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The Honda CR-V 2.2i-DTEC and the Swift Challenger SE 530 with a laden weight of 1474 kg is a fairly good match.


weight ratio
towball limit

Flat roads

6th gear


hill starts


1474 kg 1898 kg
80 kg

Score 6.5



  • Speed on motorways
  • Hill starts
  • Usability highest gear
  • Higher revs uphill not necessary


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The Honda CR-V 2.2i-DTEC and the Swift Challenger SE 530 of a laden weight of 1474 kg is an excellent combination for all journeys on all kinds of roads.


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 all conditions on motorways it is possible to drive with 60 mph in the 6th gear. In that case the engine runs approximately 1900 rpm. In a headwind or for example on a crossover there is no need to downshift immediately.


On most motorways inclines (1:20) driving is easily possible in the 4th gear with 50 mph and even full throttle with 66 mph. Hill starts are possible on steep slopes up to 22%. Because the car does not have enough power at low revs, we recommend a gradient of more than 21% 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!



The main details in a list. Ideal for comparing different combinations with one another, for example your present with a new one.

Towing limit
2000 kg
Weight ratio
(laden Caravan / laden Car)
(1474 kg / 1898 kg)
Towball limit
100 kg
80 kg
Score at optimal noseweight
Infuence pay load
Flat roads
Top speed
87 mph (5th gear)
At headwind
79 mph
Speed in practice
83 mph (5th gear)
0 - 60 mph
21.2 sec. - (max. 17.5 sec.)
30 - 60 mph
15.2 sec. - (max. 12.1 sec.)
50 - 60 mph
4th gear: 7.2 sec. (max. 5.2 sec.)
Power at 60 mph
Highest (6th) gear
often useful
Gears in practice
6th gear
5th gear
Revs at 60 mph
Percentage between accelerator
66% - 76%
53% - 60%
Power needed at 60 mph 1636 N
over: 874 N
over: 1580 N
Motorway inclines 1:20
Speed (maximum)
66 mph
In the
4th gear
Acceleration 30 - 50 mph
14.2 sec. - (max. 11.6 sec.)
Normaly at 50 mph in the
4th gear
By revs
Percentage accelerator
Hill starts
Maximum incline
20.5% - 22.6%
Minimum speed (whereby power)
5 mph - (9 mph)
Mountain roads
Maximum slope driving
Maximum speed on 1:8
40 mph in the 2th gear


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Details combination

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Honda CR-V 2.2i-DTEC
October 2012 - April 2015
kW (150 bhp) at rpm
Nm at - rpm
kg user payload kg
/ R
manual with 6 gears
Towing limit
kg (towball limit kg)
Swift Challenger SE 530
kg Payload kg
m. (8'6")
Overall width:
m. (7'5")
Overall body lenght:
m. (18'10")
Shipping length:
m. (22'10")
Actual gross train weight
3372 kg
Stated vehicle gross train weight


User Payload:

Output in km/h or mph:


Other Car:

Other Caravan:


The Honda towing a Swift Challenger SE 530 (1474) kg reviewed by Michael Jackson:

Previously towed with a 57 plate 2.2 cdti Honda which was great on A roads but got pulled around a bit on motorways. Next was m class Merc 320. Didn’t know caravan was on the back of that particular car but usual 7g gearbox issues, brakes and turbo problems had me lose confidence with it. Now onto another crv albeit newer than the last one. Fuel economy good, atc and trailer assist present for peace of mind. Tows well on a roads and does get picked up slightly on motorway but really pleased with it thus far. I just wish my last crv had been as reliable as it would of saved me two changes of car in between, not to mention the cost of buying. Will keep this combo for a while to come.

The Honda towing a Sterling Eccles Jewel (1545) kg reviewed by james beveridge:

I fitted a small tuning box to my crv to lift the bhp from 150 to 174 and what a difference,not that the car wasn't coping,I wanted more mpg when towing,and certainly saw a vast improvement averaging 35mpg towing. agreat towing car.

The Honda towing a Bailey Orion 450-5 (1280) kg reviewed by edward church:

Towed bailey 450/5 with new Honda CRV 1.6dtec 4x4, oh my life, absolutely fantastic, did not even realise caravan was there, fuel economy, better than mk 4 2.2 dtec, previously owned. now on fourth CRV, but also fourth caravan, wait out for reports on bailey orion 530/6 with new 1.6 dtec 4x4. would recommend Honda crv mk 2,3 and 4 (2.2 & 1.6 4x4 dtec) both cdti engine and dtec for towing. so far to be honest mk 2 2.2 cdti was the best CRV of all, maybe not for fuel economy, but for reliability, especially when towing.