£22,395 - £33,510 Price range
5 - 7 Seats
44 - 57 MPG
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The X-Trail’s interior has a similar design to the one found in the Nissan Qashqai, so it’s simple to use, if a little uninspiring to look at, and the car’s standard five-inch touchscreen display means there isn’t a sea buttons to contend with.
Inside there is plenty or room for five adults, but the two seats that fold out from the boot are best reserved for children. Even with them in place, though, the X-Trail has enough space for a few suitcases.
One of the diesel X-Trail’s most impressive feats is great fuel economy, and it is capable of nearly 60mpg. Sadly though performance isn’t great and that’s true even if you go for the more powerful petrol model.
Although the X-Trail feels safe and secure on fast country roads, it is better suited to fast (and quiet) cruising on the motorway, where its suspension irons out the worst of the bumps in the road.
Even the basic model comes with alloy wheels, cruise control and climate control, but you’ll have to specify the Acenta+ trim level to get a sat-nav.
For its price, the Nissan X-Trail has one of the better interiors you’ll find in the crossover class. Though more expensive rivals like the Audi Q5 and Volvo XC60 have more luxuriously-appointed cabins, the Nissan X-Trail’s is still a nice place to spend time in, with plenty of good quality materials used throughout.
Nissan X-Trail passenger space
Overall passenger space in the X-Trail is good, with decent legroom all round. Head room is also very good in comparison with rivals, even with the optional panoramic sunroof fitted. The only complaint is that centre seat in the middle row is on the narrow side. As a result, adults may find it to be a bit awkward and uncomfortable over longer journeys.
The Nissan X-Trail fills the gap left behind by the old Nissan Qashqai+2 by offering a seven-seater configuration as well. However, whilst the rear seats are big enough, and the middle row can be moved forward to increase legroom slightly, the two rear seats are only suitable for children if you’re travelling long distances.
Nissan X-Trail boot space
As with passenger space, the boot in the Nissan X-Trail is a pretty good size by the standards of big crossover SUVs. Five-seater models, for instance, have 550 litres to play with, which extends even further when you slide the middle row of seats forwards.
Where the Nissan X-Trail really claws back extra ground, however, is when all the rear seats have been folded away completely flat – do that, and you’ll have a class-leading 1,982 litres of boot space on offer, completely dwarfing those from other rivals.
The boot itself is of a boxy shape, regardless of how many seats are in place, and the lack of a boot lip means longer and heavier items can be slid in and out with ease.
Compared to the old X-Trail, the new model focuses on road performance rather than off-road prowess. It shares its platform with the Qashqai but has extra ground clearance to tackle steeper inclines.
Four-wheel drive versions feel more planted in general while two-wheel drive models demonstrate a tendency to feel light at the back when braking into a fast corner. Despite this, for most buyers who’ll use the X-Trail as a family car, the two-wheel drive version is faster and more economical and, thus, the better choice.
The steering feels fairly light but responds predictably when turning into corners. Crucially, it has excellent on-centre feel meaning you don’t have to constantly correct the angle when going straight, making motorway journeys easy. Buyers that need more off-road ability along with seven seats might need to step up to a Land Rover Discovery Sport but, for the price, the Nissan is one of the most competent machines in its class.
Nissan offers only two engines for the X-Trail – a 1.6-litre diesel with 128hp and a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine with 161hp. The diesel will be the obvious choice for most buyers thanks to its extra torque and fuel efficiency but, if you stay mainly in the city and don’t often fill the car to its full capacity, the petrol is faster and more refined so could be the better choice. See our thoughts when we took a petrol Nissan X-Trail to the Alps to try it out.
Two gearbox options are available – a six-speed manual or an xTronic automatic. Most of critics prefer the manual, though do concede that the automatic makes sense if it is mostly used in the city.
Nissan X-Trail diesel engine
The new 1.6-litre diesel has as much pulling power as the 2.0-litre in the old X-Trail and settles down into a cruise quite nicely once you’ve got the car up to speed. Although power of 130hp is not huge, but the 236 lb ft of torque make overtaking and towing easy. For more information about the X-Trail’s towing abilities, check out our X-Trail towing guide.
Running costs are also decent for something that’s big and heavy. Even the least fuel-efficient model (which comes with all-wheel drive and a manual transmission) can return up to 53mpg, rivals such as the diesel-powered Mazda CX-5 can return well over 60mpg.
Nissan X-Trail petrol engine
The 1.6-litre 161hp turbocharged petrol engine might seem like a less sensible choice than the diesel thanks to its greater fuel consumption and more limited torque output, but it is a little faster. No X-Trail feels quick, but the 1.6-litre petrol gets from 0-62mph in a reasonable 9.7 seconds, as a result it doesn’t feel as slow as the diesel, nor do you need to change gear with the same painful regularity. Naturally, there’s a penalty to pay at the pumps where the petrol’s 45.6mpg can’t compete with the diesel’s 57.6mpg.
Nissan X-Trail towing capacity
Don’t be put off by the small diesel engine because the X-Trail is a good tow car. It can pull a trailer weighing up to 2,000kg when fitted with all-wheel drive, although the two-wheel-drive model can only manage a trailer of 1,500kg.
The Nissan X-Trail is only offered with two diesel engine options, the 2.0 dCi 150 is the least powerful of the two, yet strangely manages to be the slowest and most expensive.
The 148bhp engine comes with a six speed Automatic transmission, so it’s the only option to have if an Auto is a must for you. Critics have said the engine is nice and refined and cruises effortlessly on the motorway, however it can seem a little sluggish when pulling away from a standstill, as a result the 0-60mph time is a not very exciting 12.5 seconds, on the plus side it does return 39.8mpg, which is pretty respectable for an Automatic 4x4. The 2.0 dCi 150 is only offered in the more expensive Tekna trim.
The 2.0 dCi 173bhp is the more powerful engine of the two and overall is far more suited to the rugged X-Trail. The critics agree that when choosing an X-Trail the 173bhp engine makes much more sense than the 150bhp option.
It offers a substantial 266lb ft, meaning it’s not only much more responsive during everyday driving but more capable of towing. 0-60mph is dealt with a whole 2.5 seconds quicker than the 150bhp variant, at an impressive 10 seconds and yet, thanks largely to its six speed manual transmission, returns better mpg at 44.1 combined; and the best thing about the 2.0 dCi 170bhp is that it’s substantially cheaper than the less powerful option, in basic Acenta spec, which many critics agree is actually very well specced, is a full £5,000 cheaper than the 2.0 dCi 150 Tekna auto.
With its five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP the Nissan X-Trail has the honour of being one of the safest cars in its class. All models feature six airbags, seatbelt pre-tensioners, stability control and ‘Nissan Chassis Control’ which uses the brakes to aid cornering if it detects the driver is going too fast.
Higher-spec models also come with lane departure and blind spot warning systems, along with front and rear parking sensors and a driver fatigue warning system. Buyers who opt for the all-wheel-drive system will also be able to choose from three pre-set driving modes: the front-wheel-drive-only 2WD, the permanently all-wheel-drive LOCK or the mid-way AUTO set-up where the all-wheel-drive system only kicks in when it needs to.
Much like its smaller sister, the Nissan Qashqai, the Nissan X-Trail is very well priced in comparison with its chief competitors.
Standard equipment levels are pretty decent, with cruise control, a tyre pressure monitoring system, air-conditioning, a five-inch multimedia display and six airbags. Two trim levels stand out, though and those are:
Nissan X-Trail Acenta
With the next trim up from standard has tinted windows, a sunroof, climate control, automatic windscreen wipers and a leather steering wheel.
Nissan X-Trail Tekna
The X-Trail Tekna comes equipped with LED headlights, automatic city braking, traffic sign recognition, electric tailgate, a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation, self parking, leather upholstery and electric adjustable front seats.
Nissan X-Trail Style Edition
The X-Trail Style Edition comes with the same standard equipment as the Tekna with the addition of new chrome door sills, 19-inch alloy wheels with a gloss black finish and metal pedals for the interior. Automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and traffic sign recognition are also standard features.
Nissan X-trail accessories
Nissan offer a range of accessories for the X-Trail that help personalize it just the way you want.
The urban pack consists of chrome bars protecting the front and rear bumpers as well as side steps to ease access.
The style pack adds small chrome details to the exterior and 19-inch black alloys that give the car more presence.
For the off-roading there is the crossover pack that comes equipped with smaller 17-inch alloy wheels with grippier tyres and front and rear protective skid plates.
All in all, the Nissan X-Trail is a very capable and well-rounded family SUV that’s practical, spacious, fairly efficient and competitively priced.
The only real major chinks in the Nissan X-Trail’s armour, in fact, are the slightly underpowered diesel engine and the fact the seven-seater version does struggle for passenger space when compared with proper people carriers. Other than that, there’s a lot to like about the Nissan X-Trail, and – whilst the car doesn’t excel anywhere other than maximum load capacity – we do reckon it’s worth checking out if you’re in the market for a large SUV.