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Date Registered: 08-2008
Location: Mornington Peninsula,Victoria
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Owners thoughts on X-trail diesel AUTO please


Hi all,

Having owned a diesel manual xtrail for over 2 years and been very happy with it, i am now starting to think about going back to an auto. Two reasons, I do at least one peak hour trip in and out of Melbourne every week (1.25 hours at least each way) and I get a sore clutch foot! Also my wife can't drive manual, which is becoming inconvienent at times.

So - knowing the auto version is less powerful and has a lesser towing capacity, what is it like to own and drive? Sometimes number don't mean everything.
I took a new Kia Sorento for a drive yesterday, and despite the hype, it wasn't as impressive as i'd been led to believe. Sure its powerful, if your revs are right and in the right gear. I think the x-trail diesel (from my experience) is less 'peaky' in its power delivery.

So if all you auto owners out there could write down a few thoughts it would be appreciated. Also towing performance if anyone has experience with that. I have a pop top caravan.

Many thanks,

Byron

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Date Registered: 07-2008
Location: Perth, WA
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My work colleague has the diesel CVT auto and I can offer this observation - I wish it was a std auto not CVT - there is something soulless about the driving.

You have said you have tried the Kia - I do urge you if an auto is what you require and this may seem like heresy on an Xtrail forum, but the Santa Fe diesel with the new R diesel is fantastic - I drove one for a couple of days and it sings and the build quality is very good.

John

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Date Registered: 01-2009
Location: Newcastle Australia
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I thought the diesel only had the "normal" 6 speed auto, not the CVT due to the diesel having more torque. No doubt some one will confirm.

Peter.

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Peter, you are correct. The x-trail diesel has a standard 6 speed auto, NOT a CVT.

John, I will try and have a drive of a santa fe, however i expect it to be similar to the Kia as they share the same 2.2 diesel and auto package. I have to say that the sante fe styling inside and out doesn't really do anything for me. I prefer the X-trail.

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Date Registered: 12-2009
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Re: Owners thoughts on X-trail diesel AUTO please


My diesel auto TL will be having its first birthday in December and I will be celebrating it at Double Island Pt over Christmas.

I personally have nothing but praise for the auto. My wife can only drive an auto so the manual was not considered. 6 speed auto is good, occasionally holding in forth a bit longer than I would in a manual, and as discussed in another thread it won't shift into 6th until 110-120 km/h. No issue for me I just flick over to sports shift and cruise in 6th even at 90km/h (just don't try and overtake in 6th emoticon). The auto still has plenty of torque (hopefully enough to tow my trailer on the beach at Christmas).

Fuel economy in the real world; best 7.502 l/100km. Worst (towing trailer full of camp gear, 4 on board and a lot of hills was 11.220 l/100km. So I am averaging 8.658 l/100km.

In my opinion, definitely worth considering.


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Thanks for your response Adam, nothing better than hearing from actual owners.

I went for a test drive yesterday, and actually it was good, although I find you really need a good days driving to really get the feel for a car.

John, what was the outcome with yours, did you get the problems all sorted out and have you bought something else?

Cheers

Byron

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The diesel X-trail is not only brilliant around town but great on the open road and a pleasure off road too, crawling over things that would require massive clutch slip in the manual.

Like Adam I am blessed with a wife totally immune to clutch pedals and whilst Phillipa is happy to let the electronics take care of the gear shifting I will often throw the shift over to manual just for fun.

The engine is slightly detune to avoid turning the transmission to mush but I never seem to notice it.

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Byron - I think the problem has been sorted and was due to a faulty installation of the onboard DVD/GPS system interfering with the Can Bus communication.

I have done 60,000kms in it and for the money it is a very good vehicle.

Would I buy another - not sure. Never the same trick twice ? emoticon

I also suggest that prospective purchasers weigh up the diesel/petrol equation carefully. If you are doing over 15-20,000kms annually it makes sense to go diesel.

I am considering my options whether to sell or keep it - depreciation being such a killer. My work circumstances have changed and I won't be doing the long country runs as much, so the efficiency of the diesel is negated with just city driving.

Hope this makes sense and sorry for the delay - having a couple of weeks off.

John

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Date Registered: 03-2009
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I have a TL Auto and I love it, I tow a 16 ft fibreglass boat and it tows great, apart from the extra fuel watching other 2 wheel drive cars pull out there boats from the ramps is funny when I cruse up in 4 wheel drive and not needing to use a lot of power.

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the boat is between 800-1ton I think

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