2013 Nissan X-Trail

Immensely well cared for SUV offers good value.

Charl Wilken
Road Test


Model: 2013 Nissan X-Trail 2.0XE 4x2

Pre-Owned Price: R 159 900

Mileage: 118 300km

Warranty: Options available

Fuel Consumption (combined): 8.5-litres/100km

0-100km/h: 11.0 seconds (Estimate)

Contact: Sebastian Fourie from Nissan Menlyn at 087 054 9808 or visit  


Background and condition of vehicle:

  • The previous owner really took great care in looking after this Nissan X-Trail. Plastic headlight and bonnet protectors fitted to our test vehicle further confirms the kind of loving care the X-Trail received.
  • Not only did we notice that the vehicle was well cared for, but it’s pristine condition also confirms that the vehicle is ageing well due to Nissan durability.
  • The only area we could notice some wear and tear was on the gearlever, which could easily be replaced by a new one at very little cost.
  • Our test vehicle also came fitted with 4-brand new 225/60R17 tyres.


Performance and Economy:

  • Power is supplied by a 2-litre 4-cylinder 16-valve petrol unit, driven by the front wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox.
  • The engine delivers 102kW of maximum power and 198Nm of torque.
  • On our short test drive the engine still seems to perform well and I was especially impressed on how smoothly the engine accelerates.
  • All round performance certainly compared well with even some of the latest 2-litre petrol driven SUV’s on the market.
  • The X-Trail should deliver a combined fuel economy figure of around 8.5-litre per 100km.


How does it drive?

  • For an older budget SUV the X-Trail is quite comfortable.
  • Ride quality is very much car like, al be it slightly firmer. The dampers still seemed to be in a good working condition.
  • The 6-speed manual gearbox still shifted smoothly between cogs with a nicely weighted feel.
  • So too the brakes seemed perfect with no vibrations or noises noticed at all.


Inside the vehicle:

  • The interior is as solid and well-built as it is practical.
  • Overall the materials used seemed durable and therefore the interior still looked great.
  • Although some of the latest technology might be absent in the cabin, the X-Trail proved to be equipped with all the necessary luxury and safety features.
  • Air-conditioning - Tow-Bar
  • Multi-Function Steering wheel - Electric windows all-round
  • Central Locking - Power steering                         
  • 12 Volt and USB ports - Dual-Airbags                             
  • Radio with CD-Player                                             
  • ABS Braking with EBD
  • Front cupholders


Space and Practicality:

  • This older generation X-Trail certainly proved to be very spacious with especially large amounts of headroom inside the cabin.
  • There is a clever double cargo floor in the rear, with the lower section featuring a pull-out drawer for extra storage space.
  • Overall boot space also compares well with most SUV’s of this size and with the seats folded flat boot capacity can be increased from 603-litres to a massive 1 649-litres.


The final verdict

  • This has certainly been one of the best looked after used vehicles I have ever tested.
  • For a 2013 model the vehicles condition is hugely impressive.
  • Furthermore, the X-Trail offers plenty of space and versatility and combined with the vehicle’s inherent durability it is certainly an incredibly good budget SUV buy.
  • Impressive condition considering its age
  • Good all-round comfort
  • Spacious and versatile
  • Durability

X   Lacks some modern technology


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