Facelifted Nissan X-Trail combines looks and ability
Nissan's facelifted X-Trail has landed in the UK. Ryan Hirons heads to Snowdonia to find out what it's like.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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