Nissan Xtrail Review


Nissan Xtrail Review

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The Xtrail was the first Diesel I got to test drive for RRD and I am a Diesel fan so I was really keen to see what the consumption would be on the Nissan. I wasn’t disappointed at all – the consumption was excellent. I was doing around 8.4 with mixed driving while I had the car and I was definitely happy with that stat!


The ride was fine, but I found there was quite a bit of body roll. The car felt a bit tall and not quite wide enough for its height. I would’ve liked to have a slightly more powerful Diesel motor. I thought a 2 litre diesel was slightly underpowered for a car the size of the Xtrail. It felt like it needed a little more push. Ground clearance is good as well but it hasn’t got low range, just a 4×4 setting. The low range would have made the Xtrail a bit more versatile but that depends really on what you’d use it for. A bigger engine would probably also mean better consumption, which is as always a win.

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The use of space throughout the car, though, was excellent. There were a lot of clever compartments, like the sunglasses/lipstick holder above the rear view mirror. I really like this! It was also extremely comfortable to drive. I liked the finish of the interior. The automatic gearbox had well suited ratios, especially for a Diesel! The Xtrail was very easy to drive. I did like the high spot lights it had on the roof – such a wonderful idea, I didn’t get an excuse to use them but I would have loved to! It had a clever green tinged rear view mirror to take away the brightness of following lights. I still maintain this is one of my favorite things on these new SUVs. It also had an interesting reverse camera that came on in the rear view mirror. Extremely useful!

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The space throughout the SUV was vast. The boot was very spacious, with intelligent use of the space. The compartments are excellent and there is even a drawer in the boot! How brilliant is that? The contents of the boot do slide around a lot though so I’d recommend getting a non-slip mat or cargo net to prevent this. We did get the rear seats down but it was a lot more difficult than most of the cars we’ve tested lately. Once you got them down it became easier but it was still a bit of work. The boot itself has more than enough space for a couple of sets of golf clubs and for the rest of the RRD team, more than enough space for your diving equipment!

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The Xtrail is a good car, for me it just needed a bit more from the engine to be a great car. The comfort was there, the usability was there but the performance I wanted was not. It would do a great job as a general sort of ‘carrying around’ SUV, but for a proper adventure I’m not sure the motor would cut it. The value overall is good, though, at under R400,000.00 it’s worth the price tag, that’s for sure.

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Specs worth noting:


Motor: 2,0 liter Diesel.

Price: R 385,900.00.

Full Time 4×4.

Gearbox: 6 speed Automatic.

Power Output: [email protected]

Torque: [email protected]

Automatic Windscreen wipers – rain sensor.

Keyless Entry.

Airbags: Driver, Passenger, Front Sides and Curtain.

Brakes: ABS, Hydraulic servo-assist, ASR, EBD, BAS, VDC and HDC.




Chevrolet Captiva 2,0 VCDi LTZ – R413,110.00

Ford Everest 3,0 TDCi 4×4 XLT AT – R407,810.00

Honda CR-V 2,2 i-DTEC Executive AT – R445,983.00

Hyundai Santa Fe CRDi 5-seat AWD AT – R399,900.00

Jeep Patriot Ltd 2,4 CVT – R299,900.00

Land Rover Freelander 2,2 SD4 AT – R489,995.00

Mitsubishi Outlander 2,4 GLS CVT – R404,418.00

Renault Koleos 2,0dCi Dynam Premium 4×4 AT – R439,900.00

Suzuki Grand Vitara 2,4i AT – R339,900.00

Volkswagen Tiguan 2,0 TDI Track&Field 4Mtn – R394,635.00

Our Tame Supermodel has returned from Zanzibar, and returned to her position as official car commentator.

Robyn’s Corner

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I hate sounding like the stereotypical girl, but I Frankly adore the fact that the Xtrail has a compartment for your lipstick and/ or sunnies and/or any of the other small, finicky things that we girls cart around. Honestly I find it pretty cool and unexpected that this SUV has subtly catered to women like this.

The geek in me loves the reverse camera on the rear view mirror.  I see this reverse camera solving a lot of my problems; I truly fail at the parallel park. I have no trouble admitting this and neither do my car’s rims.

The inside finishes were far sleeker and more stylish than I imagined. For me the Xtrail doesn’t scream rugged, outdoor adventure; I’d keep it in the City or take it somewhere tame like the Garden Route.


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