Nissan X-Trail

Seven-seater SUV is easy to drive both on and off road

7.0
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This is the average score given by leading car publications from 14 reviews
  • Comfortable
  • Well-equipped
  • Decent off-road
  • Third row seats are a bit cramped
  • Not exactly head-turning looks
  • CVT automatic is not as good as rivals with DSG
 

£22,395 - £36,330 Price range

 

5 - 7 Seats

 

44 - 57 MPG

Review

The seven-seater Nissan X-Trail is currently the biggest SUV the firm builds. It’s a good-looking family car that rivals the Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sorento and the Skoda Kodiaq.

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. While there is plenty or room for five adults inside, 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 boot space for a few suitcases.

One of the diesel X-Trail’s most impressive feats is great fuel economy, and it’s capable of nearly 60mpg if you go for the smaller 1.6-litre one. Performance isn’t mind-boggling and that’s true even if you go for the more powerful petrol model, but refinement and running costs are up there with the best in class.

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. Four-wheel-drive models come with selectable driving modes that provide you with decent winter traction, but ultimately the more expensive Land Rover Discovery Sport is the king of the mud in the class.

Even the basic model comes with alloy wheels, cruise control and climate control, but you’ll have to specify the N-Vision trim level to get built-in sat-nav.

Check out the available colours and specific dimensions using our Nissan X-Trail colours and X-Trail dimensions guides.

For its price, the Nissan X-Trail has one of the better interiors you’ll find in the crossover class. It’s not breaking any moulds with the design, but everything is presented clearly and all the controls fall to hand nicely. There are plenty of good quality materials used throughout, so it’s a nice place to spend time.

Nissan X-Trail infotainment

A five-inch touchscreen is standard on all X-Trails, while more expensive models get an upgraded seven-inch system that’s connected to the internet. This upgraded system is about average in class in terms of responsiveness and graphics, but it’s perfectly usable for day-to-day driving.

The seven-inch system also comes with sat-nav as standard and, thanks to the internet connection, the infotainment system can download weather forecasts, locations of fuel stations and many other places of interest. You can also add a range of apps to the infotainment system covering music, social media sites and entertainment. A particularly interesting app is Send-to-Car – you plan and set your destination at home and all the travel information is transmitted through your smartphone onto the car’s system.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto aren’t supported just yet, but expect them to be very soon. In the meantime, you can use the apps provided by Nissan’s app store which admittedly isn’t as populated as Apple’s one and there’s always the X-Trail’s Bluetooth connection and USB port.

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, although 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 1,982 litres of boot space on offer, completely dwarfing those from other rivals, apart from the Skoda Kodiaq that can fit around 100 litres more stuff.

The boot itself is 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 help it tackle steeper inclines.

Four-wheel-drive versions feel more planted in general while two-wheel drive models feel more agile in fast corners thanks to their lower weight. For most 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 more relaxing. If you want more off-road ability along with seven seats then you’ll want to step up to a  Land Rover Discovery Sport, but for the price the Nissan is very competent.

For 2017, a new engine joins the X-Trail range. It’s a 2.0-litre diesel that’s equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox and comes with front-wheel drive as standard. Four-wheel drive is optionally available and so is a CVT automatic gearbox called Xtronic. There are also two 1.6-litre engines, a petrol and a diesel, that move the big seven-seater around without much fuss, provided you don’t fill it to the brim with passengers or luggage.

Nissan X-Trail diesel engines

The entry-level 1.6-litre diesel won’t feel underpowered because despite the small capacity it has 130hp and a healthy 236 lb ft of torque, available from low in the rev range. It sounds a bit grumpy when you ask it to accelerate quickly, but on the motorway it settles down into a cruise quite nicely. Running costs are decent considering the size of the X-Trail – fuel consumption of 57mpg is competitive with rivals, edging the 150hp Skoda Kodiaq diesel by 1mpg.

The new 2.0-litre diesel produces 177hp and should be ideally suited for towing or if you plan to regularly ferry around six passengers. Thanks to the larger capacity of the engine, performance isn’t dented by the added weight of passengers so the official fuel consumption of 48mpg shouldn’t be too difficult to match. The X-Trail, powered by this engine, can tow a braked trailer weighing up to 2,000kg. That’s about average for class, although it’s outdone by the Skoda Kodiaq which can tow 500kg more. For more information about the X-Trail’s towing abilities, check out our X-Trail towing guide.

Nissan X-Trail petrol engine

The 161hp 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine might seem like a less sensible choice than the small diesel thanks to its greater fuel consumption and lower 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 1.6-litre diesel, nor do you need to change gears 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 small diesel’s 57.6mpg.

We aggregate and summarise the most helpful Nissan X-Trail 2.0 dCi 150 reviews from the best publications.

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.

We aggregate and summarise the most helpful Nissan X-Trail 2.0 dCi 173 reviews from the best publications.

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.

These are general, non-engine specific reviews. They give a nice overview of what the car is like, without focusing on just one engine/version.

With its five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP the Nissan X-Trail should be pretty safe. 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 preset driving modes: the front-wheel-drive-only 2WD, the permanently all-wheel-drive Lock or the mid-way Auto setting which only sends power to all wheels 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.

Nissan X-Trail Acenta

The next trim up from standard, Acenta, has tinted windows, a sunroof, climate control, automatic windscreen wipers and a leather steering wheel.

Nissan X-Trail N-Vision

The X-Trail N-Vison comes with chrome roof rails, 19-inch alloy wheels with a gloss black finish and metal pedals. Nissan’s seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with sat-nav, DAB digital radio and a 360 degree parking camera are all standard along with the Smart Vision Pack which incorporates automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and traffic sign recognition.

Nissan X-Trail Tekna

On top of everything mentioned up to this point, top-of-the-range Tekna models add LED headlights, an electric tailgate, self parking, leather upholstery and electric adjustable front seats with heating.

Conclusion

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.

There’s a lot to like about the Nissan X-Trail, and – whilst the car doesn’t excel anywhere – it’s worth checking out if you’re in the market for a large SUV.

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