Buyer’s guide to the Nissan X-Trail

Buyer’s guide to the Nissan X-Trail

Looking at Nissan’s largest SUV? Here’s what you need to know.

The Qashqai and Juke might be the Nissan SUVs that grab the limelight, but you shouldn’t discount the largest of the lot – the X-Trail.

It’s the largest Nissan SUV sold in the UK, and the only one available with seven seats. And with its spacious interior, efficient engines and bold design, it makes a great choice if you’re looking for an affordable large SUV.

Here’s what you need to know about it…

What powertrains are available?

It’s a simple range of engines with the X-Trail, but one that should still give plenty of options to buyers.

If you’re looking for a petrol, the sole option is a 158bhp 1.3-litre turbocharged unit. It comes mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, which sends its power to the front wheels. Unlike other offerings, no manual gearbox is offered. It can be quite a thirsty option – returning a claimed 34.9mpg, with CO2 emissions of 144g/km. It can hit 60mph in 11.3 seconds, too.

The diesel engines will likely continue to be the most popular. While just one is currently on offer – a turbocharged 148bhp 1.7-litre diesel – it is available with far more choice than the petrol. That’s because you can opt for a six-speed manual or an Xtronic CVT automatic gearbox, along with front- or four-wheel-drive. Choose a manual two-wheel-drive model if you want the best efficiency – this will return up to 43.5mpg, with CO2 emissions of 135g/km. As for performance, it can reach 0-60mph in 10.5 seconds.

What trim levels are on offer?

Six trim levels are available with the X-Trail, with equipment highlights and pricing as follows…

Visia – from £26,495

Standard equipment includes 17-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, a multifunctional steering wheel, LED daytime running lights and cruise control.

Acenta – from £26,740

This is a much better proposition – adding a host of safety kit, such as autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition and front and rear parking sensors. It also gains dual-zone climate control, automatic lights and wipers and electrically folding and heated door mirrors. An electric panoramic roof is also fitted.

Acenta Premium – from £27,810

This grade brings a 360-degree around-view camera system as well as a touchscreen with satellite navigation and Bluetooth integration.

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N-Connecta – from £29,240

This high-spec model comes with roof rails and 18-inch alloy wheels on the styling front, as well as keyless entry and start and an electric boot.

N-Tec – from £30,820

Slotting in the range is the limited-edition N-Tec. This features more aggressive looks thanks to a black styling kit – including gloss black alloy wheels – as well as park assist.

Tekna – from £31,340

Sitting at the top of the range, the Tekna comes with larger 19-inch alloy wheels, a Bose sound system, LED headlights, leather upholstery and heated front and rear seats. Additional safety kit is also introduced – including high beam assist, a driver monitoring system, park assist, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert.

What about personalisation?

While the X-Trail won’t be a model specifically bought for its personalisation, it is a model that comes with plenty of choice. For starters, the colour palette isn’t as reserved as you might think, with Sapphire Blue, Monarch Orange and Picador Brown adding some variety to the line-up.

If you choose the top-spec Tekna model, you’re also able to have your leather upholstery coming in tan or cream for a £495 option. Nissan’s renowned ProPilot safety package is also now available on the X-Trail for £795. It’s a box worth ticking, as it adds adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist that can be a godsend on congested routes and longer journeys.

Chunkier styling is also available from the ‘Crossover Pack’ – featuring more rugged styling – along with a chrome package. You’re also able to choose boot protectors, roof boxes and ski racks as well.