This is a handy website - just plug in the weight of your trailer and it gives you all the vehicles that will tow it starting from that weight and going up from there. <a href="http://www.suvoa.com/towing_matrix.cfm" target="_blank">
Thanks for the site but remember that this is a PROMOTION site for SUVs.
In Holland, there is also a site which will give you VERY different answers since most people there tow with ordinary small cars with great success. *The only problem is you might have to choose a "close" car and a "generic" CARAVAN (all the way at the bottom of the drop down list) and plug in the relevant weights.
750 kg = *1650 lbs.
1000 kg = 2200 lbs.
1250 kg = 2750 lbs.
multiply kg by 2.2 to get pounds
The Dutch site assumes you have 250 kg (550 lbs)* loaded in the caravan*
For speeds 100 km/hr = 60 miles/hr
WHAT TOW CAR
The site lets you compare two tow cars simultaneously.
For example, I have a 51 mpg VW Jetta (90hp) TDI Diesel with a 5 speed. *I also have a Volvo 940 (114 hp) with a 4 speed automatic. *The Dutch site says that the VW is about equal to the Volvo for most towing.
The SUV PROMOTION site says I really can't tow anything with the VW Jetta (0 pounds) and very little with the Volvo (3300 lbs.)
So, I would check out both sites!
Here is the very detailed VW Jetta TDI report.*
Volkswagen and Caravan
The towing capability for the Volkswagen Jetta - 1.9 TDI
with a Caravan 1000 kg: *
Volkswagen Jetta - 1.9 TDI (77 kW/103 bhp)*
Date of manufacture: september 2005 - up to now
loaded caravan1250 kg
kerbweight of tow car 1445 kg*
The match between car and caravan is perfect in accordance with a mix of European standards. However, according to the British Towing Code the percentage (loaded caravan / kerbweight tow car) is 87%.
The towing performances of this Volkswagen with your Caravan are good (performance index = 89 km/h or 55 mph).
You may expect more than adequate performances from this outfit. On flat roads you can come along provided you've selected the right gear, in which case top gear is applicable under favourable circumstances.*
On motorway inclines you will be able to come along quite nicely. On steep roads you have more than sufficient power to keep going. On hill starts there will be sufficient power to get going, provided the wheels have traction.*
good performance on a* 15% incline
More in detail
Possible top speeds *
Possible top speed in windless conditions and head wind force 3*
Top speed in 3rd gear is 110 km/h (68 mph) and in head wind it will be 104 km/h (65 mph).*
Top speed in 4th gear is 115 km/h (71 mph) and in head wind it will be 103 km/h (64 mph).*
Top speed in 5th gear is 104 km/h (65 mph) and in head wind it will be 89 km/h (55 mph).*
Top speed or speed at 3200 rpm (= 80% of max. power revolution)*
Speed in 1st gear is 29 km/h and in head wind (force 3) it will be 29 km/h.*
Speed in 2nd gear is 53 km/h and in head wind (force 3) it will be 53 km/h.*
Speed in 3rd gear is 81 km/h and in head wind (force 3) it will be 81 km/h.*
Speed in 4th gear is 112 km/h and in head wind (force 3) it will be 103 km/h.*
Speed in 5th gear is 104 km/h and in head wind (force 3) it will be 89 km/h.*
Acceleration and take over *
0 - 80 km/h (0 - 50 mph) with caravan in 16.5 sec. (solo: 8.6 sec.)*
0 - 100 km/h (0 - 62 mph) with caravan in 29.2 sec. (solo: 12.3 sec.)*
0 - 120 km/h (0 - 75 mph) with caravan in 29.5 sec. (solo: 18.1 sec.)*
Acceleration 70 - 90 km/h (44 - 56 mph) flexibility*
As fast as possible (through the gears) 8.5 sec.*
In 3rd gear 8.5 sec. Tractive power (pick-up) is fairly good.
In 4th gear 13.2 sec. Tractive power (pick-up) is satisfactory.
In 5th gear 32.6 sec. Tractive power (pick-up) is bad.
Usability 5th gear at 80 km/h (50 mph) *
Power at 80 km/h in 5th gear (1740 rpm) 53 kW*
Power needed to drive 80 km/h 38 kW*
Acceleration 80-90 km/h in 5th gear 17.4 sec*
Maximum head wind in 5th gear at 80 km/h head wind force 3 (20 km/h)*
Maximum gradient in the 5th gear at 80 km/h 1%*
Minimum speed - at maximal torque - at 3200 rev - at max rev*
in the 1st gear 16 km/h - 17 km/h - 29 km/h - 40 km/h*
in the 2nd gear 30 km/h - 31 km/h - 53 km/h - 73 km/h *
in the 3th gear 45 km/h - 48 km/h - 81 km/h - 111 km/h*
in the 4th gear 63 km/h - 67 km/h - 112 km/h - 154 km/h*
in the 5th gear 83 km/h - 87 km/h - 147 km/h - 202 km/h*
Driving on motorway slopes *
Top speed on a gradient of 5% (1 to 20)*
In the 1st gear: 39 km/h (24 mph) at 4333 rpm and 29 km/h at 3200 rpm*
In the 2nd gear: 72 km/h (45 mph) at 4359 rpm and 53 km/h at 3200 rpm*
In the 3th gear: 89 km/h (55 mph) at 3531 rpm and 81 km/h at 3200 rpm*
The 4th gear isn't applicable at a gradient of 5% (1 to 20). *
The 5th gear isn't applicable at a gradient of 5% (1 to 20). *
Drive off uphill *
Elevation Drive off uphill in the first gear *
0 m. 15.5% *
500 m. 15.2% *
1000 m. 14.9% *
1500 m. 14.5% *
2000 m. 14.2% *
2500 m. 13.9% *
Driving on steep roads *
*Top speed on a gradient of 12% (1 to 8) *
1st gear 39 km/h (24 mph) *
2nd gear 58 km/h (36 mph) *
3rd gear isn't applicable *
4th gear isn't applicable *
5th gear isn't applicable*
Elevation Drive at 20 km/h
(12 mph) in*
1st gear Drive at 40 km/h
(25 mph) in*
0 m 32.6% 16.2%*
500 m 32.1% 16%*
1000 m 31.7% 15.8%*
1500 m 31.2% 15.5%*
2000 m 30.7% 15.3%*
2500 m 30.2% 15%*
Car make and model Volkswagen Jetta - 1.9 TDI*
Year of issue september 2005 - up to now*
Power 77 kW (103 bhp) at 4000 rpm*
Torque 250 Nm (184 lb/ft) at (or from) 1900 rpm*
Kerbweight (may differ in the UK) 1445 kg and 'ballasted' with 250 kg*
Tyres 205 / 55 R 16*
Transmission Manual (or automatic without torque converter)
Caravan Caravan 1000 kg*
Actual laden caravan weight 1250 kg (car towing limit is 1400 kg)*
The airflow is: average (height = 2.55 m and width = 2.30 m)*
Gross Train weight (car+caravan) 2945 kg*
This program is developed by Bert Wijnen and Menno van der Heijden under auspices of the Dutch Caravan Club (NCC), colofon en disclaimer.*