Nissan X-Trail (2014) Review

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Nissan X-Trail (2014) At A Glance

4/5

+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.

New prices start from £20,860, brokers can source from £20,187
Contract hire deals from £258.71 per month
Insurance Group 35
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. 

Nissan X-Trail 1.6 DIG-T 163 Tekna 2015 Road Test

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Real MPG average for a Nissan X-Trail (2014)

RealMPG

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

82%

Real MPG

29–58 mpg

MPGs submitted

256

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What can I do if a dealer refuses my request for a full refund?
"I bought a 2019 Nissan X-Trail in Feb 2020. The engine management light comes on at random. Two Nissan dealers did work on it but can't find the fault. I asked the selling garage for a full refund but it was refused. What can I do?"
Rejecting a car for a full refund should be a last resort, and you've moved out of the right to reject period - which is six months from the date you bought the vehicle. Rejecting a car is a time-consuming, stressful, expensive process - and the dealer is unlikely to want to do this so stay civil with them if you can. We would suggest chatting some more with the dealer about what the problem is and how it can be fixed, as well as discussing some form of goodwill gesture to make up for the hassle. If you've already done this and they're unwilling to give you your money back or figure out what's wrong with the car, then move onto the next steps. You've already attempted to get it fixed, but I would let them try again. If they won't, or they do and still can't fix it, it'll make a stronger case in the long run if you do go via a legal route to get your money back. Secondly, if you'd be happy with a different car, consider asking for a replacement model. It'll save the dealer money and it'll save you time looking for a new model. Onto the rejection, if the dealer refuses to accept your rejection of the car, contact the manufacturer's customer services department for further support. It's worth sending a copy of your original rejection letter to the manufacturer's head office, too. If you’re still getting nowhere, then consider contacting the Motor Ombudsman or the Financial Ombudsman. You could also contact Trading Standards if you feel that the dealer has breached the Consumer Rights Act. An engineer’s inspection can also be useful, but you'd have to pay for that yourself. The final route should be court because it's very costly and there's no guarantee you will win even with a solicitor. But if all else fails, that's the option you're left with.
Answered by Georgia Petrie
My car keeps stalling - is there an obvious reason?
"I've had a Nissan Qashqai 1.2 from new for two years. I quite like the car but even after two years I still stall it, usually at an inconvenient moment. Maybe I'm too long in the tooth for the automatic/electric handbrake system. I've had two X-Trails before the Qashqai with which I towed caravans and had no problems with stalling. I do wonder whether it being a small engine is a factor. Are there any similar cars which still have the old handbrake? Thanks."
First of all, have you had your car checked by a garage? Are there any warning lights? There could be issues if it's stalling regularly. Does your car have the auto brake hold feature? This might make your life easier - with it switched on, you don't have to faff around with the electronic parking brake. Just come to a halt and let it hold the car still until you're ready to move off. Otherwise, it's just a case of practice and getting used to the clutch action. Maybe your Qashqai is quieter than your X-Trails - we rely on sound to work out how much throttle is required, and if a car is too refined it can be more difficult to judge. Otherwise, manual handbrakes are approaching extinction, particularly in crossover SUVs. You'll find one on a smaller car like a Ford Fiesta, but that's quite different to your Qashqai.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Could you suggest a petrol SUV under £25,000?
"We have been driving a Nissan X-Trail for the past five years and it’s been great: reliable, very comfy and decent on fuel but it’s a diesel and we only do short drives these days. Please could you advise a petrol alternative? We tried a Kia but it wasn’t very comfortable compared to the X-Trail. We would have liked another Nissan but not sure on the Nissan petrol SUVs. Thanks."
How about a Citroen C5 Aircross? It's a bit of a left-field choice and very comfortable with a good Puretech 130 petrol engine. Also consider a Skoda Karoq.
Answered by Andrew Brady
I'm retired and want to replace my diesel car - what do you suggest?
"I'm thinking of changing my diesel Honda CR-V. My local dealer has a SEAT Tarraco 1.5 Evo SE Tech at £21k if registered before the end of October - which seems a very good deal. Also, what is your opinion of the Nissan X-Trail? There seems to be quite a wide range of opinions. I'm open to any other suggestions, I need a fair amount of height from the boot floor to the roof as I have a large dog. Diesels are generally much cheaper but given I'm now retired I guess they don't make sense for me."
The Tarraco's a great car but the 1.5 engine is problematic: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/news/new-cars/2019-07/no-end-in-sight-for-volkswagen-15-tsi-engine-problems The Nissan X-Trail is pretty dated now. I'd recommend a Peugeot 5008. You're right to avoid diesels unless you cover high motorway miles.
Answered by Andrew Brady

What does a Nissan X-Trail (2014) cost?

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