The original Nissan X-Trail was launched way back in 2001, and came as one of the first ‘crossover’ cars on the market. Fast forward to today, and that segment is bigger than ever – though the X-Trail still remains. This latest one brings more technology and better refinement, but can it do enough to stay in the game?
The X-Trail is certainly a chunky looking thing, with a variety of styling touches – such as the chrome grille and LED running lights – helping it stand out from the crowd. Large alloy wheels fill the arches nicely, while chromed roof rails give the X-Trail a ‘go-anywhere’ look.
There are just three engines to choose from – a 1.6-litre petrol, a 1.6-litre diesel and a larger 2.0-litre diesel. Only the diesels are available with an optional CTV automatic gearbox, with the petrol featuring just a six-speed manual. That smaller diesel is the best choice in terms of economy, returning up to 57.6mpg on a combined cycle and emitting 130g/km CO2.
The interior of the X-Trail is a generally spacious place to be. The seats are wide and comfortable, and it feels like somewhere you could spend a good deal of time. There are a couple of negatives, however – these buttons, for instance, don’t feel that good while the infotainment system doesn’t operate even half as good as competitor options. That said, the main dials are clear and easy to read, which does help to improve things.
There’s a good amount of boot space to be found in the X-Trail, too, with 565 litres with the seats up, and 1,996 litres with them folded down.
The Nissan X-Trail brings a number of positives to the table. It’s smartly designed, well specced inside and is available with an economical range of engines. However, its interior feels outdated compared to current rivals, and this does bring the car’s appeal down. That said, it still remains a capable and, with prices starting at £23,385, relatively good value for money.