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The BMW 520d Touring aut. and the Caravan as an example with a laden weight of 1490 kg is a fairly good match.

Weight

weight ratio
towball limit
stability

Flat roads

speed
acceleration
6th gear

Mountains

speed
hill starts
driving

79%

1490 kg 1885 kg
80 kg


Score 6.7


47%

Good

  • Speed on motorways
  • Hill starts
  • Higher revs uphill not necessary

Bad

  • No salient features


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Verdict

The BMW 520d Touring aut. and the Caravan as an example of a laden weight of 1490 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 2300 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 6th gear with 50 mph and even full throttle with 60 mph but maybe the engine is running better by somewhat more revs in the 5th gear). In the 5th gear the top speed is 73 mph (3614 rpm). Hill starts are possible on steep slopes, theoretical up to 48%, if the wheels have sufficient traction. Because the car does not have enough power at low revs, we recommend a gradient of more than 37% 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
2000 kg
Weight ratio
79%
(laden Caravan / laden Car)
(1490 kg / 1885 kg)
Noseweight
Towball limit
90 kg
Advise
80 kg
Stability
Score at optimal noseweight
6.7
Infuence pay load
29%
Flat roads
Top speed
89 mph (6th gear)
At headwind
83 mph
Speed in practice
84 mph (6th gear)
Acceleration
0 - 60 mph
17.2 sec. - (max. 14.7 sec.)
30 - 60 mph
11.6 sec. - (max. 10.1 sec.)
50 - 60 mph
4th gear: 4.2 sec. (max. 4.7 sec.)
Power at 60 mph
Highest (8th) gear
of limited use (1449 rpm, 91% gas)
Gears in practice
6th gear
5th gear
Revs at 60 mph
2263
2965
Percentage between accelerator
50% - 57%
39% - 44%
Power needed at 60 mph 1745 N
over: 1874 N
over: 2917 N
Motorway inclines 1:20
Speed (maximum)
65 mph - (73 mph)
In the
5th gear
Revs
3212 - (3614)
Acceleration 30 - 50 mph
9.9 sec. - (max. 8 sec.)
Normaly at 50 mph in the
6th gear
5th gear
By revs
1886
2471
Percentage accelerator
89%
68%
Hill starts
Maximum incline
45.8% - 49.5%
Minimum speed (whereby power)
5 mph - (9 mph)
Mountain roads
Maximum slope driving
45.7%
Maximum speed on 1:8
50 mph in the 3th gear

 

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Car
BMW 520d Touring aut.
Year
March 2017 - up to now
Power
kW (190 bhp) at rpm
Torque
Nm at - rpm
Kerbweight
kg user payload kg
Tyres
/ R
Gearbox
automatic with 8 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
3375 kg
Stated vehicle gross train weight
kg

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