New Nissan X-Trail SUV

From £23,390

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Gearbox

Automatic or Manual

Seats

5

Doors

5

Boot size

The Auto Trader verdict
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3.8
The Nissan X-Trail is a sensible and practical family car that will keep everyone comfortable. It's got loads of safety kit, plenty of handy storage areas for everyone's bits and bobs, and it can cope with a bit of light off-roading if you find yourself on an adventure. However, if you’re after more style and driving excitement, you’ll want to take a look at a Mazda CX-5, and for a proper seven-seater with lots of room and value for money, the Skoda Kodiaq.

Pros

  • Very spacious five-seater
  • Good fuel economy
  • Comfortable ride

Cons

  • Optional extra seats too small for adults
  • Top spec models pricey
  • Not particularly exciting to drive

Full review

By Rachael Hogg   Tuesday 05 December 2017

How good does it look?
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4/5

The X-Trail sits alongside Nissan’s other SUVs, the Juke and Qashqai, and you can definitely the Qashqai influence from the front of the X-Trail. The full X-Trail range is smart, with alloy wheels and LED daytime running lights standard on the basic Visia models. Step up to Acenta trim and you also get tinted rear windows, and front foglights, while N-Connecta adds roof rails and 18-inch alloys, and the flagship Tekna model has LED headlights, 19-inch alloy wheels, and chrome bits on the side.

What's the interior like?
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4/5

The changes to the 2017 facelifted model include a couple of tweaks to the styling, and a new flat-bottomed steering wheel, for ease of getting in and out. While everything feels solidly built in the cabin, and the various controls are all laid out logically and are easy to reach, it’s not quite as smart as a Kia Sorento.

The driving position is good, with plenty of adjustment on the driver’s seat and steering wheel, as well as generous head- and leg-room, and there’s a decent view out.

Most buyers opt for the higher N-Connecta or Tekna trim. On these you get a 7.0-inch touch-screen infotainment system with sat-nav as standard. It’s relatively easy to get your head around, but it does look a bit dated compared with other systems. The more basic Visia and Acenta trims come with a 5.0-inch touch-screen system.

How practical is it?
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4/5

The regular X-Trail comes as a five-seater, but on every model you can get an optional pair of seats in the back, turning the car into an MPV rival. However, if you’ve got adults in the front and middle seats – who all have excellent head- and legroom – there is not a lot of room in the third row, so it’s one just for the kids and occasional use. There’s loads of storage for everyone’s bits and bobs though, including a big central cubbyhole, a decent-sized glovebox, and cupholders.

The 60/40 split middle row of seats slides backwards and forwards, and reclines, so you can choose to maximise either boot space – 565 litres with the seats up, 1996 with them down – or people space. You can also move the floor panels in the boot around in nine different ways to hide or secure your luggage. The boot space is bigger than the Mazda CX-5, but smaller than the Skoda Kodiaq, and Kia Sorento.

The X-Trail also comes with a very handy electric tailgate (standard on N-Connecta upwards), so you can kick your foot under the rear bumper to open the boot if your hands are full.

What's it like to drive?
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3/5

The X-Trail is a big car, and it does feel big on the road. When you’re driving around bends, there is a lot of body roll, and you feel like you need to turn the steering wheel a lot to get around corners. However, the steering is light, which is handy for driving around town and manoeuvring.

The suspension is soft, so the car is generally very comfortable, which will be more important to X-Trail buyers than handling. Large lumps and bumps are dealt with well, and it feels really settled on dual carriageways and motorways, so it’ll be a good long-distance car.

With the optional four-wheel drive system, it will only usually send power to the front two-wheels in most situations, but you can switch it to four-wheel-drive lock mode if you’re doing a bit of light off-roading – so it can cope better with muddy tracks and slopes. You're not going to want to take it extreme off-roading though.

How powerful is it?
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3/5

The X-Trail comes with a choice of three engines, two diesels and a petrol. With the diesels, you’ve got the option of a 1.6- (130PS) or 2.0-litre (177PS) engine, paired with a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox, and two- or four-wheel drive. The 2.0-litre diesel gets a bit noisy when you work it hard, but most of the time it won’t bother you.

Most buyers will likely opt for the lower powered 1.6-litre diesel though, due to its lower running costs. And it’s certainly got enough power to still feel lively, unless you’ll be using the car for towing often. If the revs drop down below 1,750rpm, you’ll have to drop it down a couple of gears if you want to move at any speed, but after that you won’t have any trouble.

There is also the option of a 1.6-litre (163PS) petrol engine. It’s pretty smooth and quiet, but it does feel more laboured than the diesel engines. Unless you’re only going to drive your X-Trail around town, stick to one of the diesels. The petrol engine is also only available with two-wheel drive and a manual gearbox.

How much will it cost me?
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4/5

Across the range, every X-Trail returns good fuel economy. The 1.6-litre diesel averages comfortably more than 50mpg, and emits less than 140g/km of CO2, while the basic two-wheel drive models with a manual gearbox average close to 60mpg.

The petrol engine isn't as economical, but its average of around 45mpg is still pretty impressive for a car this big. Nissan has also worked hard to cut the costs of maintenance and insurance, and this X-Trail is expected to retain a higher proportion of its value than previous versions. However, while the equivalent model X-Trail will cost you a few thousand less than a Mazda CX-5, Kia Sorento, or Skoda Kodiaq, those models will still hold on to a higher proportion of their value.

How reliable is it?
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4/5

The Warranty Direct’s Reliability Index – which ranks manufacturers according to their reliability record – shows that Nissan sits comfortably in the top half of the manufacturer standings, while previous versions of the X-Trail rate above average for mechanical dependability. Nissan’s three-year/60,000-mile warranty is relatively standard, but it’s not great if you compare it with Kia’s generous seven-year/100,000-mile warranty on the Sorento.

How safe is it?
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4/5

There’s a good level of standard safety equipment across the range, with every model having six airbags, a tyre pressure monitoring system, Isofix child seat points in the rear, and hill hold assist. The 2014 X-Trail scored a maximum five stars when tested by safety organisation Euro NCAP, but if it were re-tested today, it would probably lose a star as automatic emergency braking is not standard across the range.

On Visia and Acenta models, you need to specify the optional Smart Vision Pack to add traffic sign recognition, lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian recognition, and front and rear parking sensors.

All the safety kit comes as standard on N-Connecta and Tekna trims however. N-Connecta also gets you a 360-degree camera which helps with parking. Top Tekna trim adds blind spot warning, moving object detection, rear cross traffic alert, which helps if you’re reversing into traffic, and high beam assist.

How much equipment do I get?
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4/5

No version of the X-Trail is poorly equipped, and even the most basic Visia models have air-conditioning, cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity and DAB radio, a 5.0-inch colour touch-screen, all-round electric windows and mirrors, and an electric parking brake.

Step up to Acenta and you also get six speakers, fancier air-conditioning, automatic lights and wipers, an anti-dazzle rear view mirror, driver lumbar support, and a panoramic roof and leather steering wheel and gear knob.

N-Connecta brings some extra tech, including a larger 7.0-inch touch-screen with improved infotainment system, and a hands-free tailgate.

At the top of the range, Tekna models have leather upholstery, electrically adjustable and heated seats, a premium Bose sound system with eight speakers, and an automatic parking system.

Why buy?
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4/5

Because you want a spacious and comfortable five-seater with the option of seven seats, that has plenty of space for storing luggage and bits if you’re off on a family adventure. You also want something with a decent level of safety kit, and a car that can tackle the odd bit of light off-roading. It's up against some tough competition though, including the likes of the Skoda Kodiaq and Mazda CX-5.

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X-Trail

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