Thanks to Dan we now have a dedicated towing forum.
So that we don't loose any of the photos posted in the "Towing & Caravan Outfit Photos" I suggest we use THIS
link, to access them, rather than move things around.
There are a number of members who already tow with the Antara, but for those thinking about it, post your questions on here.
Here are a few points.
Driving licence categories - If you passed your test after 010197 you will without doubt need to take a towing test, if you intend to tow a caravan. This is due the weight restrictions surrounding 3.5 T
The DVLA web pages are also useful, full of details but windy.
Nose weight - the static vertical load that is applied to the towball - MAX 80Kg
Max Tow - Auto 1700kg Manual 2000Kg
85% - although not law it is recommended that the max weight (MTPLM) of the towed item (particularly caravan) is not more than 85% of the cars Mass in Service (kerb weight, this figure is on the V5 log book).
As a rough guide given particular vehicle changes due to additional equipment/ optional extras, this is around 1650kg
More for those who tow on the Continent.
Speed limits are set differently abroad based on either size or weight, rather than a one fits all over here.
The figure that is used is the "plated gross train weight" where weights are concerned.
The Antara is plated over 3500Kg (more like 4205Kg) therefore irrespective of what you are towing there may be restrictions to your speed.
France for example 90Kph (56mph).
Here is a review I wrote on a caravan forum, when asked about my 2009 CDTIS auto (previous Antara).
My review would alter slightly now as I can honestly say that the 2.2 engine was what it needed.
The new model is a bit lighter, but in my case only 31kgs, so in towing car terms, that's not an issue.
With more torque and BHP it is a pleasure to drive solo and towing.
in towing terms I feel the following tick the boxes
320 nm @ 2000rpm
1967 kg in mass kerb weight
1700 kg max tow for auto (2000 kg manual) 1700 being 87%, guess this covers about 95% of mainstream caravans.
80 kg nose weight
self levelling rear suspension
short rear overhang
big flat top mirrors, ideal for fitting the towing ones to and added rear view
selection of fixed, swan or detach towbars (all without bumper cut or effecting the rear parking sensors)
I find it a very capable tow car, stable and sure footed, in fact I like it more than my previous car (disco td5 auto) for towing, it just feels "better".
I like the manual selection on the auto which I use when towing, the cabin fit and general up market feel.
I would like the nose weigh to be more say 100kg, and I do think it would certainly benefit from a 2.2l engine. if I was being picky I would also like the steering to be a little heavier too.
I would not rule out this vehicle in its present, form or new version.
I honestly think that Vauxhall have been very shy in putting this to market after the Fonterra, and with the new version maybe they will be less so.
I hope this helps kick start this topic
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