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Nissan X-Trail SUV - MPG, running costs & CO2

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

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The Nissan X-Trail isn’t the most fuel-efficient SUV on the market, but it’s competitive against its immediate rivals. Its running costs are affected by your choice of gearbox and whether you go for two or four-wheel drive.

Insurance costs are reasonable, with the X-Trail sitting in only marginally higher groups than the Qashqai, but some way below its main competitors. Nissan’s record for reliability is good but not outstanding, yet as it's not a premium brand, servicing costs should be reasonable.

Nissan X-Trail MPG & CO2

The 1.7-litre diesel engine is around £1,300 cheaper than the petrol and is cheaper to run too; it returns up to 47.7mpg and CO2 emissions are 155g/km-161g/km depending on wheel size, for a relatively high Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) rate. When four-wheel drive is fitted, fuel consumption drops to a maximum of 45.1mpg and CO2 emissions climb to between 164 and 205g/km depending on whether you go for a manual or automatic gearbox and the exact spec of the car. Models with an automatic gearbox are less efficient.

The 1.3-litre X-Trail petrol is capable of returning a maximum of between 37-38.5mpg, while CO2 emissions are 166g/km-173g/km. The petrol is offered with two-wheel drive and a dual clutch automatic gearbox only.

After the first year's CO2-based road tax (generally included in the on-the-road price), all Nissan X-Trails cost £150 a year to tax. Those with a list price (including options) of more than £40,000 are liable for an additional surcharge of £325 a year in years two to six, bringing the annual bill to £475 during that period.

Insurance group

A comprehensive array of safety equipment, a low power output and reasonable repair costs mean the X-Trail falls into insurance groups 18 to 20. This looks fair compared to the slightly smaller Qashqai, which sits in groups 14 to 17 and compares favourably with the Kia Sorento, which ranges from groups 21 to 27.


The X-Trail comes with a three-year/60,000-mile warranty. Usefully for a family car, the cover provides a replacement vehicle or hotel accommodation abroad should the car break down. It's not as long a warranty as Kia's seven-year/100,000-mile policy, but it's typical for the industry these days.


Nissan X-Trail service charges are comparable with those of most popular brands such as Ford and Vauxhall. In addition, there's a range of fixed-price service plans available from around £200 a year, which includes updates for the sat-nav system. The brand's 'You+Nissan' customer charter includes a promise to match competitors' service quotes and provide free, continuous roadside assistance with every service.

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