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Vehicle Options

Unread postby yoda » Mon Dec 09, 2013 10:08 am

So I have the options of hiring a Nissan X-Trail (manual) or a Toyota Fortuner (auto).

I would prefer the Toyota as it is auto. But it is R2,000 more expensive than the Nissan (for the 10 days that I will have it).

Bearing in mind that there are only 4 of us.
Which is the better option to go for?

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Re: Vehicle Options

Unread postby badprop_za » Mon Dec 09, 2013 11:49 am

Hi Yoda,

are the vehicles diesel or petrol. Obviously a diesel will be a better option for fuel economy. If the X-Trail is manual and Fortuner diesel, you have to decide if you will save more than R2 000.

Also, I think the Fortuner also has got more space than the X-Trail.
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Re: Vehicle Options

Unread postby Hippotragus » Mon Dec 09, 2013 12:57 pm

I know it is a difficult choice - more space versus saving of R2000.

I would go for the Fortuner, bearing in mind you need room at the back for 4 sets of luggage plus food and other supplies for 4 people for the trip. I have a diesel Hilux 4x4 which is the bakkie (pick-up) version of the Fortuner and my husband and I (just the 2 of us) fill it with our stuff when we go to Kruger Park! It is very economical, compared to our previous petrol vehicles. I agree with badprop_za that a diesel vehicle would be more economical than a petrol one.

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Re: Vehicle Options

Unread postby yoda » Mon Dec 09, 2013 1:00 pm

badprop, and Hippotragus,

Thanks for the advice.

To be honest, I have no idea whether the vehicles will be petrol or diesel.
I guess I will only find out on the day when I pick it up at the airport.

In an ideal world, I would prefer the Fortuner.
But am just concerned about the cost.

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Re: Vehicle Options

Unread postby MxM » Mon Dec 09, 2013 1:43 pm

Where are you going?

The Xtrail has better windows for viewing game but the Fortuner has a better suspension for rough roads - not that the other is seriously bad, but if we are looking for differences...

Also, I would rather go for a manual and petrol. Petrol is quieter and have found some birds and smaller wildlife moving off when a heavy diesels comes although my 2.4 petrol was no issue. A manual is nice as it can be more easily idled at a low speed, say 20 km/h if the cruise control only allows for speeds above 40 km/h.

Sure that both will be good though.

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Re: Vehicle Options

Unread postby Riaanf31 » Mon Dec 09, 2013 2:38 pm

The norm with rental companies is to have petrol vehicles as the standard option. Diesel option are to be requested if you are keen to have it. We have done so with our Fortuner that we booked for December.

I would suggest you call or contact the rental firm to get the details from them directly.

You have more of a chance with the 4x4's should you wish to have a diesel option. It is still not a guarantee.
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Re: Vehicle Options

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Mon Dec 09, 2013 2:43 pm

Find out what spare wheel they have.

The proper spare is my option, rather than the marie biscuit safety risk. If they just have an aerosol can avoid it completely.
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Re: Vehicle Options

Unread postby yoda » Mon Dec 09, 2013 2:52 pm

XmX - a few days in Jhb, then driving to Kruger. 6 nights in Kruger, then drive back to Jhb., And then another few days in Jhb

Riaan - so you also went for the Fortuner?

BB - the Fortuner is from Avis and the Xtrail from Thrifty. I would hope that from these reliable (?) companies, there would be a spare?

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Re: Vehicle Options

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Mon Dec 09, 2013 3:08 pm

I would ask about the spare before making the decision. It is not a hire company spec, but a manufacturers.

I know that BMW & Merc supposed 4x4s compromise your safety with a sub standard spare. They must not have any challenging dirt roads in Europe!
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Re: Vehicle Options

Unread postby Hippotragus » Mon Dec 09, 2013 3:23 pm

My Hilux (which I assume will have same as Fortuner) has a spare tyre exactly the same as the other 4 tyres - large, heavy-duty things!

But I agree, best to check. I can't see how one of those biscuit things would even fit on the Hilux/Fortuner - or even the X-Trail.
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Re: Vehicle Options

Unread postby isinkwe » Mon Dec 09, 2013 3:32 pm

I own an X Trail - now on my second one, the spare tyre is the same size as the others- never had to use it though , never had a puncture.
The X Trail in my opinion is a much softer and smoother ride, the fortuner I have found to have quite hard suspension and can be a bit of a hard ride, compared to the X Trail- sorry Toyota fans :whistle: just from my own experience
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Re: Vehicle Options

Unread postby Riaanf31 » Mon Dec 09, 2013 4:33 pm

Hi Yoda,

Yes we took the Fortuner (Personal choice). Note that at the moment your car rental price will benefit from the circa R17: £1 Forex rate so that mitigates some of your R2000 cost fears. My old man owns a Fortuner and I've driven the X-Trail as well on previous trips to KNP. Both will do the job. Good seat levels and comfort for all 4 passengers.

Both have big boots spaces. The X-Trail has a deeper (Up and Down) boot so you'll tend so stack things more, where the Fortuner goes further in to the car. It has little seats that you'll fold (for when you have 5 or 6 ppl) to the side and then you pack more away from the bumper.

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Re: Vehicle Options

Unread postby yoda » Mon Dec 09, 2013 7:46 pm

Riaan,

I see you are in London.
Where abouts?
I am in St Albans

We had an Xtrail for our trip to Kruger last year.
It was good to drive on the motor way way. Sluggish as anything up through the gears, but once you were in 5th, it really went.
But the gears did tend to annoy me. I guess that's mainly because my car is an auto.

In the past, when my kids were younger, and we went to a non SA parks game reserve without malaria risks, I always hired an automatic car. Not a SUV though.
And it is much easier.

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Re: Vehicle Options

Unread postby yoda » Tue Dec 10, 2013 10:34 am

Just spoke to the car hire company.
She told me it is a same size spare.

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Re: Vehicle Options

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Tue Dec 10, 2013 2:12 pm

:thumbs_up:

I saw a very expensive BMW on a flatbed in a SANPark with the marie biscuit wheel in its glory.......
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