Welcome to BB Hatfield Nissan, a Dealership located in Pretoria that is marked by an incredibly efficient, knowledgeable and hospitable team ready and waiting to assist you on your mission to find you dream car. On the showroom floor is the magnificent Nissan Xtrail, my subject for review this week.
The staff at the Dealership are receptive and warm, inviting me in to scope out their wares. Led by Dealer Principal Marcel Moolman, BB Hatfield Nissan benefits from the humility and passion with which Marcel filters down to his team. A client-based philosophy is the foundation of Marcel’s vision, noting that selling cars isn’t about cars at all, but rather, about people. Investing in understanding how people think and feel and what it means to make the commitment to buy a vehicle, Marcel’s team have also taken on these values.
When it comes to team work, Jacques Steyn (who is a Sales Executive for BB Hatfield Nissan) feels that commitment to the team and the brand are imperative as a collective. With an incredible passion for the brand as his driving force, Jacques notes that the quintessential Nissan bakkie perfectly combines leisure and practicality, and that this has extended to Nissan’s SUV, the Xtrail.
Equally impressed with the Nissan fleet is Lucky Nkosi who is a Sales Executive for the Dealership. A man who truly puts his everything into what he does, Lucky has spent the past year throwing himself wholeheartedly into merging his enthusiasm for motoring and people into representing what he feels is an exclusive product. Promising his best before, during and after sales, Lucky is motivated to bring satisfaction to his clients.
A silky-smooth ride and classic comfort is what makes the Xtrail stand out. Still maintaining the practicality and power that a vehicle of this size should represent, the Xtrail is really more of a soft-roader type. The 7-seater option is available for those who want the big-family vehicle set up, or for those who need space – with the back row flipped out for a massive boot space that can swallow literally everything short of the kitchen sink (although I’d wager it can take that too). This SUV looks great, with the recognisable Nissan grille fitted into a nicely designed nose; the body of the vehicle is aesthetically pleasing and gives off a very solid, stable vibe.
Whilst on the topic of space, the interior has a lot of it: a very spacious and generously allocated driver’s area makes for comfortable seating. The next row also provides ample space and was worth noting for its well-appointed and supportive seating. As always with a 7-seater, the third row is touch and go for space, and – unless you have small kiddies – will not be very comfortable for an adult. I generally prefer 5-seaters due to this fact, although the X-trail has a host of fantastic features and elements that really push it up on the list of superb SUVs’ out there.
The refreshed X-trail is penned to be more intelligent and more efficient that its predecessor, with the same popular (and powerful) torque (320 Nm) but much less bulk, making it lighter on fuel and a more enjoyable drive to experience. Available in a 2-litre petrol variant, with a six-speed manual gearbox, a 2.5 litre petrol X-tronic CVT auto, and a 1.6 litre diesel engine as a six-speed manual which is the variant I am testing. The diesel X-trail is said to hit fuel consumption levels between 5 and 6 litres per 100 kilometres; in my own experience, the X-trail proved to be unbelievable light on fuel (much more so than I had expected for such a large vehicle). By my calculations, I could easily hit 1000 kilometres on one tank.
A host of safety features make the X-trail one of the safest SUV’s on the road today; an advanced airbag system as well as the Nissan Intelligent Mobility system (which includes intelligent Around View Monitoring, Moving Object Detection and Intelligent Blindspot Intervention) made me feel quite safe and secure, and made driving effortless despite the size of the vehicle. I enjoyed the take-off and the consistently smooth feel to driving the X-trail, and – although I missed the infotainment system (which can be added as an optional extra) – felt quite in control, confident in the handling and responses of the vehicle as a whole.
Once again at the dealership, I take the time to learn about the Used Cars division; at BB Hatfield Nissan, only used vehicles within their warranty period or on display, always ensuring that only the highest quality is available to clients. With the motive that buying a used vehicle should be as close as possible to buying a new vehicle in this Dealership, each customer is guaranteed a reliable, excellent Nissan vehicle to suit their needs best. With a team of product specialists on hand to ensure every question is answered and every deal is uniquely suited to the client, BB Hatfield Nissan strives to provide only the best on every level.
Editor: Desh Bechan
Reporter and Author: Inge Stols & Belinda Anderson