Nissan X-Trail

4/5
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Verdict

As we all know, Nissan released the new Qashqai back in 2013 and since then it has been receiving rave reviews. Unfortunately, the manufacturer decided not to release a +2 version. However, they have decided to leave the seven seats to the latest version of the Nissan X Trail. Many people are now referring to the new X Trail as the Qashqai +2 and to be fair, it’s no bad thing to be compared to the Qashqai. The new X Trail is similar in many ways to its smaller brother. It has many of the same design cues inside and out. It looks good.

Performance

When Nissan released the latest generation of X Trail one of the changes was a new engine. The old engine was a 2.0 litre gas guzzler, but it did offer a nice 150 bhp. The new engine is a 1.6 litre turbocharged 4 cylinder offering. On-paper it offers 130 bhp and a maximum speed of 180 km/h. Like the Qashqai, this diesel engine isn’t the quickest off the mark and it gives 0-100 km/h in 11 seconds. This 1.6 litre diesel is the only engine available in this country. It’s more economical than the last engine.

Ride & Handling

The X Trail’s suspension is excellently set up and it handles bumps and road imperfections brilliantly. It soaks them right up. On the downside this vehicle does suffer a lot from body roll on corners. At lower speeds the steering offers good feedback but at higher speeds it should offer a bit more to the driver. The X Trail is available with two-wheel drive, 2-wheel drive Xtronic and four-wheel drive.

Refinement

The X Trail is a very refined machine but again comparisons have to be made with the Qashqai. The X Trail is not as well-padded and it lets in a little bit more noise than its smaller, and younger, sibling. The diesel engine can be loud too, but this only when the foot is put to the floor. In cities and at cruising speeds the engine noise is settled though.

Quality & Reliability

Like with the Pulsar and the Qashqai, the interior of the X Trail has a lot of plastic. However, the manufacturer does a good job in not making it look cheap. The infotainment system is easy to use. The driver’s seat is easily adjustable, as is the steering wheel. Depending on the trim you opt for you will also find nice leather finishes, etc.

Safety & Security

Like in the Qashqai, Nissan has taken safety very seriously in the X Trail. In 2014 this machine was awarded a full five stars in the Euro NCAP. They scored 86% for adult occupancy and 83% for child occupancy. Pedestrian safety scored a very high 75%. The vehicle is packed with safety systems including Lane Departure Warning and Blind Spot Recognition. It also offers Forward Emergency Braking – if this vehicle senses an imminent crash it automatically applies the brakes.

Space & Practicality

The X Trail offers plenty of space to both the front and the back. The car is available as a five-seater or as a seven-seater. If you do opt for seats six and seven don’t expect enough room for two adults back there. These seats are perfect for small kids only. With these two seats folded away the space on offer in the boot is excellent.

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Key Facts

Make

Nissan

Model
X-Trail
Variant
1.6 DSL XE
Trim
XE
Car Category
SUV
First Launched
2014
Engine (L)
1.6
Gearbox Type
Manual
Gears
6 Xpeed
Fuel type
Diesel
Body Type
SUV
Price New
€32,150
CBG Expert Rating
4.0

Running Costs

Tax
€270
Tax Band
B1
L/100km Combined
4.9
Average km/L
20.4
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
60
Fuel Tank Range
1224 km
Cost of filling a tank
€73.14
Average Cost Per 200 km
€11.95
CO2 emmissions
129 g/km
CO2 emmissions standard
EU6

Performance

Brake Horsepower
128 bhp
Max Power kW
95
Displacement - CC (Engine)
1598
Engine Cylinders
4
Engine Position
Front, transversely
Number of valves
4
Driven Wheels
Front
Aspiration
Turbo Charged
Top speed
188 (km/h)
Acceleration(0-100 km/h)
10.5 s
L/100km Urban
5.70 L
L/100km Extra Urban
4.50 L

Space & Practicality

Body Type
SUV
Doors
5
Seats
5
Boot capacity
550 L
Automatic Parking
No
Bluetooth
Yes
Cruise Control
Yes
Folding Rear Seats
60:40 Split
Front Cup Holders
Yes
Height Adjustable Seats
Yes
Parking Sensors
No
Power Steering
Electric speed sensitive power steering
Rear Cup Holders
No
Reversing Camera
No
USB Connectivity
Yes

Warranty

All Components
3 Year warranty
Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
3 Year warranty
Car Body
6 to 12 Years warranty
Paintwork
3 Year warranty
Mileage
100000
Roadside Assistance
3 Year Roadside Assistance

Safety

Euroncap Star Rating
5
Hill Hold Assist System
Hill Start Assist

Interior Comfort

Air Conditioning
Yes

Dimensions

Boot capacity
550 L
Wheels
Front wheel drive
Tyre size front
225/65 R17 mm
Tyre size back
225/65 R17 mm
Rim size
7.0J x 17; 7.0J x 19 mm
Length
4643 mm
Width
1820 mm
Height
1695 mm
Wheel Base
2705 mm
Front Track (mm)
1695
Rear Track (mm)
1575
Kerb weight
1500 KG
Max trailer Weight (Kg)
2090
Turning circle (m)
11.2

Technical Information

Engine Configuration
Inline
Engine Type
Front, transversely
Fuel Delivery
Diesel Commonrail
Front Suspension
Independent type McPherson
Rear Suspension
Multi-link independent
Front Brakes
Ventilated discs
Rear Brakes
Disc
Steering
Steering rack
Power
128 bhp