Search

Norwich Weather

Rain

Rain

max temp: 7°C

min temp: 1°C

Facelifted Nissan X-Trail combines looks and ability

Nissan X-Trail gets aesthetic tweaks and latest family grille for a more rugged look. Picture: Nissan

Nissan X-Trail gets aesthetic tweaks and latest family grille for a more rugged look. Picture: Nissan

Nissan

Nissan’s facelifted X-Trail has landed in the UK. Ryan Hirons heads to Snowdonia to find out what it’s like.

Facelifted Nissan X-Trail is a real family hauler with a smart new look and technology tweaks. Picture: Nissan Facelifted Nissan X-Trail is a real family hauler with a smart new look and technology tweaks. Picture: Nissan

The new Nissan X-Trail is actually a facelift of a generation introduced in 2014. Since then it’s become the world’s most popular sport utility vehicle with 766,000 sales so no need for a completely fresh car.

It sits alongside the Qashqai in Nissan’s SUV line-up, offering a more go-anywhere option.

What’s new?

Nissan X-Trail cabin uses high-quality materials. Picture: Nissan Nissan X-Trail cabin uses high-quality materials. Picture: Nissan

The most noticeable new features are aesthetic tweaks, for a more rugged appearance, and Nissan’s latest angular family grille.

Interior upgrades, aimed at a more premium feel, include a new D-shaped steering wheel, heated front and middle seats and a redesigned central armrest.

New technology includes a hands-free tailgate, Bose audio system and improved hill-start assist.

Large boot and option of seven seats makes Nissan X-Trail a serious family wagon. Picture: Nissan Large boot and option of seven seats makes Nissan X-Trail a serious family wagon. Picture: Nissan

Under the bonnet

Three turbo engines — 163PS 1.6-litre petrol and 130PS 1.6 and 177PS 2.0-litre diesel.

The manual-only 1.6-litre petrol, with 240Nm of torque, can hit 62mph in 9.7 seconds and 124mph with official combined MPG of 45.6 and 145g/km of CO2.

The 1.6-litre diesel, also with CVT automatic transmission, is expected to be most popular with 0-62mph in 10.5 seconds and 116mph tops with two-wheel drive and 11 seconds and 115mph for four-wheel drive. Economy and emissions are 57.6mpg and 129g/km and 53.3mpg and 139g/km respectively.

How it drives

The X-Trail feels like a much smaller car to drive.

The 1.6-litre petrol is responsive, requiring few gear changes, for a dynamic drive but Stand Still assist can hold too long on lower inclines.

A four-wheel drive 1.6-litre diesel off-road showcased the X-Trail’s ability, comfortably hauling through the dirty stuff.

Space and comfort

High-quality materials make the cabin a pleasant place to be. There’s plenty of space up front and three adults can comfortably sit in the middle row. Two extra rear seats are optional but the Bose audio system is not available with them.

Five-seat versions have a 565-litre boot, rising to 1,996 with the rear seats folded. Load space is 445 litres with the two extra seats folded flat in seven-seaters and with all seven seats in use there’s 135 litres of load space.

Equipment

Four trims are on offer – Visia, Acenta, N-Connecta and Tekna.

All models get an electronic handbrake, Stand Still assist, cruise control, LED daytime running lights and Bluetooth.

N-Connecta also gets push-start ignition, seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system, 18in alloy wheels, leather trim and hands-free tailgate opening.

Final say

The facelifted Nissan X-Trail is a real family hauler – extremely spacious, practical, easy to drive and well-equipped with mid-range versions decent value. It even makes for a great casual off-roader.

SPEC AND TECH

Price: Nissan X-Trail N-Connecta 2WD £28,350 (range from £23,385)

Engine: 1.6-litre, 163PS, four-cylinder turbo petro

Performance: 0-62mph 9.7 seconds; top speed 124mph

MPG: 45.6 combined

CO2 emissions: 145g/km

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Norwich Evening News visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Norwich Evening News staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Norwich Evening News account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Most Read

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Show Job Lists