0 - 62 mph11.5s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2164 g/km


Can Nissan's X-Trail SUV make family sense? June Neary decides.

Will It Suit Me?

No one's pretending anymore. Family-sized lifestyle SUVs never go off road. And if they ever did, it would have to be on something very easy. I know. I once tried to take a Nissan X-Trail over a dirt trail and ended up scraping the exhaust. As I probably would have done with most of its Honda CR-V/RAV4-style rivals. No, these are school run family estates. And they're none the worse for that. Buyers like me love the elevated driving position, the chunky looks and the feeling that if we wanted to chase buffalos across the Serengeti, then we could. So where does all that leave Nissan's improved third generation X-Trail, a car I've been trying? Basically, it had to become more car-like if it was to meet the challenge being laid down by a host of new rivals. So Nissan has obliged. There's more equipment, a smarter interior and even some semi-autonomous driving capability.


The bold setsquare lines of the X-Trail are classic SUV. The designers have steered clear of the sleeker, curvier shapes favoured by the car-like crossover breed in favour of the tall and the chunky. In place of the bluff, squared-off shape of the earlier versions, this enhanced MK3 model looks sleeker, hints of the popular Qashqai mixed with a dipping roofline, deeply sculpted flanks and a rising waistline. Move inside and the first impressions of my family and I were good. The rear doors open widely to over 80-degrees for easier access and at first glance, the cabin looks as spacious as the cold statistics promise. Passengers in the centre of the car who don't need to worry about third row folk can kick back and stretch out. The extra 60mm of length between the wheels that this car enjoys over its Qashqai stablemate enables it to offer class-leading standards of legroom that's further aided by deeply sculpted front seat backs. And up front? Well, back at the turn of the century in the original first generation version of this car, Nissan's designers went all quirky, with centrally-mounted dials, a proudly protruding centre stack and weird seat fabrics. Since then, the brand has learnt a few lessons about buyers in this segment: they may like to make a little bit of a statement when it comes to exterior styling, but when it comes to the interior, conservative quality tends to be the preferred approach. So that's exactly what's served up in this X-Trial, with most of the design and functionality borrowed from its Qashqai stablemate.

Behind the Wheel

The range as a whole provides a choice of two or four-wheel drive configurations, but doesn't offer many options beneath the bonnet. Yes, you can talk to your dealer about a 163PS 1.6-litre DIG-T turbocharged petrol engine, but hardly any buyers choose it. The core engine is Nissan's powerful but frugal 1.6-litre dCi 130 diesel, optionally mated to an XTronic CVT gearbox. This unit delivers plenty of pulling power (320Nm of torque) and is decently refined, so should be at home on or off the beaten track. Alternatively, buyers can opt for a pokier 177PS 2.0-litre dCi unit.

Value For Money

X-Trail pricing isn't quite as inexpensive as it used to be but this Nissan remains one of the more affordable choices you can make if you're looking at a mid-sized SUV in this segment with space for up to seven people. Prices sit in the £23,500 to £40,000 bracket common to this class of car - which represents a premium of around £3,000 over what you'd pay for a slightly smaller five-seat Nissan Qashqai SUV with the same powerplant, the same spec and virtually all the same engineering. In contrast to some its rivals, the X-Trail doesn't include seven seats as standard; you have to pay an extra £1,000 for those with mainstream models - or £660 more if you go for this top leather-lined 'Tekna' trim level that around half of all X-Trail buyers choose. As usual with Nissan, at the bottom of the range there's an entry-level 'Visia' spec, which offers a choice of either an entry-level 1.6-litre DIG-T petrol unit or, for a premium of just under £1,500, a 1.6-litre dCi 130 diesel. Most buyers ignore this poverty option though because it doesn't include the choice of either four wheel drive or Xtronic automatic transmission, both these features being limited to diesel models further up the range. Provided you can stretch to 'Acenta' trim, plusher 'N-Connecta' spec or a top 'Tekna' model like this one, you get the full range of options across an engine range widened to include a 177PS 2.0-litre dCi diesel for those prepared to stomach a £3,150 increase over the cost of the 1.6-litre dCi unit. Four-wheel drive adds £1,900 to the cost of a front-driven model. And Xtronic auto transmission is offered at a £1,450 premium over a manual variant. Plus, for the first time in the X-Trail line-up, this facelifted third generation allows buyers to mate four wheel drive and the Xtronic gearbox together, provided they're prepared to stump up for the larger 2.0-litre dCi engine.

Could I Live With One?

I might struggle to justify the premium being asked over a conventional spacious family estate. But then that comment applies to virtually every car in the 7-seat D-Segment SUV class. Viewed against its peers, this X-TRAIL stacks up well. If you're looking for a car of this kind, it's one you'll need to consider.

  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Rain sensing windscreen wipers

  • Electric parking brake
  • Intelligent emergency braking with pedestrian recognition
  • Electronic Brakeforce Distribution + Brake Assist
  • Electronic Stability Programme + traction control
  • Anti-lock brake system

  • Nissan chassis control (intelligent ride control, intelligent trace control, intelligent engine brake)

  • Bluetooth with microphone

  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Intelligent around view monitor
  • Driver attention alert system
  • Power assisted steering
  • Cruise control + speed limiter
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Front and rear parking sensors

  • Push button start
  • One touch automatic opening power tailgate

  • High definition full colour TFT screen combimeter
  • New NissanConnect 7" touchscreen navigation and entertainment system
  • Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android auto
  • Trip computer

  • Electric folding door mirrors
  • Anti dazzle rear view mirror
  • Electric heated mirrors with side turn signal light
  • Metallic black door mirrors

  • DAB/AM/FM/CD Audio system with 6 speakers
  • Rear USB port
  • USB/aux input socket
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls

  • Chrome window surround
  • Chrome door handles
  • Black roof rails
  • Shark fin antenna
  • Panoramic sunroof with one touch shade
  • N-Tec badge
  • Rear kicking plate
  • Dark V motion grille

  • Automatic headlights
  • Halogen headlights
  • Front fog lights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • High beam assist

  • Dual zone automatic air conditioning with pollen filter

  • Front row ventilated cupholders
  • Luggage board system
  • Front and rear door pockets with bottle holders
  • Leather D shaped steering wheel
  • Leather steering wheel and gear knob
  • Tilt/telescopic adjustable steering wheel
  • Centre console storage box/armrest
  • Front/rear armrests
  • Cloth upholstery

  • Individual rear reading lights

  • Child locks on rear doors
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Seatbelt warning
  • 3 point seatbelts on all seats
  • 6 airbags - Driver, front passenger, curtain and side airbags

  • 3 rear headrests
  • 60:40 rear split folding, reclining and sliding bench
  • Manually adjustable driver's seat (side, recline, lifter, lumbar)
  • Manually adjustable passenger (slide recline + lifter)
  • ISOFIX childseat anchorage points (rear)
  • Height adjustable front headrests

  • Engine immobiliser
  • Intelligent Key
  • Remote control door locking with superlocking
  • Thatcham alarm

  • 18" Black Alloy Wheels

  • Spare wheel

  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC: 0.01
  • NOx: 0.06
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 164

  • Engine Code: HR13
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
  • Transmission: AUTO
  • Gears: 7 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 72.2
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 81.3
  • CC: 1332

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 39.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 7.2

  • Generation Mark: 3
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 17E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 18000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: 90000
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: 60
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 88
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 83
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 69
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 79
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 158
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: N-Design
  • Coin Description: DiG-T
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12

  • Engine Power - KW: 116
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 199
  • Engine Torque - NM: 270
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1800
  • Engine Power - BHP: 158
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 11.5
  • Top Speed: 121
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 27.5

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Tyre Size Front: 225/60 R18
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Tyre Size Rear: 225/60 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: FULL SIZE
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY

  • Width (including mirrors): 2060
  • Height: N
  • Height (including roof rails): 1740
  • Length: 4690
  • Width: 1830
  • Wheelbase: 2705

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1520
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1985
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 60
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1500
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 465
  • Max. Roof Load: 100

  • Special metallic paint: £745
  • Metallic paint: £575
  • Pearlescent paint: £745
  • Solid paint: Included

  • Metallic - Gun metal: £575
  • Metallic - Universal Silver: £575
  • Metallic - Ebisu Black: £575

  • Pearl - Storm white: £745
  • Pearl - Monarch Orange: £745
  • Pearl - Picador brown: £745
  • Pearl - Palatial Ruby: £745

  • Solid - Chilli pepper: £0

  • Premium metallic - Sapphire blue: £745

  • Cloth - Black: £0

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