The Nissan X-Trail is a medium-sized SUV that gives a measure of off-road capability to what is a practical family car with the capacity to seat up to 7 people. Adding to its appeal is the fact the X-Trail is based on the most popular SUV in Britain today – the very capable Nissan Qashqai.
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This model’s capacity to seat 7 is a big pull as far as practicality goes, but the X-Trail is not the largest vehicle in its class. In a 7-seater configuration, alternatives such as the Skoda Kodiaq and Kia Sorento offer more space. That said, it has a useful 445 litres of boot space when those 3rd row seats are folded flat.
The 5-seater model has even more cargo-carrying capacity at 565 litres. In either configuration, passengers in the first 2 rows will have no problem getting comfortable – when you fold that 2nd row flat, it opens up a huge 1,996 litres of load space. That’s enough to load a couple of mountain bikes without having to remove their front wheels.
Another area where the X-Trail excels is the sheer number of smart storage solutions all around the cabin. The door bins are big enough for large bottles in the front and there are 2 more cupholders in the centre console if you get really thirsty. A glovebox and storage area under the centre armrest lets you keep your valuables out of sight.
The rear door pockets are slightly smaller but a set of cupholders are built into the back of the centre seat backrest. In 7-seat models, there’s even a small storage compartment and cupholder for the kids and the boot has a split partition with movable compartments, so that your shopping and luggage don’t roll around.
The diesel power unit offers up to a combined 47.7mpg when equipped with front-wheel drive and a manual gearbox. The all-wheel-drive system and automatic transmission bring the average down to 37.6mpg, so we wouldn’t opt for this layout unless you regularly head to the hills and need the extra traction.
The slightly smoother petrol engine is only available as an automatic with front-wheel drive and it should deliver up to 38.5mpg in mixed driving conditions. That is a decent result and not far off the diesel’s 40.5mpg with the same drivetrain configuration. The slightly heavier 7-seat configuration exacts a very small penalty of less than 1mpg overall.
Nissan X-Trail Models Available
The Nissan X-Trail Vs Competitors
A sharp exterior design, its off-road capability, and plenty of cargo space make it a strong contender among competitors.
The Volkswagen Tiguan (the 7-seater version is called the Allspace) is solidly built, while the Peugeot 5008 has one of the best cabins in the class. The Kia Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe both offer hybrid engines – and if your budget stretches further, premium 5-seater rivals like the Audi Q3 and BMW X3 are also on offer.
The X-Trail has not had the best record in terms of reliability, but most complaints were levelled at the pre-updated versions. The current X-Trail is based on the popular Nissan Qashqai which is a reliable vehicle. All Nissan cars come with a 3-year/60,000-mile warranty.
The Nissan X-Trail has 445 litres of space in 7-seater configuration and 565 litres with 5 seats. With all the seats down, the space expands to 1996 litres. That’s more than the VW Tiguan Allspace but slightly less than the massive 2150 litres offered by the huge Peugeot 5008.
There are 7 trim levels available. While the top N-Design and Tekna offer a whole host of extras, the sweet spot in the range is the Acenta Premium. This mid-level trim offers the upgraded 7-inch infotainment system and panoramic sunroof – both are worth having.
Yes, all X-Trails have rear parking sensors. Depending on the trim, you also get a surround-view camera and a parking assist system that can physically park the car for you.
The Nissan X-Trail has a spacious cabin that can seat up to 7 occupants. The centre seat in the 2nd row is narrower than on some rivals and the 3rd-row seats are a tight fit for anyone who is old enough to read. Cargo space is among the best in class when the seats are folded and the cabin is packed with storage solutions.
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Benefits Of The Nissan X-Trail
If you’re looking for a SUV that performs as well off the road as it does on the school run, you won’t be disappointed with the Nissan X-Trail.
The car itself isn’t quite as large as some of the biggest SUVs on the market but with 7 seats, an abundance of storage cubbies and up to 1,996 litres of load space, there’s plenty of room for passengers and luggage alike.
Throw in a quality cabin featuring some top tech and impressive engine efficiency, and it’s easy to see why leasing a Nissan X-Trail is such a popular choice.
The X-Trail has been on sale since 2014 but regular updates and a facelift in 2017 have kept things fresh in the cabin. The high seating position allows for plenty of adjustment, and the panoramic sunroof fitted to all but the base model brightens up the interior.
The updated interior comes standard with a 5-inch touchscreen (7-inch on upper trims) and while satnav is optional, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come as standard, meaning you can just as easily sync your smartphone instead. Overall quality in the X-Trail is good but not as impressive as in the class-leading Volkswagen Tiguan.
The layout of primary controls is intuitive and logical, and you can still access most common functions – such as climate control – using physical buttons. The X-Trail still has analogue instrument dials, where newer rivals like the Peugeot 5008 and VW Tiguan Allspace can be had with digital displays.
The focus of the Nissan X-Trail is on comfort and confident handling – two traits you will appreciate when taking advantage of the car’s off-road potential. The comfortable suspension and light controls make it easy to drive in any situation.
All trims also come standard with ‘Chassis Control’, a suite of electronic aids that help keep the car stable around corners and over rougher road surfaces. A range of self-driving systems called ProPilot makes for a more relaxed driving experience on the motorway and in heavy traffic.
You can choose from a 160hp 1.3-litre petrol or 150hp 1.7-litre diesel engine. Both offer sufficient performance, although the torquier diesel feels more capable when the X-Trail is fully loaded. The diesel version is also available with all-wheel drive, giving it an advantage over slippery road surfaces compared to the front-wheel-drive models.
The petrol engine is mated to an automatic transmission, while the diesel can also be had with a manual transmission. Although the manual is pleasant to use, we would opt for the automatic here as it better suits the laid-back nature of the X-Trail.
Nissan X-Trail SUV
The X-Trail is available solely as a midsized 5-door SUV. It can be had in either 5- or 7-seat layouts. The 7-seat option reduces boot space and the rear seats are best reserved for smaller children.
Trim levels available: Visia, Acenta Premium, N-Connecta, N-Design, Tekna.
The X-Trail is relatively well-specced even in base Visia trim. You get 17-inch alloy wheels, a 5-inch infotainment system with Bluetooth and smartphone connectivity, air conditioning, and electric windows front and rear.