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Subject: Confused!! 1.5 Qashqai
Author: Gill Ingram
Date: November 15, 2010 at 09:55

Put the 1.5 Qashqai into the outfit matchig section of this site and said not really suitable for towing, but this car has good reviews in the 'user reviews' section. Can I tow my 1100kg caravan with it or not?


Author: Bert
Date: November 15, 2010 at 17:56

When I select a caravan with a MTPLM of 1100 kg the output is far better than 'not really suitable'. (1.5 dCi).

Author: Gill Ingram
Date: November 15, 2010 at 20:12

Sorry but just re-did a 1.5 Qashqai to tow my Abbey @1100kg into the outfit matching sector and it comes back " Your Abbey is 100kg too heavy for this car!!!!" followed by three and half RED stars. So how can it be better than I thought, thats why I can't understand the reviews that say its good.

Author: Bert
Date: November 15, 2010 at 20:41

Sorry Gill, you have selected the Abbey GTS Vogue 217 for example. That has a MIRO of 1100 kg. Standard in the form (but you may alter this) is a payload of 200 kg, so the actual laden caravan weight is 1300 kg. The Qq 1.5 dCi has a maximum allowed towing mass of 1200 kg. So this Abbey is 100 kg too heavy.

Author: Paul
Date: November 15, 2010 at 23:50

As Bert states, the Quashqi has a maximum towing limit of 1200kgs. If your van definitely has an MTPLM of 1100kgs, then this will be ok to tow.
I think there may have been confusion with selecting the right weight; MIRO is basically ex-works weight (not loaded), while the MTPLM is the important figure as this relates to van fully laden.

Author: Sarah
Date: December 29, 2010 at 19:04

Now I am confused. I am looking to buy a Quashqai 2.0dci which has a maximum towing limit of 1400 kg so essentially this will be suitable for a caravan with a MTPLM of up to 1400 kg. However I have been informed that the maximum MTPLM should be 85% of the cars kerb weight which is 1277 kg.
Which is correct?

Author: Bert
Date: December 29, 2010 at 22:29

Both are Sarah. The legal limit is 1400 kg, but in case of caravanning there's a general recommendation to keep the laden weight of the caravan under 85% of the kerb weight of the car. The Qq 2.0 dCi is 1573 x 85% equals 1337 kg. For more experienced caravanners the advise is up to 100%.

Author: Paul
Date: December 30, 2010 at 00:19

Just a small footnote to add to Bert's reply.
Many UK insurance companies insist on no greater than 100% of vehicle kerbweight regardless of the cars towing limit, so check recommendation/policy etc with your broker/insurance company too. Some also insist on adopting the 85% recommend too, if the driver is new to towing.

Author: Bert
Date: December 30, 2010 at 02:37

Thanks Paul for your worthwile addition.

Author: mark
Date: January 05, 2011 at 21:50

hi lets put you right with towing,the qash 1.5 would have no probs towing a 1100 kg caravan,i tow with the 15 dci,i tow 1060 tow like a dream 6th gear no probs up the hills like no tomorow.i pass plenty of 4x4 as for handling spot on very stable mpg supper iv had around 36 dont need the 2.0 qash unless heaver caravan i no the towing limit is only 1200,but dont for get the car kerb weight is around still within the 85 percent rule taken in to acoount the 1470.the qash tows well with a little weight in the boot of the car you must not tow above the 1200 kg full laden you will find 4th and 5th gear will take you up most hills let the car do the work at its own pace you can sit on the motaway all day at 60mph and still have power to over take,iv been towing for over 25years this car is good,

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