Nissan X-Trail SUV
Price £21,995 - £31,820
- Better-looking than old model
- Seven seats are an optional extra
- Key optional extras add up
- Limited engine choice
At a glance
“The latest Nissan X-Trail is leaps and bounds ahead of its predecessor in terms of looks and efficiency.”
While the previous Nissan X-Trail was quite boxy, the latest incarnation of the SUV has a more dynamic and curvy exterior. X-Trail buyers currently have four trims to choose from, starting with the entry-level Visia and moving up to Acenta, n-tec and Tekna.
The one sticking point on all X-Trails, though, is that the seven-seat option is exactly that – an additional extra. However, a panoramic roof makes even the five-seater feel a bit more spacious. This is complemented by versatile second-row seats, which can be individually adjusted forwards and backwards, and also fully recline.
Available with both two and four-wheel drive, the X-Trail is good on and off the road. The advanced 4x4 system actually switches between two and four-wheel drive as needed, so it's not as heavy on fuel as you might expect. The X-Trial also features driving aids like Active Trace Control, which can apply the brakes to individual wheels when cornering for greater stability.
The X-Trail shares many of the virtues that make the smaller Qashqai such a big hit with buyers. It looks good and has a stylish, well-equipped interior. In fact, given its extra space and additional seating, a basic seven-seater X-Trail looks better value than a similarly priced five-seat Qashqai.
This X-Trail's build quality and specification are both much better than the previous model's. All versions feature cruise control, Bluetooth phone connectivity and air-conditioning as standard. The new X–Trail rides and handles better than its predecessor, too, although it leans quite heavily in corners and the steering is a little light.
The X-Trail currently offers a limited choice of engines: either a 1.6-litre DIG-T 163 petrol that's only available as a two-wheel-drive manual or a 1.6-litre dCi 130 diesel. While the latter is available with both two and four-wheel drive with a manual gearbox, if you want Xtronic automatic transmission, you’re limited to the higher-spec two-wheel-drive models.
The car is available with a choice of six-speed manual and CVT automatic transmission. Both are reasonably efficient, although unless you really need it, we'd recommend avoiding the automatic. You can specify your X-Trail with two or four-wheel drive as well. However, although the car has enough ground clearance to tackle light off-roading, it's designed primarily for the road, where two-wheel drive is sufficient – and cheaper to run.
The X-Trail scored the full five stars in its Euro NCAP crash tests and comes with a good package of safety kit. Its predecessor was reliable, but we’d expect this version to be even more so.
The Nissan X-Trail diesel engine does well to achieve reasonable economy and emissions in such a large car
It doesn’t offer boundless performance, but the Nissan X-Trail makes good use of what it has
Nowhere does the new Nissan X-Trail demonstrate how much it’s changed from the previous model than inside
With a seats-up capacity of 550 litres and a seats-down figure of 1,982 litres, the Nissan X-Trail has a huge boot
Even owners of the most basic Nissan X-Trail can rest assured they have some of the most sophisticated safety technology