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The BMW X3 II - xDrive 20d aut. and the Swift Conqueror 560 with a laden weight of 1648 kg is a moderate match, only for experienced (caravan) drivers.

83 %

1648 kg 1995 kg
90 kg

Score: 5.3


42%  

Weight
weight ratio
towball limit
stability
Flat roads
speed
acceleration
7th gear
Mountains
speed
hill starts
driving

Good

  • Speed on motorways
  • Hill starts
  • Higher revs uphill not necessary

Bad

  • Good payload is essential

Verdict

The BMW X3 II - xDrive 20d aut. and the Swift Conqueror 560 of a laden weight of 1648 kg is a combination just suitable for most journeys but also with some limitations.

Weight

The risk of snaking at higher speeds, strong side winds and thoughtless driving exist. Even if the combination normally feels stable, the forces by deflection side to side are so great that it could be dangerous. Only if the driver has knowledge of and experience in driving a caravan it should be safe to drive. Proper and careful loading is essential! An electronic stability system in the car and / or on the caravan is recommended.

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. Faster is certainly not advisable! In that case the engine runs approximately 1900 rpm, this gives maybe more noise 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 58 mph but maybe the engine is running better by somewhat more revs in the 5th gear). In the 5th gear the top speed is 72 mph (3569 rpm). Hill starts are possible on steep slopes, theoretical up to 42%, if the wheels have sufficient traction. Because the car does not have enough power at low revs, we recommend a gradient of more than 33% 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
2400 kg
Weight ratio
83%
(laden Caravan / laden Car)
(1648 kg / 1995 kg)
Noseweight
Towball limit
100 kg
Advise
90 kg
Stability
Score at optimal noseweight
5.3
Infuence pay load
39%
Flat roads
Top speed
91 mph (6th gear)
At headwind
84 mph
Speed in practice
83 mph (6th gear)
Acceleration
0 - 60 mph
18.3 sec. - (max. 15.7 sec.)
30 - 60 mph
12.4 sec. - (max. 10.8 sec.)
50 - 60 mph
4th gear: 4.5 sec. (max. 5 sec.)
Power at 60 mph
Highest (8th) gear
of limited use (1533 rpm, 82% gas)
Gears in practice
7th gear
6th gear
Revs at 60 mph
1928
2298
Percentage between accelerator
58% - 66%
49% - 56%
Power needed at 60 mph 1726 N
over: 1371 N
over: 1934 N
Motorway inclines 1:20
Speed (maximum)
65 mph - (72 mph)
In the
5th gear
Revs
3200 - (3569)
Acceleration 30 - 50 mph
10.9 sec. - (max. 8.8 sec.)
Normaly at 50 mph in the
6th gear
5th gear
By revs
1915
2461
Percentage accelerator
91%
71%
Hill starts
Maximum incline
40.4% - 43.7%
Minimum speed (whereby power)
6 mph - (9 mph)
Mountain roads
Maximum slope driving
40.3%
Maximum speed on 1:8
48 mph in the 3th gear

 

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Details combination

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Car
BMW X3 II - xDrive 20d aut.
Year
February 2014 - up to now
Power
kW (190 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
Swift Conqueror 560
MIRO
kg Payload kg
MTPLM
kg
Height:
m. (8'6")
Overall width:
m. (7'7")
Overall body lenght:
m. (20'8")
Shipping length:
m. (24'7")
Actual gross train weight
3643 kg
Stated vehicle gross train weight
kg


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Reviews

The BMW towing a Swift Conqueror 560 (1648) kg reviewed by Mick Haskell:

While I don't challenge the data experience of towing this combination has been very stable across all conditions. Sensible driving and towing are obvious requirements for all towing regardless of combination. I have been towing for over 25 years and the only episode I've had is with a Landrover towing a much lighter Ellis's Whirlwind which demonstrates that the matching is important but not everything.
Every "tower" should heed good advice and if the advice says be extraordinary careful then please do to keep us all safe on the roads


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