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Old 22 November 2012, 03:31   #1
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CHanging my company car next year and am very tempted by hybrids due to low tax. Most can't tow so would have to tow using my wife's car, a vw polo sdi! Question is would it tow my boat? It is a 4.8m rib on an unbraked trailer, no idea how heavy it is so any advice most appreciated. Not sure if I can stomach a hybrid but would save me 6000 or so over the 4 years I will have the car.

Anyone else running one? Looking at Ampere or DS5 hybrid.
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Old 22 November 2012, 03:41   #2
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I'm towing my SR4 albeit with a braked trailer behind my Fiat Panda which only has 54 HP. It works, as the car is allowed to tow 800 Braked and my boat +trailer is around 600.
I'd get your boat weighted and have a look if the Polo can do it.
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If it's legal it should be fine. I used to recover a Ribtec 585 with a Fiat Punto when I first started driving. Clutch didn't last long however!
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If it's the 1.9 then manufacturer's spec, unbraked, is 500kg. Braked is 800kg.

Should be in your handbook I'd have thought. May be worth checking.
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What is the plated GVW of your trailer? As the ULW of your towing vehicle must be at least double it.
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CHanging my company car next year and am very tempted by hybrids due to low tax. Most can't tow so would have to tow using my wife's car, a vw polo sdi! Question is would it tow my boat? It is a 4.8m rib on an unbraked trailer, no idea how heavy it is so any advice most appreciated. Not sure if I can stomach a hybrid but would save me 6000 or so over the 4 years I will have the car.

Anyone else running one? Looking at Ampere or DS5 hybrid.

I appreciate the tax incentive but otherwise i just dont understand Hybrid's....

At the end of the day it will always take a certain, definate amount of energy to move a vehicle. Whether that energy comes from burning fossil fuels or electricty, it will amount to the same. If you run on electricity then the energy dispensed will need to be recuperated so when the battery dies, the petrol/diesel engine will not only be powering the drive wheels but will also be having to re-charge the batteries representing an extra load on the engine. If you plug it in to charge at home then your local (probably fossil fuel burning) power station is having to put the energy back into the cells.

Sorry, i know this is off topic but it annoys me how the marketing departments of major car manufacturers (and the govt) try to sell this crap to the public.

Incidentally, doesnt the Ampera only manage around 70miles on battery power alone?

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If it's the 1.9 then manufacturer's spec, unbraked, is 500kg. Braked is 800kg.

Should be in your handbook I'd have thought. May be worth checking.
Yeah its the 1.9SDI, there are no plates on either my trailer or boat, any guesses about what a 4.8m boat would weigh?
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I appreciate the tax incentive but otherwise i just dont understand Hybrid's....


Incidentally, doesnt the Ampera only manage around 70miles on battery power alone?

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They dont make any sense IMHO unless as a company car user you will save money. I am looking at an XC60 (about 12,500 in tax) 5 series touring (about 9000 in tax), DS Hybrid about 5k in tax or Ampera 3-4k in tax. Basically saving enough to make me take notice. Will most likely go down the XC60 route in semi skimed 2WD format to reduce the tax bill but weighing up options...
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Yeah its the 1.9SDI, there are no plates on either my trailer or boat, any guesses about what a 4.8m boat would weigh?

That's for the scales to say.
most garages have scales for cars, try and ask there :P
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Yeah its the 1.9SDI, there are no plates on either my trailer or boat, any guesses about what a 4.8m boat would weigh?
Agree with Mextli - you could go to a weigh bridge for an exact weight.

With a 55 on the back? I'd punt at about 400kg. Get it weighed and know for sure though.
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