Buyer’s guide to the 2023 Nissan X-Trail

Buyer’s guide to the 2023 Nissan X-Trail

This year has been a busy one for Nissan, with the introduction of the new electric Ariya, and important new hybrid versions of its Qashqai and Leaf. 

But to end the year, Nissan has launched a new fourth generation of its X-Trail. Now the firm’s largest SUV sold in Europe, this latest model brings some significant advancements – particularly on the technology front and with what’s under the bonnet. 

Let’s dive in and see what the latest Nissan X-Trail has to offer. 

What powertrains are available?

All of the latest Nissan X-Trail powertrains are electrified as standard, with a choice of mild-hybrid and a hybrid version that Nissan calls e-Power. All models also use an Xtronic CVT gearbox, with no manual option these days. 

Things start with the mild-hybrid, which uses a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine and a small 12-volt mild-hybrid system. It puts out 161bhp ad 300Nm of torque, and is only sold with front-wheel-drive. Accelerating from 0-60mph takes 9.4 seconds, with the X-Trail reaching a top speed of 124mph. In terms of efficiency, Nissan claims 39.8mpg, with CO2 emissions of 161g/km. 

The e-Power version is the better option, and uses the same 1.5-litre petrol engine and an electric motor. Unlike a normal hybrid, though, the engine has the primary job of powering the electric motor, rather than sending drive to the wheels. Power increases to 201bhp, though Nissan already offers a four-wheel-drive ‘e-4orce’ model, which takes the power up to 210bhp. These can accelerate from 0-60mph in 7.8 and 6.8 seconds respectively. 

In terms of fuel efficiency, the e-Power X-Trail is able to return up to 48.7mpg, with CO2 emissions as low as 132g/km. Figures are a bit higher for e-4orce versions; Nissan claiming 44.8mpg and 143g/km CO2 emissions.

What trim levels are offered?

Nissan offers a broad range of trim levels on the X-Trail, with equipment highlights and pricing as follows. 

Visia – from £32,030

Standard equipment on the X-Trail includes 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control, auto folding mirrors, rear parking sensors and an electric handbrake. A broad range of safety kit is also provided, such as LED headlights with high beam assist, adaptive cruise control, rear cross-traffic alert, blind spot monitoring and autonomous emergency braking. 

Acenta Premium – from £33,705

Acenta Premium would be our pick of the line-up, as this adds an eight-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto, along with keyless entry, a reversing camera and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror. 

N-Connecta – from £36,530

Mid-spec N-Connecta versions being a large 12.3-inch touchscreen and a digital dial display of the same size, along with wireless smartphone charging, a 360-degree camera system, roof rails and privacy glass.

Tekna – from £39,850

High-spec Tekna models gain smart 19-inch alloy wheels, sequential turning indicators, a panoramic sunroof and a head-up display. You also get an electric boot, heated front and rear seats, ProPilot driver assistance, electric front seats and a heated steering wheel. If you want all the toys, this is the trim to go for. 

Tekna+ – from £42,520

Range-topping Tekna+ models bring smart 20-inch alloy wheels, quilted leather seats and a 10-speaker Bose sound system. 

What about personalisation?

Nissan offers a generous choice of 10 body colours, including brighter shades like Electric Blue, Sunset Orange and Diamond Reds. A two-tone finish with a black roof is also available in conjunction with certain shades. On range-topping Tekna+ models you can also choose tan leather (over the standard black) for no extra money.

The only other option to choose from is whether or not to have seven seats – a £1,000 extra. Even if you think you’ll only use them occasionally, they’re worth having, as they slot nearly into the boot floor, and will make the car more desirable when you come to sell it. 

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