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The Volkswagen Golf 1.5 TSI and the Caravan as an example with a laden weight of 1230 kg is a fairly good match.

Weight

weight ratio
towball limit
stability

Flat roads

speed
acceleration
5th gear

Mountains

speed
hill starts
driving

86%

1230 kg 1430 kg
70 kg


Score 5.8


14%

Good

  • No salient features

Bad

  • Good payload is essential


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Verdict

The Volkswagen Golf 1.5 TSI and the Caravan as an example of a laden weight of 1230 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 fairly good. Under favourable conditions on motorways it is possible to drive with 60 mph in the 5th gear, by giving the engine plenty of throttle. In that case the engine runs approximately 2600 rpm. For example, in a headwind or a crossover, downshift to the 4th gear. The engine runs approximately 3300 rpm (witch is maybe more noisily than usually accustomed).

Mountains

On most motorways inclines (1:20) driving is easily possible in the 3th gear with 50 mph and even full throttle with 65 mph. Hill starts are possible even on steep slopes up to 15%, if the front wheels have sufficient traction. While driving the engine has enough power on slopes of 28% 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
1400 kg
Weight ratio
86%
(laden Caravan / laden Car)
(1230 kg / 1430 kg)
Noseweight
Towball limit
80 kg
Advise
70 kg
Stability
Score at optimal noseweight
5.8
Infuence pay load
53%
Flat roads
Top speed
80 mph (3th gear)
At headwind
75 mph
Speed in practice
74 mph (4th gear)
Acceleration
0 - 60 mph
20.7 sec. - (max. 17.5 sec.)
30 - 60 mph
14.6 sec. - (max. 12.5 sec.)
50 - 60 mph
3th gear: 6.7 sec. (max. 6 sec.)
Power at 60 mph
Highest (6th) gear
unusable
Gears in practice
5th gear
4th gear
Revs at 60 mph
2626
3285
Percentage between accelerator
80% - 91%
64% - 73%
Power needed at 60 mph 1638 N
over: 539 N
over: 1041 N
Motorway inclines 1:20
Speed (maximum)
65 mph
In the
3th gear
Revs
4685
Acceleration 30 - 50 mph
16.8 sec. - (max. 9.8 sec.)
Normaly at 50 mph in the
3th gear
By revs
3604
Percentage accelerator
79%
Hill starts
Maximum incline
12.4% - 16.4%
Minimum speed (whereby power)
5 mph - (7 mph)
Mountain roads
Maximum slope driving
27.5%
Maximum speed on 1:8
45 mph in the 2th gear

 

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Car
Volkswagen Golf 1.5 TSI
Year
June 2017 - up to now
Power
kW (131 bhp) at rpm
Torque
Nm at - rpm
Kerbweight
kg user payload kg
Tyres
/ R
Gearbox
manual with 6 gears
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
2660 kg
Stated vehicle gross train weight
kg

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