X-Trail, Will it be good enough





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    Hi

    Been on the lookout for a 2nd hand 4x4 that I will be using for short work and back driving but more importantly , trips to game parks etc in Botswana Namibia, S.A, Mozam, Zambia.

    The X-trail seems like a very good value for oney vehicle, Can fit all that my girlfriend and I need too. Just need to know a few more things ...

    1.) Will the X-Trail handle most 4x4 routes ?
    2.) CAn the X-trail occomadate a roof tent?
    3.) Fuel Consumption?
    4.) Anyone own an X-trail that uses it for what i intend on using it for?
    5.) Am I better off getting a Hardbody 4x4?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sudraka View Post
    Hi

    Been on the lookout for a 2nd hand 4x4 that I will be using for short work and back driving but more importantly , trips to game parks etc in Botswana Namibia, S.A, Mozam, Zambia.

    The X-trail seems like a very good value for oney vehicle, Can fit all that my girlfriend and I need too. Just need to know a few more things ...

    1.) Will the X-Trail handle most 4x4 routes ?
    2.) CAn the X-trail occomadate a roof tent?
    3.) Fuel Consumption?
    4.) Anyone own an X-trail that uses it for what i intend on using it for?
    5.) Am I better off getting a Hardbody 4x4?
    For the benefit (and opinions) of those that did not see me my PM to you on this topic:
    1. No low range could be a problem in the sticky and/or tricky stuff but it generally a good softroader that is quite capable. Driver experience could be crucial.
    2. Not on standard roof (I have the highline roof with the integrated roof spots) and was informed that 100kg is the roof limit.
    3. open road, 3 pax and luggage... about 10km/L.... around Joburg... 8.5km/L.
    4. Only used it for the odd camping trips (not pushed at all in the 4x4 dept).
    5. Hardbody is a good enough vehicle and I considered it but my specific requirements ruled it out. The 2.4L is lazy and I hear the consumption is nearly that of the 3.0L

    Anyone please correct me if I have got anything wrong in the above.

    Good luck
    Gary
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    I found my 2.5 X-Trail to be very competent and comfortable on gravel roads, sand and routes where low range is not a requirement. It was a pleasure driving her in town and tar roads as well.

    However, as Gazza mentioned, driver experience does play a important role to the X-trails capabilities. I managed to get stuck in sand once due to incorrect tyre pressure. It was definitely not the car's lack of ability.

    The only reason I changed to the Pathfinder was to get higher ground clearance and of course low range. But I still miss my X-Trail
    2006 Nissan Pathfinder 2.5 CDI A. Skid plate, rear airbags, Hannibal roofrack.
    GX300 radio. 276C. Waeco 500W inverter.
    AND a 2005 R1200GS

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