- Stylish aesthetics
- Cheaper to buy than rivals
- Efficient engines
- No petrol option
- Isn’t the rugged off-roader it once was
- Seven seats are an optional extra
Practical family SUV that’s available with seven seats
Whereas the old Nissan X-Trail was a rugged off-roader, the latest X-Trail follows the same path as the best-selling Qashqai, and is best suited to tarmac. Introduced in 2013, the third generation X-Trail is one of the most practical family SUVs on the market. It doesn’t have the premium feel of more expensive SUVs, but build quality is excellent, the engine is efficient, and it’s certainly stylish. Available in 5-seat, or 7-seater formats, 2WD or 4WD, there’s an X-Trail for you, whether you live in the city or the country, and no matter how big your family is.
Excellent build quality, spacious, and generously equipped
Considering how much cheaper the X-Trail is compared to some of its rivals, it’s pleasing to see that build quality isn’t compromised. There’s plenty of storage space as well, and you’ll get plenty of kit even on entry-level models.
The dashboard design of the X-Trail is pretty similar to what you’d find in the Nissan Qashqai. That means it’s a clean, sensible design, with an intuitive, well-damped control system. Materials used are generally pretty impressive, with soft-touch materials adorning most of the cabin, though harder, cheaper feeling plastics can be found if you look hard enough. It’s certainly a match for the Honda CR-V or the Hyundai Santa Fe.
Space in the X-Trail depends on whether you go for the five or seven-seater option. With five seats, the X-Trail is one of the most spacious cars in its class. The 550 litre boot capacity offers plenty of room for large family needs, though in seven seat form there’s not much storage space. The rearmost seats in this guise are only really suited to children as well, though for most families that’s exactly what they’ll be needed for.
Equipment levels in the X-Trail are pretty generous, no matter which trim you choose to go for. The entry-level Visia trim comes with cruise control, electric windows, aircon, and alloy wheels, but it’s worth upgrading to the Acenta trim if you want the best value for money. This adds a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone climate control, all-round parking sensors, and is available in automatic, and 4WD form.
Overall, the inside of the X-Trail will please most family buyers. It’s practical, spacious, and has the build quality to withstand the rigours of family life. You’ll get plenty of kit as well, so combined with the low purchase price, you’re definitely not going to feel short-changed.
Both 2WD and 4WD versions are best suited to the road
Mid-sized family SUVs aren’t exactly known for their engaging driving experience, and the X-Trail is no different. It’s certainly not fun to drive, but it feels assured enough. There’s plenty of grip through the corners, and the steering is light enough to make it easy to drive around town. There’s not an awful lot of feedback for it to be effective out of town however, and there’s a fair bit of body roll due to the X-Trail’s soft suspension.
Suspension and Chassis
Whilst the soft suspension might limit the X-Trail in terms of fun, it certainly helps when it comes to comfort. The X-Trail irons out all but the worst of road surfaces, though deep potholes still feed through into the cabin. 4WD models offer greater assurance when it comes to winter weather, but they’re not as effective off-road as a Land Rover Discovery Sport. There’s also quite a bit of wind and road noise at speed, but no worse than in rivals, so the X-Trail is a reasonable long-distance motorway cruiser.
Gearbox options in the X-Trail come in two guises. The standard throughout the range is a six-speed manual transmission that is light, well-geared, and easy to use. There’s an optional CVT automatic available on more expensive models, though it’s probably one to avoid unless you absolutely need an automatic, as it revs the engine hard under acceleration.
Only one efficient diesel in the range
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your X-Trail, you’ve only got one option. The 1.6 litre diesel is impressive enough, and is available with two power outputs, though some buyers will be disappointed that there’s no petrol offering.
Petrolheads don’t usually consider a large family SUV for their weekend car, and the X-Trail isn’t a car that bucks the trend. The 1.6 litre DiG-T diesel engine found in the X-Trail produces 163bhp, and accelerates from 0-62mpg in 9.7 seconds. Hardly headline figures, but it’s going to be enough power for most family buyers, and offers enough flexibility both in, and out of town.
Eco-friendly buyers will be pretty impressed with the low-powered 1.6 dCi model. It’s a long way from being an ideal option for those who want to save the planet, but the 129g/km of CO2 emissions figure is pretty impressive for the class. This low-powered model is also the best option for money savers. With up to 57.6mpg on offer, buyers will be able to save themselves a fair bit of money at the fuel pumps each week, money that can be spent on life’s other luxuries.
Whether you go for the low, or the high-powered diesel engine in the X-Trail, you’re going to get a reasonably efficient car for the class. It’s worth considering the more expensive, more powerful model if you plan on towing a caravan, a horsebox, or a trailer behind the X-Trail however.
Full marks in NCAP safety tests, exceptional safety technology
Like most cars in its class, the Nissan X-Trail easily achieved the highest possible 5-star NCAP safety rating. With scores of 86% in adult safety, 83% in child safety, and 75% in pedestrian safety, the X-Trail didn’t score quite as well as some of the class-leaders. Any doubts about safety will be alleviated when buyers take a look at the amount of safety equipment that comes as standard however. Even entry-level models come with six airbags, traction control, stability control, hill-start assist, and a tyre-pressure monitor.
Exceptional value for money, if you avoid the cost of new-car depreciation
The Nissan X-Trail is one of the best value SUVs currently on the market. Not only is it cheaper to buy than a lot of its rivals, it’s also pretty cheap to run. This varies from model to model, but fuel efficiency is high throughout the range (no model falls below 44mpg), and tax brackets are impressive for the class, especially if you go for the an X-Trail equipped with the low-powered dCi diesel.
Insurance groups in the X-Trail again depend on which model you choose to go for. The range starts in group 15 for the 1.6 DiG-T Visia (Smart Vision Pack), climbing up towards group 20 if you fancy the range-topping 1.6 dCi Acenta+ (7 Seat) Xtronic. Whichever model you go for, you won’t be paying any more than you would for an equivalent rival.
Depreciation is one area that particularly affects the X-Trail, but only for the first year. With first year depreciation as high as 40%, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
The Nissan X-Trail is one of the best value family SUVs on the market. Not only is it cheaper to buy than a lot of its rivals, it’s also one of the most impressive cars in its class. It’s spacious, practical, stylish, and efficient, all of which make the X-Trail a great car to own. Whether in 2WD or 4WD form, 5-seater or 7-seater, the X-Trail should be seriously considered when you’re deciding which SUV you’re going to buy.
Buying a used Nissan X-Trail online with Carspring
If you’re after a used Nissan X-Trail for sale, it can all feel like a bit of an ordeal. What, with long days spent around gigantic car supermarkets, or time spent trawling through classified websites, looking for that ideal used X-Trail. Carspring makes it simple. Buy your next used Nissan X-Trail online with the touch of a button. Simply decide on the model you want and choose how you want to pay.
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*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.