Nissan X-Trail review
If you’re a fan of the old Nissan X-Trail – and a lot of you, it’s the brand’s best-selling model here here last year – then we’ve got good news for you: the 2017 Series II update This is completely unchanged under the skin.
Instead, Nissan refreshes the exterior, adds some important safety and technology features, and introduces a new diesel engine option for its versatile midsize SUV.
Is there anything interesting about its design? 7/10
It was and still is quite handsome, X-Trail. Sure, it doesn’t cross any design boundary, but it’s neither controversial nor polarized – plus, it’s bound by age, since it hasn’t really changed much since 2014, and it’s still not old.
This time, however, Nissan has redesigned the grille, with a new shield that forms part of the currently protruding contour. There’s also a new design for alloy wheels, along with new taillights and a flat-bottom steering wheel.
Inside, you get what you pay for, with cheap plastics that reduce the tone in entry-level models replaced by soft touch materials and premium feel (along with large multimedia screens more) in more expensive models.
For example, in the entry-level ST, the 5.0-inch screen is surrounded by a hard plastic billboard, while the high-end TI offers a leather and advanced center console, and a dash-stitched leather dashboard. .
How realistic is the inner space? 7/10
Nissan calls its X-Trail “a Swiss army knife in our range – a family-size car that fits perfectly”, and so expects a versatile, usable cabin, regardless of whether you choose five or seven seats.
All trim levels offer two front cups and a bottle holder at the door, along with USB connectivity and a 12-volt charging point in the center console and a second power supply in the center bin. The dials in the driver’s gearbox are similar, but they are separated by a digital display that displays all the usual trip data.
The back seat (or second row) is extremely spacious for the driver the size of a person, even if you choose to go three rounds. But the aircon vents have no temperature control and no power point or USB connection is provided. However, there is room in the bottle doors, and two extra cups are tucked away in the median that pulls down to separate the backseat.
However, things feel a bit disturbed in the third row for seven-seat models, with the rear seats certainly reserved for children. It is tight in the head and leg room, and adults (except for tattoos that may be from Virtual Island) will find it difficult.
The five-seat model offers 565 liters of storage with the second row in place, swell 945 liters with the second row folded flat. Opt for a seven-seater seat, and you’ll get 135 liters of compact with all seats in place, up to 440 liters with the third row folded flat, and a maximum of 825 liters with everything. be flattened.
Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with? 7/10
Good news for X-Trail shoppers: Series II prices, right across the board, are identical or slightly down from sticker prices in 2016.
The range still starts with gasoline-powered ST – $ 27,990- $ 30,490, depending on your engine choice, $ 31,990 for seven seats and $ 32,490 as a four-seater, four-wheel drive (4WD), front climb the ST-L ($ 36,590 for a five-seater, $ 38,090 for a seven-seater and $ 38,590 for a 4-seat 4-wheeler version) before topping with a 4-wheel Ti ($ 44,290) ).
There are still two diesel powered options on offer (both written in pencil for a year to come or later), $ 35,490 TS and $ 47,290 TL.
The ST and TS trio come with 17-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights and taillights, along with rearview mirrors, automatic headlights and some chrome details, including door handles. Inside, expect fabric seats, a flat-bottom steering wheel, button-start and climate control. A tiny, 5.0-inch touchscreen is mounted in the dashboard, paired with six-speaker stereo, but no Apple CarPlay / Android Auto is available anywhere in the range.
Step on the ST-L trim and you’ll add fog lamps, roof rails and mirrors that are heated outside, while your seats are now upholstered in leather and heated in the front. You will also score dual-zone climate control and power steering. Your entertainment options are now controlled via a larger 7.0-inch touchscreen, equipped with sat nav.
The top Ti-spec (or TL, if you’ve opted for a diesel engine), gets 19-inch alloys, adaptive headlights and external sunroof, along with the boot that automatically opens when you wave your foot under it. Inside, you’ll find a heated steering wheel, along with heated seats in the second row. You also get better stereo sound, now an eight-speaker Bose set.
Finally, the late-party diesel engine of the 2.0-liter type that sounds good, will produce 130kW at 3750 rpm and 380Nm at 2000 rpm (a significant increase on the 1.6-liter engine). It is also just CVT and will only be offered in 4WD configuration.
Nissan is also hoping for diesel. Somewhere around 95% of diesel sales in the segment are 4WDs partnering with automatic transmissions – a configuration missing in the current range.
How much fuel does it consume? 7/10
The 2.0-liter petrol engine sips 8.2L / 100km on the required / combined cycle, while emitting 190 grams per km of C02. Larger gasoline, 2.5 liters is actually more efficient, requiring 7.9 liters (8.1 in seven-seat models) to travel the same distance, emitting 183 grams (188 grams if you choose for the third row) each kilometer. Predictably, ticking the 4WD box hurts the economy a bit, increasing that figure to 8.3 liters and 192 grams per kilometer.
The diesel engine comes in just sipping 6.0 or 6.1L / 100km, depending on the trim level and emits 158g / km C02.
What does it like to drive? 6/10
Nissan obviously thought it was a good thing with its X-Trail, and so didn’t get confused with the formula too much. Or at all, for that matter.
In fact, except for the new diesel engine that hasn’t touched our shores, nothing has changed under the skin.
But that is probably not a bad thing. We spent most of our time on the high-end Ti model, powered by a bigger 2.5-liter petrol engine and 4WD, and it’s an incredibly cute setup, providing its power in a The line remains constant, while its confident suspension will shut down all but the worst bumps on the road, and try to handle most corners without turning the X-Trail into a tall ship at sea. .