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The Volvo XC90 B5 and the Bailey Unicorn Cadiz with a laden weight of 1490 kg is a good match.

Weight

weight ratio
towball limit
stability

Flat roads

speed
acceleration
7th gear

Mountains

speed
hill starts
driving

64%

1490 kg 2322 kg
80 kg


Score 8.4


53%

Good

  • Car is relatively heavy compared to caravan
  • Speed on motorways
  • Hill starts
  • Usability highest gear

Bad

  • No salient features


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Verdict

The Volvo XC90 B5 and the Bailey Unicorn Cadiz of a laden weight of 1490 kg is an excellent combination for all journeys on all kinds of roads.

Weight

The chance of snaking is relatively small at normal speed, if the caravan is well loaded.

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, by giving the engine just a bit 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 2400 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 6th gear with 50 mph and even full throttle with 76 mph but maybe the engine is running better by somewhat more revs in the 5th gear). In the 5th gear the top speed is 82 mph (4080 rpm). Hill starts are possible on steep slopes, theoretical up to 54%, if the wheels have sufficient traction. Because the car does not have enough power at low revs, we recommend a gradient of more than 42% 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
2700 kg
Weight ratio
64%
(laden Caravan / laden Car)
(1490 kg / 2322 kg)
Noseweight
Towball limit
110 kg
Advise
80 kg
Stability
Score at optimal noseweight
8.4
Infuence pay load
20%
Flat roads
Top speed
102 mph (6th gear)
At headwind
95 mph
Speed in practice
93 mph (7th gear)
Acceleration
0 - 60 mph
15.5 sec. - (max. 13.5 sec.)
30 - 60 mph
10.2 sec. - (max. 9.1 sec.)
50 - 60 mph
4th gear: 3.8 sec. (max. 4.2 sec.)
Power at 60 mph
Highest (8th) gear
of limited use (1554 rpm, 62% gas)
Gears in practice
7th gear
6th gear
Revs at 60 mph
1862
2351
Percentage between accelerator
47% - 54%
37% - 43%
Power needed at 60 mph 1619 N
over: 1921 N
over: 2812 N
Motorway inclines 1:20
Speed (maximum)
76 mph - (82 mph)
In the
6th gear - (5th gear)
Revs
2988 - (4080)
Acceleration 30 - 50 mph
8.9 sec. - (max. 7 sec.)
Normaly at 50 mph in the
6th gear
5th gear
By revs
1959
2473
Percentage accelerator
75%
60%
By full throttle
Hill starts
Maximum incline
51.1% - 55.3%
Minimum speed (whereby power)
5 mph - (9 mph)
Mountain roads
Maximum slope driving
50.9%
Maximum speed on 1:8
53 mph in the 4th gear

 

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Car
Volvo XC90 B5
Year
May 2019 - 2020
Power
kW (235 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
Bailey Unicorn Cadiz
MIRO
kg Payload kg
MTPLM
kg
Height:
m. (8'7")
Overall width:
m. (7'6")
Overall body lenght:
m. (20'7")
Shipping length:
m. (24'3")
Actual gross train weight
3812 kg
Stated vehicle gross train weight
kg

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Reviews

The Volvo towing a Bailey Unicorn Cadiz (1490) kg reviewed by Scott:

This is my first Volvo, changed from a Freelander 2. The Volvo has bags of room with excellent comfort. Tech is right up there but the lack of USB ports (only 2 with Apple car play) is a bit of a bummer. The sat nav could be better.
Driving solo I can just about get 50mpg on the motorway, towing brings this down to 28mpg. The car & van outfit is very very stable, you only get a slight sensation of the suck push when a lorry passes a little too close. Even though the car is a 2 ltr I was surprised at how well it pulled the van up a very steep hill from a standing start, what made it even more impressive was that the hill had 2 sets of sleeping policemen so I just couldn’t floor it.
Passing slower traffic while towing is effortless.