Nissan X-Trail

Under rated X-Trail surprises with quality, space and practicality!

Charl Wilken
Road Test


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