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The BMW 318d and the Caravan as an example with a laden weight of 1360 kg is a fairly good match.

Weight

weight ratio
towball limit
stability

Flat roads

speed
acceleration
5th gear

Mountains

speed
hill starts
driving

82%

1360 kg 1655 kg
75 kg


Score 6.3


19%

Good

  • Hill starts

Bad

  • Good payload is essential


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Verdict

The BMW 318d and the Caravan as an example of a laden weight of 1360 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 most conditions on motorways it is possible to drive with 60 mph in the 5th gear. In that case the engine runs approximately 2000 rpm. 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 4th gear with 50 mph and even full throttle with 57 mph. In the 3th gear the top speed is 65 mph (3890 rpm). Hill starts are possible on steep slopes up to 20%. While driving the engine has enough power to drive on every normal road.

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
1600 kg
Weight ratio
82%
(laden Caravan / laden Car)
(1360 kg / 1655 kg)
Noseweight
Towball limit
75 kg
Advise
75 kg
Stability
Score at optimal noseweight
6.3
Infuence pay load
37%
Flat roads
Top speed
82 mph (4th gear)
At headwind
75 mph
Speed in practice
73 mph (4th gear)
Acceleration
0 - 60 mph
21.7 sec. - (max. 17.2 sec.)
30 - 60 mph
15.9 sec. - (max. 11.9 sec.)
50 - 60 mph
4th gear: 8.7 sec. (max. 5.3 sec.)
Power at 60 mph
Highest (6th) gear
of limited use (1678 rpm, 85% gas)
Gears in practice
5th gear
4th gear
Revs at 60 mph
2032
2602
Percentage between accelerator
70% - 79%
55% - 62%
Power needed at 60 mph 1762 N
over: 899 N
over: 1594 N
Motorway inclines 1:20
Speed (maximum)
57 mph - (65 mph)
In the
4th gear - (3th gear)
Revs
2494 - (3890)
Acceleration 30 - 50 mph
14.2 sec. - (max. 10.9 sec.)
Normaly at 50 mph in the
4th gear
By revs
2168
Percentage accelerator
90%
By full throttle
Hill starts
Maximum incline
18.3% - 20.3%
Minimum speed (whereby power)
6 mph - (9 mph)
Mountain roads
Maximum slope driving
37.4%
Maximum speed on 1:8
44 mph in the 2th gear

 

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Details combination

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Car
BMW 318d
Year
July 2015 - 2018
Power
kW (150 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
3015 kg
Stated vehicle gross train weight
kg

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