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The Volvo V90 Classic 3.0 24v aut. and the Caravan as an example with a laden weight of 1470 kg is a fairly good match.

Weight

weight ratio
towball limit
stability

Flat roads

speed
acceleration
4th gear

Mountains

speed
hill starts
driving

79%

1470 kg 1859 kg
80 kg


Score 6.8


15%

The stability score is calculated with a noseweight of 80 kg. That is 5 kg more than the towball limit of the car!

Good

  • No salient features

Bad

  • Towball limit is a bit too low (5 kg)
  • Best pulling power at high revs


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Verdict

The Volvo V90 Classic 3.0 24v aut. and the Caravan as an example of a laden weight of 1470 kg is a good combination for journeys on most kinds of roads, sometimes with some limitations in the mountains.

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 fairly good. Under favourable conditions on motorways it is possible to drive with 60 mph in the 4th gear, by giving the engine plenty of throttle. In that case the engine runs approximately 2300 rpm. For example, in a headwind or a crossover, downshift to the 3th gear. The engine runs approximately 3100 rpm (witch is maybe more noisily than usually accustomed).

Mountains

On most motorways inclines (1:20) driving is easily possible in the 2th gear with 50 mph and even full throttle with 68 mph. Hill starts are possible on steep slopes up to 21%. Because the car does not have enough power at low revs, we recommend a gradient of more than 16% 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
1800 kg
Weight ratio
79%
(laden Caravan / laden Car)
(1470 kg / 1859 kg)
Noseweight
Towball limit
75 kg
Advise
80 kg
Stability
Score at legislative - optimal noseweight
6.3 - 6.8
Infuence pay load
28%
Flat roads
Top speed
86 mph (3th gear)
At headwind
76 mph
Speed in practice
80 mph (3th gear)
Acceleration
0 - 60 mph
28.1 sec. - (max. 19.6 sec.)
30 - 60 mph
19.9 sec. - (max. 12.2 sec.)
50 - 60 mph
3th gear: 12.2 sec. (max. 5 sec.)
Power at 60 mph
Highest (4th) gear
often useful
Gears in practice
4th gear
3th gear
Revs at 60 mph
2319
3091
Percentage between accelerator
89% - n.a.%
59% - 67%
Power needed at 60 mph 1738 N
over: 289 N
over: 1272 N
Motorway inclines 1:20
Speed (maximum)
52 mph - (68 mph)
In the
2th gear
Revs
4139 - (5420)
Acceleration 30 - 50 mph
17.9 sec. - (max. 14.1 sec.)
Normaly at 50 mph in the
2th gear
By revs
3942
Percentage accelerator
66%
Hill starts
Maximum incline
17.5% - 23.4%
Minimum speed (whereby power)
7 mph - (16 mph)
Mountain roads
Maximum slope driving
12.8%
Maximum speed on 1:8
37 mph in the 1th gear

 

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Car
Volvo V90 Classic 3.0 24v aut.
Year
January 1997 - September 1998
Power
kW (180 bhp) at rpm
Torque
Nm at - rpm
Kerbweight
kg user payload kg
Tyres
/ R
Gearbox
automatic with 4 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
3329 kg
Stated vehicle gross train weight
kg

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