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The Audi A3 Sportback 35 TFSI and the Eriba Touring Triton 430 with a laden weight of 1000 kg is a perfect match.

Weight

weight ratio
towball limit
stability

Flat roads

speed
acceleration
6th gear

Mountains

speed
hill starts
driving

68%

1000 kg 1475 kg
65 kg


Score 9.9


19%

Good

  • Car is relatively heavy compared to caravan
  • Speed on motorways
  • Hill starts
  • Usability highest gear
  • Higher revs uphill not necessary

Bad

  • No salient features


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Verdict

The Audi A3 Sportback 35 TFSI and the Eriba Touring Triton 430 of a laden weight of 1000 kg is an excellent combination for all journeys on all kinds of roads.

Weight

The chance of snaking is small even at higher speeds.

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 6th gear. In that case the engine runs approximately 2200 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 5th gear with 50 mph and even full throttle with 61 mph but maybe the engine is running better by somewhat more revs in the 4th gear). In the 3th gear the top speed is 81 mph (5590 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
1500 kg
Weight ratio
68%
(laden Caravan / laden Car)
(1000 kg / 1475 kg)
Noseweight
Towball limit
75 kg
Advise
65 kg
Stability
Score at optimal noseweight
9.9
Infuence pay load
24%
Flat roads
Top speed
99 mph (4th gear)
At headwind
93 mph
Speed in practice
92 mph (4th gear)
Acceleration
0 - 60 mph
14.4 sec. - (max. 12.8 sec.)
30 - 60 mph
9.4 sec. - (max. 8.6 sec.)
50 - 60 mph
3th gear: 4.1 sec. (max. 4 sec.)
Power at 60 mph
Highest (6th) gear
often useful
Gears in practice
6th gear
5th gear
Revs at 60 mph
2225
2601
Percentage between accelerator
54% - 62%
46% - 53%
Power needed at 60 mph 1167 N
over: 1067 N
over: 1426 N
Motorway inclines 1:20
Speed (maximum)
76 mph - (81 mph)
In the
4th gear - (3th gear)
Revs
4002 - (5590)
Acceleration 30 - 50 mph
8.2 sec. - (max. 6.9 sec.)
Normaly at 50 mph in the
5th gear
4th gear
By revs
2168
2603
Percentage accelerator
88%
73%
By full throttle
Hill starts
Maximum incline
17.3% - 22.2%
Minimum speed (whereby power)
5 mph - (8 mph)
Mountain roads
Maximum slope driving
35.1%
Maximum speed on 1:8
55 mph in the 2th gear

 

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Details combination

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Car
Audi A3 Sportback 35 TFSI
Year
May 2019 - up to now
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
Eriba Touring Triton 430
Empty weight
kg Payload kg
MTPLM
kg
Height:
m. (7'5")
Overall width:
m. (6'7")
Overall body lenght:
m. (13'10")
Shipping length:
m. (17'4")
Actual gross train weight
2475 kg
Stated vehicle gross train weight
kg

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Reviews

The Audi towing a Eriba Touring Triton 430 (1000) kg reviewed by Colin:

This is the first petrol towcar I've used with a caravan and I was a bit concerned with making the swap form diesel. After a diesel Touran and Yeti the Audi A3 petrol is a revelation. towing a 1200kg Triton [not 1000kg as above] I get the same economy figures with a lot more go. 37mpg running light down to 32mpg fully loaded are typical figures. The car [manual] will sit in 6th on cruise control with the van no problem. My previous diesels with the same torque could not manage this. The petrol engine is far more flexible. The boot is deceptively large, even with a spacesaver wheel. As a towcar it is suprisingly stable and solo good fun to drive, but if you are sensible/boring high 60's mpg are possible on a long motorway run sticking to 56mph. The interior is a very nice place to be in, although the leather seats did take a few thousand miles to break in.
If you have a lightweight van then this car has to be a car to consider that you would easily have ignored.