Nissan X-Trail (2001–2007)

Model History

October 2001

Nissan X-Trail launched

Front-wheel drive with selectable four wheel drive and centre diff lock. Familiar 2.0 litre twin-cam Primera engine for UK or 2.2 diesel. Big advantage of totally flat floor with rear seats folded, ideal for dogs and as a working vehicle.

Dimensions are: length 4,510mm (14 ft 10in); width 1,765mm (5 ft 10in); height (without roof spoiler): 1,675mm (5ft 6in). Luggage volume is 350 litres to the parcel shelf or 410 litres to window sill level with the rear seats up.

Standard wheels and tyres were 15" with 215/70 R15 tyres or 16" with 215/65 R16 tyres. But some models such as Columbia and Aventura came on 17" wheels with lower profilt tyres.

Torque converter CVT automatic option on the petrol engine only. This is a 1,998cc 16 valve twin-cam developing 138bhp at 6,000rpm and 142 lb ft (192Nm) torque at 4,000rpm. Gets to 60mph in 11.0 seconds, tops out at 110mph, does 30.4mpg on the combined cycle and emits 221g/km CO2. (Auto: 12.8 secs, 101mph; 28.2mpg; 237g/km CO2.)

Kerb weight of the manual is 1,415kg and maximum braked trailer weight is 1,500kg. The 2,184cc direct-injected external chain cam diesel puts out 112bhp at 4,000rpm and 199lb ft (270Nm) torque at 2,000rpm. It manages sixty in 13.4 seconds, reaches 103mph, does 39.2mpg on the combined cycle and emits 190g/km CO2. (35-36mpg is genuinely realistic.) Kerb weight is 1,525kg and maximum braked trailer weight a useful 2,000kg.

Standard equipment on all models includes triple-mode four-wheel-drive controlled by press-button; disc brakes front and rear; ABS with EBD and brake assist; twin front airbags; anti-hijack remote central locking; and a ski/snowboard flap in the centre of the rear seat.

Sport models gain the additions of wipe-clean dimpled upholstery; side airbags; automatic climate control; two can drinks cooler; six-speaker CD/radio; 16 inch alloy wheels and a roof spoiler that takes the overall height up to 1,750mm (5ft 10ins). SE+ spec adds leather covered seats, steering wheel rim and gearknob; electric folding door mirrors; adjustable armrest; steering wheel mounted audio controls and a six CD autochanger.

Original prices were:- 2.0 S £16,750; 2.2Di S £17,750; 2.0 Sport £17,995; 2.2Di Sport £18,995; 2.0 SE+ £19,895; 2.2Di SE+ £20,895. 2.2 6-speed is also better than any of the competition off road. By far the the best mid size 4x4 and a pleasure to drive.

165bhp 2.5 litre petrol four cylinder engine from early 2003, available with torque converter CVT auto. Voted 'Soft Roader of the Year' both 2002 and 2003 by '4x4' magazine. Four star 2003 NCAP crash test rating and Two star pedestrian safety rating. New Sport-X model with roof rack and roof mounted spot lights from May 2003 from £18,995 for the 165ps 2.5 petrol.

December 2003

Facelift for 2004 arrived early December 2003. 2.2 dCi now pumps out 136PS, with a corresponding 16.3% hike in torque, yet official EC fuel consumption remains 39.2mpg combined and CO2 emissions stay at 190g/km. More power shaves several seconds off the 0-60mph time, bringing it down to 11.2 seconds, and adding 10mph to the top speed.

  • 2.0SE 5-speed manual: £16,995
  • 2.5 Sport 5-speed manual: £18,995
  • 2.5 Sport 4-speed auto: £19,995
  • 2.5 SVE 5-speed manual: £19,895
  • 2.5 SVE 4-speed auto: £21,895
  • 2.5 T-Spec 5-speed manual: £22,595
  • 2.5 T-Spec 4-speed auto: £23,595
  • 2.2 dCi 136 SE 6-speed manual: £18,395
  • 2.2 dCi 136 Sport 6-speed manual: £19,795
  • 2.2 dCi 136 SVE 6-speed manual: £21,695
  • 2.2 dCi 136 T-Spec 6-speed manual: £23,395

March 2005

Improvements and a £300 price hike from March 2005. SVE got privacy glass, cruise control and TMC (upgraded mapping package on the sat nav, where specified). Offer of free bird-view satnav on SVE continued on all orders taken up to 26 March 2005. Sport got 17" alloys, cruise control and TMC where Birdview satnav is specified as an option. Best model and best value spec remains the 2.2 dCi 6-speed Sport. Decent before power hike. Now feels quite lively.

Two wheel drive version from May 2005 from £16,145 for 2.0 petrol and from £17,745 for 2.2dCi. All X-Trails got £650 worth of extra spec including 16" alloy wheels on SE and SVE and 17" on Sport and T-Spec, standard cruise control on both the 2.5 petrol and 2.2 dCi engine versions. Prices of 4x4s up £300.