Base price: $39,990.
Powertrain and performance: 2.5-litre petrol four, 126kW/226Nm, continuously variable transmission with six-step mode, front-drive, Combined economy 8.1 litres per 100km
Vital statistics: 4640mm long, 1710mm high, wheelbase 2705mm, luggage capacity 495-1500 litres, fuel tank 60 litres, 17-inch alloy wheels on 225/65 Yokohama Geolander tyres.
We like: Confident style, value, well-packaged third-row seats.
We don’t like: Chassis unruly without all-wheel drive, lacks clever load-carrying options of five-seat version.
How it rates: 7/10
WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW? Nissan has reinvented the packaging of the X-Trail. Evolving from its practical designs, the new X-Trail showcases curvaceous lines. Nissan’s emphasis on the crossover/SUV sector is clear with a consistent design theme seen across the Pathfinder, Qashqai, and Murano models as well.
Questions arise whether having four similar designs might confuse buyers. But with Nissan’s extensive crossover lineup, it’s clear they’ve got all bases covered. A significant change is the seven-seat option for the new X-Trail, though available only in the entry-level ST model – the one we’re examining here.
WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE? All X-Trail models have the same 2.5-litre petrol engine and continuously variable transmission. The ST seven-seater is distinctive with its front-drive, in contrast to the all-wheel drive found in other models.
The distinction is crucial. Despite the common belief that such vehicles rarely tread off-road, the all-wheel drive is still valuable on the road. Especially considering the X-Trail’s powerful engine combined with a soft suspension. Though equipped with traction and stability control systems, it’s sometimes challenging on slippery roads.
Nevertheless, the X-Trail remains user-friendly, ideal for family outings. It boasts light steering, a flexible chassis, and clear visibility from its elevated cabin.
IS IT EASY TO LIVE WITH? Transitioning from the previous model, some practical features were traded for a more stylish design. Though the car appears larger, its interior feels less accommodating. Despite these changes, the ST model still features the comprehensive Nissan Connect touch screen. There’s also manual air conditioning and keyless entry/start among others.
One highlight is the third-row seating, efficiently integrated into the five-seat car’s same wheelbase. However, this setup eliminates the Divide-N-Hide cargo system, an adaptable storage solution. Yet, a nifty underfloor space for the tonneau cover compensates for this omission.
SHOULD I BUY ONE? Though we might miss the utility of the older version, the new model presents enhanced style and quality. The all-wheel drive is essential for the ST, and higher-end specifications would be valuable for a seven-seater. However, Nissan’s diverse crossover range ensures they keep the seven-seater X-Trail simple and cost-effective.
Considering the price, the seven-seater X-Trail remains a compelling choice for those seeking more seating capacity.
- Air conditioning: Manual
- Audio: CD, iPod compatible
- Automatic lights/wipers: Yes/No
- Blind spot warning: No
- Bluetooth: Yes
- Cruise control: Yes
- Driver footrest: Yes
- Head-up display: No
- Heated/ventilated seats: No
- Keyless entry/start: Yes/Yes
- Lane guidance: No
- Leather upholstery: No
- Parking radar: Camera
- Power boot or tailgate: No
- Power seat adjustment/memory: No
- Rear ventilation outlets: Yes
- Remote audio controls: Yes
- Satellite navigation: No
- Seat height adjustment: Yes
- Self-parking technology: No
- Split/folding rear seats: 40/20/40
- Steering reach adjustment: Yes
- Stop-start: No
- Trip computer: Yes