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The BMW 125d aut. and the Caravan as an example with a laden weight of 1350 kg is a fairly good match.

Weight

weight ratio
towball limit
stability

Flat roads

speed
acceleration
7th gear

Mountains

speed
hill starts
driving

82%

1350 kg 1650 kg
75 kg


Score 6.4


58%

Good

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

Bad

  • Good payload is essential


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Verdict

The BMW 125d aut. and the Caravan as an example of a laden weight of 1350 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 7th gear. In that case the engine runs approximately 1800 rpm, this gives maybe more noise than usually accustomed Maybe the engine is not running smoothly at low revs so it is better to shiftdown to the 6th gear, the engine runs in that case 2200 rpm (witch is maybe more noisily 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 7th gear with 50 mph and even full throttle with 57 mph but maybe the engine is running better by somewhat more revs in the 6th gear). In the 5th gear the top speed is 81 mph (3907 rpm). Hill starts are possible on steep slopes, theoretical up to 59%, if the wheels have sufficient traction. Because the car does not have enough power at low revs, we recommend a gradient of more than 51% 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!


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Weight
Towing limit
1500 kg
Weight ratio
82%
(laden Caravan / laden Car)
(1350 kg / 1650 kg)
Noseweight
Towball limit
75 kg
Advise
75 kg
Stability
Score at optimal noseweight
6.4
Infuence pay load
36%
Flat roads
Top speed
95 mph (6th gear)
At headwind
87 mph
Speed in practice
88 mph (6th gear)
Acceleration
0 - 60 mph
13.6 sec. - (max. 11.5 sec.)
30 - 60 mph
8.8 sec. - (max. 7.6 sec.)
50 - 60 mph
4th gear: 3.1 sec. (max. 3.5 sec.)
Power at 60 mph
Highest (8th) gear
of limited use (1399 rpm, 75% gas)
Gears in practice
7th gear
6th gear
Revs at 60 mph
1792
2186
Percentage between accelerator
54% - 61%
44% - 50%
Power needed at 60 mph 1689 N
over: 1560 N
over: 2235 N
Motorway inclines 1:20
Speed (maximum)
71 mph - (81 mph)
In the
6th gear - (5th gear)
Revs
2618 - (3907)
Acceleration 30 - 50 mph
6.8 sec. - (max. 5.7 sec.)
Normaly at 50 mph in the
7th gear
6th gear
By revs
1494
1821
Percentage accelerator
91%
75%
By full throttle
Hill starts
Maximum incline
56.4% - 61%
Minimum speed (whereby power)
6 mph - (9 mph)
Mountain roads
Maximum slope driving
56.3%
Maximum speed on 1:8
61 mph in the 4th gear

 

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Car
BMW 125d aut.
Year
March 2015 - 2019
Power
kW (224 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
3000 kg
Stated vehicle gross train weight
kg

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