Nissan X-Trail (2014) Review
Nissan X-Trail (2014) At A Glance
Good quality, practical interior. Efficient diesel engine with plenty of torque. Much improved CVT automatic transmission. Comfortable ride.
Some interior details seem little cheap. Comfortable ride at expense of enjoyable handling. Rearmost row of seven seaters tight.
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On average it achieves 82% of the official MPG figure
If you want a Nissan Qashqai but you find the interior a bit too small for your growing family, the X-Trail is the car you're looking for. It's just as comfortable and easy-to-drive as its smaller sibling, but with much more back row space, a bigger boot and the option of seven seats.
If size is what you’re after then you’ll find plenty of it. There’s more than enough space for adults in the back row and, for an extra £700, you can get a third row of seats. These are really for occasional and will fit only smaller kids, use but they give the X-Trail added practicality - just remember to try the Skoda Kodiaq too, since it's a similar price and also provides the option of seven seats.
If you go for a five-seat X-Trail you get a spacious 550-litre boot, which has a two-part adjustable load floor for extra flexibility. This is further enhanced by the fact the middle row of seats are mounted on runners, so you can pick between more legroom or load space. Alternatively you can fold the seats entirely to maximise carrying space.
The engine range includes a 163PS petrol, which is a good fit for the X-Trail and provides ample performance, plus a 130PS 1.6-litre dCi diesel. It might sound too small for such a large car but it's more than capable thanks to peak torque of 320Nm. If you do need more go, there's a 2.0-litre dCi with 177PS and 380Nm of torque.
Two-wheel drive is standard but for those who live in areas with a tough climate there is an all-wheel drive option. There's also a CVT transmission option which is smooth and quiet for the most part, only droning when accelerating hard.
With seven seats and a reasonable 2000kg braked towing weight, the X-Trail is capable of all sorts of family tasks including caravan holidays. Some might think it’s too similar to the Qashqai to spend the extra money on, while rivals including the Skoda Kodiaq are plusher and more upmarket - but it’s certainly worth a look if you demand a comfortable, easy-to-drive car with plenty of space.
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On the inside of an Nissan X-Trail (2014)
The cabin in the Nissan X-Trail is light, spacious and reasonably well finished. The dashboard is covered in plush, soft-touch plastic while harder plastics are used elsewhere, but they generally feel hardwearing and durable. The instruments are clear and the minor controls are all easy to operate without consulting the manual - but some of the switches feel on the cheap side, especially next to a Skoda Kodiaq.
The layout feels dated next to the Kodiaq too, with the low-res touchscreen system feeling antiquated next to the huge, bright screen in the Skoda. On the plus side, space is excellent with more than enough head and legroom in the back to comfortably accomodate adults. The back seats slide forward and back too, meaning you can select between knee room and load space depending on your needs.
The boot is spacious at 550 litres, but that can be expanded even further if you tumble the rear seats forward. For those with larger families there is a seven seat configuration on offer, but the rearmost row of seats is too small for anything other than occasional, short trips - even for children. That's down to the tiny amount of foot and knee room on offer.
That's another area where the Skoda Kodiaq beats the X-Trail. It's extra row of seats is surprisingly useful and, while it's also only really meant for occasional use, the kids sat back there should at least last a few more miles before they start to whine and ask "are we there yet?".
Standard equipment is decent - even entry level models get alloy wheels, cruise control and hill-hold assist, while mid-level models gain extras like a panoramic roof. The best value trim level is the n-tec, which comes with a 360 degree parking camera, a navigation system and a powered tailgate. Moving to a top Tekna trim model adds luxuries including heated leather seats, a blind spot warning system and moving object detection.
Standard equipment (from September 2017):
Visia is the entry level model and comes with 17 inch alloy wheels, LED running lights, electric parking brake, six airbags, ABS, EBD, ESP, tyre pressure monitor system, cruise control, speed limiter, Bluetooth, CD, MP3, USB, AUX, air conditioning, electric and heated mirrors, folding, reclining and sliding rear bench 60/40, hill start assist, front and rear power windows, rear armrest with cupholder and spare wheel.
Acenta trim adds Privacy glass, electric folding door mirrors, front foglights, chrome exterior details, leather steering wheel and gear lever knob, six speaker audio, dual zone climate control, auto dimming rear view mirror, auto lights, auto wipers, power sunroof along with front and rear parking sensors.
N-Connecta adds 18-inch alloy wheels, satin roof rails, 7-inch touchscreen with navigation, around view 360 degree parking camera, hands-free tailgate, keyless entry and start, traffic sign recognition, lane departure warning, auto emergency brakes, front and rear parking sensors.
Tekna is the top trim and adds blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, moving object detection, 19-inch alloy wheels, leather seats, electrically adjustable front seats, heated front and rear seats, heated steering wheel, intelligent park assist, LED headlights with Adaptive Front Lighting System, auto headlights, auto high beam, Bose audio.
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Driving Nissan X-Trail (2014)
- Engines range from 1.3 DIG-T Automatic to 2.0 dCi Automatic
- Readers report Real MPG to be between 29–58 mpg
Over potholes, ripples, lumps and bumps the cabin is serene, absorbing everything but the most severely damaged roads. The level of comfort is further helped by good visibility and lightly-weighted, easy-to-use controls. There are extra niceties like the electronic parking brake with hill-hold function - which makes stopping and starting simple. It's very easy to drive.
The excellent ride quality comes at the expense of handling, though. The X-Trail isn’t a car that revels in being driven hard - pushing into bends with any pace causes noticeable body roll. However, in town, on the motorway and at more sedate speeds, the X-Trail has impressive road manners and is very relaxing and comfortable.
The engine range kicks off with a 163PS DIG-T petrol engine. This is up to the task of propelling the X-Trail, though it can get loud when accelerating hard. And, while it does the job around town and on the motorway, you'll have to pick a diesel if you live in a rural area and need all-wheel drive, or if you need an automatic transmission.
The cheapest diesel choice is a 1.6-litre dCi diesel with 130PS and 320Nm of torque. Emissions are 129g/km with official fuel economy of 57.6mpg for the most efficient front-wheel drive manual model. In 2015 a 163PS version of the 1.6 diesel was added, with 230PS. As you might expect, economy drops with the hike in power, with a claimed 149g/km of CO2 and 45.6mpg.
A 1.6-litre engine in such a large car might set alarm bells ringing, but technology has moved on since the last X-Trail was introduced, but this has since been replaced by a 177PS 2.0-litre dCi and it's a better choice all round, with more punch and flexibility, if you can afford to pay the extra over the 1.6.
The standard transmission is a smooth-shifting six-speed manual, but a CVT automatic is offered and it's designed to behave more like a traditional seven-speed auto, with steps programmed in rather than the usual infinitely variable gear ratios. This improves refinement under full throttle acceleration - though it still drones a little when pressing on hard.
Unlike the previous model, the latest X-Trail is offered with two-wheel drive as standard. A 4x4 version is optional and it drives more or less exactly the same as the front-drive car, but with an automatic all-wheel drive system for slippery conditions, or the option to lock the differential. It’s useful for snowy areas or loose surfaces, but most drivers will find the front-wheel drive car more than adequate.
Usefully, for a family car, there is a comprehensive range of safety gadgetry on offer. Auto emergency brakes, lane departure warning, auto high beam, traffic sign recognition, automated parking assistance, a 360-degree birds-eye parking camera, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert are among the technologies available - but they're not standard so be careful when configuring your dream X-Trail.
|1.3 DIG-T Automatic||-||11.5 s||145–154 g/km|
|1.6 dCi||53–58 mpg||10.5–11.0 s||129–139 g/km|
|1.6 dCi 4WD||52–58 mpg||10.5–11.0 s||139–143 g/km|
|1.6 dCi Automatic||53–55 mpg||11.4 s||135–139 g/km|
|1.6 dCi Xtronic||55 mpg||11.4 s||135 g/km|
|1.6 DIG-T||44–46 mpg||9.7 s||145–149 g/km|
|1.7 dCi||-||10.7 s||137–143 g/km|
|1.7 dCi 4WD||-||10.7 s||151–154 g/km|
|1.7 dCi Automatic||-||12.7 s||146–155 g/km|
|1.7 dCi Automatic 4WD||-||12.7 s||159–168 g/km|
|2.0 dCi 4WD||46–50 mpg||9.4–10.0 s||149–158 g/km|
|2.0 dCi 4WD Automatic||46–49 mpg||9.6–10.0 s||148–162 g/km|
|2.0 dCi Automatic||49–50 mpg||9.6 s||148–152 g/km|
Nissan X-Trail (2014) Models and Specs
|Kerb Weight||1430–1580 kg|
|Boot Space||130–1982 L|
|Warranty||3 years / 60000 miles|
|Road Tax Bands||D–H|
|Official MPG||44.1–57.8 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Safety Ratings|
Currently on sale
On sale until July 2019
On sale until November 2017
On sale until April 2017
On sale until October 2015
|1.6 dCi Acenta + 130 5dr||£26,805||57.8 mpg||10.5 s|
|1.6 dCi Acenta + 130 5dr 7 seat||£27,605||57.8 mpg||10.5 s|
- The cabin is light, spacious and practical, plus it features some high quality materials and feels durable.
- There's a large, practical boot with more than enough space for trips away.
- Rear leg and headroom is impressive.
- Five star Euro NCAP rating in 2014. 86% adult occupant, 83% child occupant, 75% pedestrian safety and 75% safety assist.
- The back row in seven-seat versions is tight for anything other than a short journey, even for smaller individuals.
- Some interior details aren't as well finished as other cars.
- DAB reception is poor.
What to watch out for
15-9-2014: Seems that Nissan X-Trail 1.6 dCi 130 is also suffering same intermittent hesitation as Qashqai, thought to be something to do with an EU6 upgrade. There is dealer TSB software patch that may cure this.
27-6-2017: 2015 Nissan X-Trail with less than 8,000 miles needed an R1234yf refrigerant regas at a cost of £250.
31-7-2017: 2016 Nissan X-Trail 1.6 dCI 130 suffered faults with the sunroof, fuel filter, locking mechanism, and tyre pressure monitoring system, all fixed under warranty.
3-11-2017: Report of stop/start light coming on in 20,000 mile 2015 Nissan X-Trail 1.6DCI, causing lack of power. Owner told because car is not regularly driven long distances, so DPF clogs with soot. Quoted €750 for new diesel particulate filter.
8-11-2017: Report of 2015 Nissan X-Trail 1.6DCI 130 driven 8,000 miles a year requiring forced regeneration of its DPF at a cost of £300 due to individual journeys not having been sufficiently far. Never switch off a diesel engine while it is actively regenerating its DPF (you can tell from the heat generated).
4-4-2018: Report of clutch falure on October 2016 Nissan X-Trail 1.6DIG-T at 13,000 miles. Nissan dealer demanded £1,500 simply to dismantle it, then a further £1,000 to replace the clutch. No chance of a warranty repair, so best to go to a clutch specialist.
25-10-2018: Report of engine warning light for 'oil dilution' on 2017 Nissan X-Trail 2.0DCI x-tronic coming on every 12 weeks or so. Car does regular long motorway journeys. Went in to Nissan dealer who applied a new ECU software patch. Fuel economy then improved by 6 - 7 mpg to just over 40mpg.
4-1-2019: Report of failure of turbo of engne of 2015 Nissan X-Trail.
13-1-2019: Report of lumpy manual transmission on April 2018 Nissan X-Trail 2.0dCi. S ometimes difficult to get into a gear; sometimes difficult to get out of a gear. Supplying dealer denies any problem, but owner is an ex-police driver of 20 years. Suggested getting his former police fleet manager to check it out.
21-1-2019: Report of problems with Sat Nav / Radio system of 2014/64 Nissan X-Trail in that, when the radio or any other audio source is on, the longer the driver gets into a journey, it starts to go silent then re-boots, re-booting Sat Nav as well. The Sat Nav seems fine when the audio is off, however. Car is under Nissan 'Cared For' warranty. Dealer reported that the issue is quite common and has offered that owner takes the car in for the head unit to be removed. This will then be sent away for repair (10-12 working days) while owner drives around with "a big hole in the dashboard, no Sat Nav and no audio, etc." Once fixed he has to return to Nissan dealer for the repaired unit to be re-fitted.
6-2-2019: Report of creak in steering of 2017 Nissan X-Trail. Apparently caused by muck getting in causing excessive wear on the lower steering column Bush.
4-3-2019: Report of clutch failure of 2017 Nissan X-Trail 1.6DIG-T at 8,391 miles. Cost of replacement clutch and dual mass flywheel was £1,914.45.
8-6-2019: Report that problems with Sat Nav / Radio system of 2014/64 Nissan X-Trail have continued despite numerous attempts made by Nissan to repair the unit. Owner has been extremely patient but is no closer to a solution.
29-6-2019: Report of clutch and DMF failure on November 2018 Nissan X-Trail at 6 months old and 5,000 miles. Reader did not state which engine and whether 2WD or 4WD.
3-7-2019: Report of timing chain failing on 1,598cc 1.6 dCi 130 engine of 2015 Nissan X-Trail at 35,500 miles. Nissan offered 50% of parts but nothing towards the labour costs.
7-8-2019: Report of trouble selecting 1st gear in a 2017 Nissan X-Trail
2-6-2020: Report of failure of turbo of engne of 2016 Nissan X-Trail.
24-7-2020: Report of loose timing chain on 2017 X-Trail 1.6 diesel. Car has covered 32,000 miles. Dealer says a new timing chain is needed.
25-7-2016 R/2016/157. NISSAN Pulsar, Juke, Qashqai and X-Trail. REAR OXYGEN SENSOR MAY FAIL If an electrical short occurs in the supply to the rear oxygen sensor the senor will fail but the driver will not see an immediate warning. A MIL warning may display after continued driving depending on driving/vehicle characteristics. Remedial Action: Reprogram the ECU to display a warning if the rear oxygen sensor fails. Build dates 10-4-2016 to 7-6-2016.
- September 2013: Nissan revealed X-Trail
- May 2014: Nissan X-Trail prices announced
- July 2015: 1.6 DIG-T 163 engine introduced
- November 2016: 2.0 litre diesel engine introduced for Nissan X-Trail.
- September 2017: Nissan X-Trail facelifted
- January 2019: Nissan N-Tec Edition announced
Nissan revealed X-Trail
Intelligent all-wheel drive is expected to be fitted as standard across the range, with the choice of two or four-wheel drive selectable via a rotary dial in the centre console. Other improvements include the introduction a number of electronic aids that – according to Nissan – will make the new X-Trail one of the most comfortable SUVs on the market.
Included in the list of gadgets and gizmos is Nissan’s Active Ride Control, which will control the vehicle’s damping to compensate for poor road surfaces. The X-Trail will also feature Active Trace Control, which will reduce understeer by constantly monitoring speed, steering, throttle and braking. The aditions of these systems should, in theory, allow Nissan’s new SUV to be as firm footed on the road as it’s off it.
The X-Trail will also be available with seven seats, with improved interiors and equipment levels. LED headlights will be standard on high grade models while 19-inch alloy wheels will be available as an option. Nissan have also claimed to have greatly reduced the vehicle’s weight to compliment its new aerodynamic shape.
Inside, premium features include chrome, geometric metallic and piano black finishes. Options include a sophisticated cloth fabric covering plus a full leather offering with contrasting stitch accents. The spacious interior has theatre-style seating and the option of two extra seats to make room for seven inside.
Practical touches include rear side doors that open to almost 90 degrees – far wider than normal – to allow not just easy access but also to ease the loading and unloading of a child’s safety seat. Middle row seat comfort has been improved thanks to extra knee room generated by the longer wheelbase and the new front seats having more heavily sculpted seat backs.
The middle row seats recline, slide and fold 60/40 while, where fitted, the third row splits 50/50 and tumble folds completely flat to create maximum load space.The versatility pioneered in the previous model goes further in new X-Trail thanks to a smart and innovative double load floor providing flexible storage options. The cargo area can be portioned into upper and lower areas in a simple single-handed move. In its top most position, the board can hold up to 10 kilograms of luggage, or 75 kilograms in its lower position. This split cargo solution enables the user to store, for example, a stroller and large items below while creating a fully usable upper load surface for smaller, lighter items.
In addition, access to the luggage area has also been made as easy as possible with remote operation of the power tailgate. The result is a dynamic mix of progressive exterior styling with a spacious, functional and high quality interior.
Nissan X-Trail prices announced
|dCi 130 5st 2WD||Visia||£22,995|
|Visia Smart Vision||£23,490|
|Acenta Smart Vision||£25,245|
|dCi 130 7st 2WD||Visia||£23,695|
|Visia Smart Vision||£24,190|
|Acenta Smart Vision||£25,945|
|dCi 130 5st XTronic||Acenta||£26,145|
|Acenta Smart Vision||£26,595|
|dCi 130 7st XTronic||Acenta||£26,845|
|Acenta Smart Vision||£27,295|
|dCi 130 5st 4WD||Acenta||£26,495|
|Acenta Smart Vision||£26,945|
|dCi 130 7st 4WD||Acenta||£27,195|
|Acenta Smart Vision||£27,645|
1.6 DIG-T 163 engine introduced
The introduction of the new DIG-T 163 engine reduces the X-Trail’s entry price to £21,995.
Fuel consumption for Visia and Acenta models on 17" wheels is an 45.6mpg (44.1mpg for n-tec and Tekna on 19" wheels), while emissions are 145g/km (149g/km for n-tec and Tekna). In terms of performance, the new X-Trail DIG-T 163 can sprint from 0-62mph in 9.7 seconds and has a top speed of 124mph. Prices start at £21,995 for the Visia, though £23,795 for the Acenta, £26,445 for the n-tec and £28,445 for the very comprehensively equipped Tekna.
2.0 litre diesel engine introduced for Nissan X-Trail.
Xtronic CVT transmission with 4WD also available on X-Trail for the first time. Six-speed manual with 4WD and Xtronic with 2WD also on offer. Prices from £29,095.
Nissan X-Trail facelifted
The changes include a distinctive and robust redesign of the exterior, a higher-quality interior with new features, additional practicality for owners and new technologies.
At its heart is Nissan’s latest ‘V-motion’ grille, wider than before echoed in the design of the bumper beneath. On either side of the grille are new headlamp clusters. Also revised are the front parking sensors. Previously they were integrated into the bumper but did not sit completely flush to the surface. Now they are flush.
Six of the eight existing exterior colours have been carried over, with four vibrant new additional shades added – Monarch Orange, Palatial Ruby, Sapphire Blue and Picador Brown.
Entering the car, the striking new steering wheel is the first thing drivers will notice. It echoes the design of Nissan’s newest models globally and is standard across the X-Trail range. Now D-shaped, the horizontal base means easier entry and exit for the driver, as well as providing a sportier look and feel.
Heated seats for both front and rear occupants (not third row) are new, and standard on Tekna grade. For customers seeking something different, a new Premium Tan and black two-tone leather interior is available as an optional extra on Tekna.
A new leather knee pad on both sides of the centre console has been added, while the area above the glovebox has been given a more contemporary finish. The air vents now feature a new gloss black surface.
The boot on the new X-Trail is larger than before. Thanks to improved packaging, VDA capacity is up from 550 litres to 565 litres on the five-seat version with all seats in place. Capacity on seven-seat interiors (445 litres) remains unchanged. Total space with all seats folded flat increases to 1,996 litres.
Every X-Trail boot comes with Nissan’s innovative Flexible Luggage Board System, which allows for shelves and dividers to be adjusted in any one of nine configurations. These include a hidden compartment to keep valuables out of sight, making it the ideal base for family days out.
Customer feedback has led to improvements in the X-Trail’s two other infotainment systems. DAB digital radio is standard for the first time, while the NissanConnect touch-screen satellite navigation unit (standard from N-Connecta,) features a smart new user interface that’s more app-like in appearance. Where the NissanConnect system is fitted, the new X-Trail now features a ‘shark fin’ roof antenna for improved reception and a more contemporary finish.
1.6 130PS diesel
1.6 130PS diesel
1.6 130PS diesel
2.0 177PS diesel
2.0 177PS diesel
2.0 177PS diesel
1.6 163PS petrol
Combined Cycle (mpg)
Every new Nissan X-Trail comes with six airbags as standard, plus driver assistance systems including anti-lock brakes and stability control. Other standard equipment includes cruise control with speed limiter, Bluetooth connectivity, manual air-conditioning, electric folding / heated door mirrors and alloy wheels.
Depending on the grade chosen, other available features include an opening panoramic sunroof, leather upholstery, privacy glass, dual-zone automatic air-conditioning and roof rails.
Nissan N-Tec Edition announced
Available on Micra, Qashqai and X-Trail models, the N-Tec features styling additions and the latest Nissan Intelligent Mobility innovations.
The X-Trail N-Tec will be available on the 1.7dCi engine as a five or seven-seater, with two or four wheel-drive, and featuring 18-inch black alloy wheels, dark chrome V-motion grille, and gloss black details such as roof rails and mirror caps. For an added touch of style and luxury this special X-Trail features door sill protectors with illuminated N-TEC lettering. It also features ProPILOT on models fitted with an automatic gearbox in addition to Nissan’s acclaimed Safety Shield package. Pricing for the X-Trail will be confirmed later this month.
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