTPLM
kg
Height:
m. (8'7")
Overall width:
m. (7'5")
Overall body lenght:
m. (19'9")
Shipping length:
m. (23'8")
Actual gross train weight
3331 kg
Stated vehicle gross train weight
kg

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Reviews

The Kia towing a Coachman Amara 535/4 (1480) kg reviewed by Terry Bennett:

traaded in sorento for the sportage kx4 superb car tows my coachman with no effort

The Kia towing a Swift Challenger SE 565 (1553) kg reviewed by Chris:

I found the combination to be ideal, no bother with side winds etc however to achieve that carefull loading of the van is required to keep the nosewheight manageable. Once on the road performance is excellent and after a while you don't know the van is there hill starts are effortless with more than ample power on tap.


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