Nissan X-Trail Review

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Nissan X-Trail

The Nissan X-Trail has received a facelift from its older self. It’s bigger. It’s bolder. It’s more muscular. Giving its Qashqai SUV relative a good run for its money.

It’s just unfortunate Nissan hasn’t really given its entry-level X-Trail Acenta trim much to shout home about. This means you’ll have to pay a bit extra for the better-equipped N-Connecta model.

“From the outside, the X-Trail is up there in the attractive SUV market, with vast colour options letting you choose between a dark off-roader or bright city slicker.”

Cameron Hale, Moneyshake Car Reviewer

Interior

Inside the X-Trail is a lot comfier and more spacious compared to the Qashqai thanks to an increase in size. This means that taller passengers in the back will benefit from extra knee and headroom. There’s also the ability to adjust their seat forwards and backwards.

The SUV is available as either a five or seven-seater car, with an optional 50/50 split-folding third row to carry two more passengers. However, it should be noted that this will dramatically affect the size of your X-Trail’s boot capacity, but we’ll talk about that later.

The X-Trail is also fresh and modern on the inside – much like other models from the Japanese manufacturer. Even the cloth seats feel premium along with the finishes and trims on the dash.

Infotainment and tech

As standard on the N-Connecta is a 7″ touchscreen infotainment system with Nissan Connect EVO satnav. With it is a 360-degree colour camera for around-the-car monitoring. You’ll also get Nissan’s ever-popular smart key.

Tech featured on the X-Trail may not compare to the likes of the Peugeot 5008, however there’s a lot to like about what comes with this car.

For example, the N-Connecta models and above have Nissan’s ‘Smart Vision Pack’ as standard. It includes front and rear parking sensors, intelligent pedestrian front emergency braking, lane departure warning, and traffic sign recognition. On top of this, all-round camera mentioned before includes a handy moving object detection feature, which gives audio and visual warnings should you not see a pedestrian or car while manoeuvring.

Practicality

Boot capacity is a deal-breaker when it comes to these family cars, so how does the X-Trail fair in this regard?

Well, the answer is that it’s more than sufficient when it comes to a practicality test, though its rivals do it better.

A standard five-seater X-Trail has a 565-litre capacity, while the seven-seater has a mere 445-litre in comparison. An adjustable boot floor is standard on all models. This is great in preventing a huge load lip, which can be awkward when going to lift heavy items in the back.

If you want exemplary space in your next car, you’ll have better luck with the Skoda Kodiaq. It’s one of the most practical vehicles in its class, with seven-seater versions still getting 231 litres in the cargo. Drop the extra two spaces and you’ll get a massive 720-litre load bay. This isn’t to mention the endless cubby spaces the vehicle has which is typical of the brand’s family-friendly mantra.

On the road

Like the Qashqai, the X-Trail comes in a range of engine choices for both diesel and petrol lovers, as well as two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive options across the range.

There’s a 1.6 litre petrol and diesel engine, both producing 160bhp and 128bhp respectively. While the petrol engine is punchier, there’s a 2.0 litre diesel four-wheel drive option which tops the performance range. It produces an impressive 174bhp while returning around 50mpg, according to Nissan. If you’re someone who drives a lot of miles, consider this engine but with the Xtronic automatic transmission. This will make long-distance journeys much more of a breeze.

Still in two minds about which vehicle to choose next? Then be sure to check out our latest car reviews for the Nissan Qashqai and Skoda Kodiaq.

Alternatively, you can find the best price on a brand-new X-Trail with our latest Nissan X-Trail lease deals.

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