2020 Nissan X-Trail
Under rated X-Trail surprises with quality, space and practicality!
Used Car Road Tests
Nov 5, 2020
Model: 2020 Nissan X-Trail 2.0 Visia
Pre-Owned Price: R 349 900
Mileage: 6 700km
Warranty: Remainder of 6-Year/150 000Km
Service Plan: Remainder of 3-Year/90 000Km
Fuel Consumption (combined): 8.3-litres/100km
0-100km/h: 11.1 seconds
Contact: Bethuel Mathiane from Centurion Nissan
Although somewhat under rated with so many models in this sector of the market to choose from these days, the X-Trail remains a vehicle that offers good all-round quality, space and practicality at the price.
Background and condition of vehicle:
- Our 2020 model on test has clocked up a mere 6 700km of mileage and naturally still looked and drove like a vehicle that had just left the showroom floor. No surprise then that we could not notice any flaws at all.
Performance and Economy:
- Under the bonnet you will find a 2-litre 16-valve unit coupled to a 6-speed manual gearbox driving the front wheels.
- Although not the most powerful in this sector of the market a 106 Kilowatts of maximum power and 200Nm of torque is quite respectable.
- The engine impressed with its smoothness and proved to be relatively quiet as well.
- Although slightly down on power, outright performance was not far of its main competitors with a 0-100km/h sprint time of 11.1 seconds.
- Overall the X-Trail does provide a relaxed drive with enough poke available for driving in around town or cruising on the highway.
- Fuel economy compared reasonably well with most of it ‘s rivals, although not class leading at 8.3-litres per 100km/h.
How does it drive?
- To drive, the X-Trail feels like a bigger, more grown up and sophisticated version of the Nissan Qashqai.
- Aided by a soft suspension and those 65-profile tyres, the ride quality was comfortable, with the X-Trail soaking up lumps and bumps in the road well.
- A feeling of solidness with low noise, vibration and harshness levels gives the X-Trail an overall quality feel.
- The 6-speed manual gearbox shifted sweetly too, with a nice positive feel.
Inside the vehicle:
- Step inside the cabin of the X-Trail and you will immediately notice that its well put together and boasts good quality materials all-round.
- Its attractive too, with lots of curves, soft touch materials, classy dials and well laid out controls.
- Standard features are fairly comprehensive considering the Visia is the entry level model in the X-Trail line-up and included the following:
- Climate control air-conditioning - Electronic park brake
- Central Locking - Electric windows
- Multi-function steering wheel - Cruise Control
- On-Board trip computer - Isofix rear seats
- Multi-media infotainment system - Sunglasses holder
- Bluetooth phone connectivity - Auto headlights on
- USB and Aux ports and 12V connector - ABS with EBD and brake assist
- Stability Control - Front and Side Airbags (6)
Space and Practicality:
- Interior space and practicality are where the Nissan X-Trail really shines compared to it’s main SUV rivals.
- The X-Trail boasts class leading legroom, while the rear seats can also be moved forwards or backwards.
- Boot space is more than generous as well, offering 550-litres of space that can be increased to 1 405-litres with the seats folded flat.
- Nissan’s “luggage board system” that enables up to nine different boot configurations, further enhances practicality.
- For those long trips you will also find various cupholders and storage spaces in the front as well as the rear of the vehicle.
- The X-Trail certainly impressed with it’s overall quality, space and practicality.
- As a used car buy with only 6 700km on the clock it offers loads of value, especially compared to the new list price of well over R 400 000.
- Throw in Nissan’s fantastic 6-Year/150 000km warranty and 3-Year/90 000km service plan and I am sure readers will agree that this is a fantastic used SUV buy.
- Practicality and space
- Attractive quality interior
- Well-equipped at the price
X Performance and economy slightly down on main rivals