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The Ford Focus 1.5 EcoBlue 120 and the Caravan as an example with a laden weight of 1280 kg is a fairly good match.

Weight

weight ratio
towball limit
stability

Flat roads

speed
acceleration
5th gear

Mountains

speed
hill starts
driving

85%

1280 kg 1513 kg
75 kg


Score 6.3


20%

Good

  • Hill starts
  • Higher revs uphill not necessary

Bad

  • Good payload is essential


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Verdict

The Ford Focus 1.5 EcoBlue 120 and the Caravan as an example of a laden weight of 1280 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 more than sufficient. 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) it is barely possible to drive in the 4th gear with 50 mph up hill but maybe the engine is running better by somewhat more revs in the 3th gear). In the 3th gear the top speed is 59 mph (3379 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
1400 kg
Weight ratio
85%
(laden Caravan / laden Car)
(1280 kg / 1513 kg)
Noseweight
Towball limit
90 kg
Advise
75 kg
Stability
Score at optimal noseweight
6.3
Infuence pay load
40%
Flat roads
Top speed
76 mph (4th gear)
At headwind
69 mph
Speed in practice
69 mph (4th gear)
Acceleration
0 - 60 mph
25.3 sec. - (max. 20.3 sec.)
30 - 60 mph
19.2 sec. - (max. 14.7 sec.)
50 - 60 mph
4th gear: 10 sec. (max. 6.9 sec.)
Power at 60 mph
Highest (6th) gear
of limited use (1655 rpm, 96% gas)
Gears in practice
5th gear
4th gear
Revs at 60 mph
1974
2483
Percentage between accelerator
75% - 85%
60% - 68%
Power needed at 60 mph 1729 N
over: 709 N
over: 1290 N
Motorway inclines 1:20
Speed (maximum)
52 mph - (59 mph)
In the
4th gear - (3th gear)
Revs
2173 - (3379)
Acceleration 30 - 50 mph
17.7 sec. - (max. 14.9 sec.)
Normaly at 50 mph in the
4th gear
3th gear
By revs
2069
2845
Percentage accelerator
96%
73%
By full throttle
Hill starts
Maximum incline
19.2% - 21.2%
Minimum speed (whereby power)
6 mph - (9 mph)
Mountain roads
Maximum slope driving
38.8%
Maximum speed on 1:8
39 mph in the 2th gear

 

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Car
Ford Focus 1.5 EcoBlue 120
Year
May 2018 - up to now
Power
kW (120 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
2793 kg
Stated vehicle gross train weight
kg

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