Nissan X-Trail (2014-2017) Review

Seven-seater SUV is easy to drive and spacious

This score is awarded by our team of expert reviewers after extensive testing of the car
  • Comfortable
  • Well-equipped
  • Decent off-road
  • Third row seats are a bit cramped
  • Not exactly head-turning looks
  • Droning CVT automatic gearbox

£20,860 - £37,375 Price range

5 - 7 Seats

39 - 57 MPG


The seven-seater Nissan X-Trail is a large seven-seater SUV. It’s a capable family car that’s an alternative to the Hyundai Santa FeKia 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 of 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 2.0-litre diesel, but refinement and running costs are up there with the best in class.

There’s also a 1.6-litre petrol available but it only makes sense for short town trips – it quickly runs out of breath out on the open road.

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.