Review

Nissan X-Trail SUV

Price  £21,995 - £32,780

Nissan X-Trail SUV

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Efficient
  • Spacious
  • Stylish design
Cons
  • Seven seats are an optional extra
  • Key optional extras add up
  • Limited engine choice

At a glance

Our Pick
n-tec dCi 130 2WD 5dr £28,325
The greenest
Visia dCi 130 2WD 5dr £23,745
The cheapest
Visia DIG-T 163 2WD 5dr £21,995
The fastest
Visia DIG-T 163 2WD 5dr £21,995
Top of the range
Tekna Style dCi 130 4WD 5dr £32,780

“The latest Nissan X-Trail is leaps and bounds ahead of its predecessor in terms of looks and efficiency.”

This latest incarnation of the Nissan X-Trail SUV has a very 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.

Although the seven-seat version is an option, it won't cost you anything extra (except for a little bit of boot space). 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 both feel up there with some of the class best. 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.

There is currently a limited choice of engines available in the X-Trail: 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. 

It's available with a choice of six-speed manual and CVT automatic transmissions. 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. We expect it's going to be pretty reliable, too.

MPG, running costs & CO2

4.1 / 5

The Nissan X-Trail diesel engine does well to achieve reasonable economy and emissions in such a large car

Engines, drive & performance

3.4 / 5

It doesn’t offer boundless performance, but the Nissan X-Trail makes good use of what it has

Interior & comfort

3.8 / 5

Nowhere does the new Nissan X-Trail demonstrate how much it’s changed from the previous model than inside

Practicality & boot space

4.1 / 5

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

Reliability & safety

4 / 5

Even owners of the most basic Nissan X-Trail can rest assured they have some of the most sophisticated safety technology

What the others say

3.7 / 5
based on 3 reviews
3 / 5
“The Nissan X-Trail continues Nissan's fine run of recent form in building family-friendly crossovers.”
4 / 5
“The Nissan X-Trail is cheaper to buy and run than most direct rivals and comes with plenty of standard equipment.”
4 / 5
“It's more of a bigger replacement for the Qashqai +2 than a bona fide ‘new X-Trail’ in the traditional sense – it's far less utilitarian.”
What owners say 
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3.3 /5 based on 9 reviews
56%
 of people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated 
22 Jan 2016
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