If you’ve got a hankering for an SUV, you’ve probably toyed with some technical comparisons, dabbled in some review research and engaged in not-so-idle conversations with other SUV owners. None of which served to get you off the fence. Probably all you managed was to raise the fence higher off the ground. Indecision is like indigestion for the mind. Don’t you wish you could just put it to a vote? We have:
Drawing from sales figures for the first half of 2016 (as posted by Lightstone Auto) a clear trend has emerged: the Nissan X-Trail is the 5th most bought SUV in South Africa. And why have so many South Africans lined up to let the X-Trail into their homes and hearts? Because it provides the two things that are most important to the South African market: economy and flexibility.
The X-Trail is a perfect do-it-all SUV, with enough power and torque to make it equally at home in the city sprawl or on the off-road savannah. Nissan’s Safety Shield sensors provide a second set of eyes whilst out on the town and impressive ground clearance gives it a leg up when off the beaten path. In fact, it is so versatile that for a nominal fee it can be fitted with a third row of seats, making it a 7 seater. And if you’re going to be filling those seats with precious cargo, Nissan’s Zone Body Construction and a complete wrap-around curtain of 6 standard airbags will keep all of you safe.
The X-Trail also drove its point home on another (not unrelated) list: South Africa’s most fuel efficient SUV’s. You’d expect such an imposing, high-performance vehicle to burn fuel as if it were blasting off from Cape Canaveral. Thanks to space age advances in fuel efficiency, the 2016 X-Trail is 20 percent more fuel efficient than its predecessor, boasting a frugal 10km per litre for the 2.0 litre petrol variant. But it’s the 1.6 litre diesel version that reaches for the stars with 16.39km per litre – an improvement on an improvement.
Not impressed yet? The diesel engine is less than a second behind the petrol variant’s acceleration benchmark, blasting from 0 to 100km/h in 10.5 seconds and it get’s its own back by one-upping (well, technically five-upping) the petrol engine by reaching the higher top speed of 188km/h.
Get up, off the fence and into a Nissan X-Trail today and see what hordes of South Africans already know: the X-Trail goes the distance (in style and record time).