2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Towing a Volkswagen eGolf
December 24, 2014
Recently we tested a 2015 Volkswagen eGolf. We test all electric vehicles with a full charge, and oftentimes, they are so depleted by the end of testing that they don't have range to get home. To get around this, we tow them to and from the track. This time we used our 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel as chauffer...
Before towing we had to do some quick math:
Trailer empty weight: 2,210 lbs.
eGolf curb weight: 3,400 lbs.
Total tow weight: 5,610 lbs.
Our Laramie Crew Cab 4x4 has the standard 3.55 rear axle ratio and an advertised tow rating of 7,550 pounds. With almost 2,000-lbs of cushion, we were in good shape.
The engine and transmission were up to the task. I hardly utilized the 420 pound-feet of torque supplied by the turbo-diesel V6. No significant grades, just a healthy dose of freeway driving. I kept the tranny in tow-haul mode, which helped ease the burden while stopping and accelerating, but probably wasn't necessary.
Ride quality was good overall and perhaps improved with a load in-tow. The rear multilink and coil spring suspension deserves the credit here. There was also only minimal tugging of the trailer as the truck responded to dips and bumps in the road as well. Alternatively, our recently departed, and leaf-spring-equipped 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, was subject to far more disruption towing over the same surfaces.
Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager