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The Ford Focus 1.5 EcoBlue 120 aut. and the Caravan as an example with a laden weight of 1300 kg is a fairly good match.

Weight

weight ratio
towball limit
stability

Flat roads

speed
acceleration
7th gear

Mountains

speed
hill starts
driving

84%

1300 kg 1544 kg
75 kg


Score 6.3


44%

Good

  • Hill starts
  • Higher revs uphill not necessary

Bad

  • Usability highest gear
  • Good payload is essential


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Verdict

The Ford Focus 1.5 EcoBlue 120 aut. and the Caravan as an example of a laden weight of 1300 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 7th gear, by giving the engine plenty of throttle. In that case the engine runs approximately 1900 rpm. 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 2500 rpm (witch is maybe more noisily than usually accustomed). For example, in a headwind or a crossover, downshift to the 6th gear. The engine runs approximately 2500 rpm (witch is maybe more noisily than usually accustomed).

Mountains

On most motorways inclines (1:20) it is barely possible to drive in the 6th gear with 50 mph up hill but maybe the engine is running better by somewhat more revs in the 5th gear). In the 5th gear the top speed is 58 mph (3572 rpm). Hill starts are possible on steep slopes, theoretical up to 45%, if the wheels have sufficient traction. Because the car does not have enough power at low revs, we recommend a gradient of more than 35% 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
1400 kg
Weight ratio
84%
(laden Caravan / laden Car)
(1300 kg / 1544 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 (6th gear)
At headwind
70 mph
Speed in practice
68 mph (6th gear)
Acceleration
0 - 60 mph
13 sec. - (max. 20.4 sec.)
30 - 60 mph
6.4 sec. - (max. 14.7 sec.)
50 - 60 mph
3th gear: 7.2 sec. (max. 6.7 sec.)
Power at 60 mph
Highest (8th) gear
unusable
Gears in practice
7th gear
6th gear
Revs at 60 mph
1885
2523
Percentage between accelerator
79% - 90%
60% - 68%
Power needed at 60 mph 1736 N
over: 600 N
over: 1326 N
Motorway inclines 1:20
Speed (maximum)
53 mph - (58 mph)
In the
6th gear - (5th gear)
Revs
2234 - (3572)
Acceleration 30 - 50 mph
11.5 sec. - (max. 13.8 sec.)
Normaly at 50 mph in the
6th gear
5th gear
By revs
2103
3040
Percentage accelerator
96%
72%
By full throttle
Hill starts
Maximum incline
42.5% - 46%
Minimum speed (whereby power)
5 mph - (9 mph)
Mountain roads
Maximum slope driving
42.1%
Maximum speed on 1:8
40 mph in the 4th gear

 

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Car
Ford Focus 1.5 EcoBlue 120 aut.
Year
May 2018 - up to now
Power
kW (120 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
2844 kg
Stated vehicle gross train weight
kg

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