Allez Allez wrote: blybo wrote:
Allez Allez wrote:The Passat can handle 1500 kg of braked towing, so allows more options for your preferred camper trailer.
Thanks, this looks like it might be a bigger consideration than I 1st thought. My wifes Liberty can take 1500kg's braked but I find it's torque pretty ordinary, and coupled to a CVT only makes it worse. The trailer we are hoping to pick up 2nd hand is 1230kg tare
. As you say with some payload on board things are looking pretty dicey. I certainly don't want to go into SUV territory but equally don't want a Commodore either...
BTW, looks like the car may be sold... But this buyer has said that before.
I'm sure there would be some Euro towing reviews around. But can't say I've seen a Passat or C200 reversing into a van site here in Oz. Have been surprised to see the Mondeo towing a caravan, but not so when discovering it has a diesel with a capacity of 1600 kg.
A bit OT but...
With Euro car options for towing also look at tow ball weight capacity as they tend to be a lot lower than Aussie vehicles.
I almost bought a Skoda Octavia Scout (TDI) a couple of years ago to tow a small yacht of about 1,000 kg all up (inc trailer, gear etc), with a ball weight of 100kg, the Skoda only had a max towball weight of 75 or 80 kg?
After some research it appears that Aussie trailers tend to be set up to have a ball weight of about 10% of the overall weight. Towing a trailer that exceeds either the towing capacity and/or towball weight may effect the handling and cause problems with your insurance in the event of an accident.
Ended up with a VW Tiguan (TDI) that has a ball weight capacity of 100kg with an overall tow capacity of 2,000kg which I'm very happy with and tows our yacht almost as though its not there