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Nissan X-Trail (2014–)

Last updated 5 May 2018

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.
Updated 4 April 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...

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Introduction

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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