The X-Trail is the largest SUV in Nissan’s range. What makes it interesting compared to the popular Qashqai? Simple: the X-Trail is available with five or seven seats. That’s a nice bonus, but is the X-Trail basically a good car?
You would hardly expect it in a 4.69 meter long and 1.70 meter high SUV: a 1.3-liter petrol engine. Yet it is really true. The petrol version of the X-Trail houses a 1,332 cc four-cylinder turbo petrol engine with 160 hp and a solid 270 Nm of torque.
Nissan X-Trail DCT-7
And what appears in practice: who knows how to handle the 1,560 kilograms that the X-Trail weighs. Acceleration is smooth and shifting is smooth. Speaking of which, the petrol version always has a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, also known as a DCT-7.
Nissan X-Trail DIG-T 160 DCT (2020) – STURDY – AutoRAI TV
Diesel or petrol
You can get the X-Trail with a diesel or petrol engine. Anyone who wants four-wheel drive is dependent on the dCi 150 hp diesel engine. But yes, diesel is a bit out in the Netherlands, it seems. In addition, you pay completely blue in road tax. For the diesel you lose 441 euros in road tax per three months. With the petrol version, that is 204 euros for the same period.
Nissan X-Trail tow weight
Nice, that price difference. But what about the draw weight? The DIG-T 160 DCT petrol version has front-wheel drive and can tow 1,500 kilograms with brakes. The diesel with manual gearbox can tow 2,000 kilograms braked. That would be a reason to go for the diesel anyway.
Nissan X-Trail luggage compartment
The luggage space of the X-Trail differs per version. For example, the five-seat variant has 565 to 1,996 liters of luggage space. In the seven-seat version – coincidentally ‘our’ test car – that is 135 liters with the third row of seats upright and 445 liters with the third row of seats folded down. If you fold everything down, there is also 1,996 liters of luggage space.
Taking a seat in the third row of seats is not recommended for adults, even though the second row of seats can be moved in length. The last row of seats is more intended for children. An X-Trail is therefore quite interesting for large, younger families. But so is a Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace, coincidentally a competitor of this Nissan.
Nissan X-Trail DIG-T 160 DCT price
For this Volkswagen – the Tiguan Allspace is 21.5 centimeters longer than the Tiguan – you will lose at least 43,601 euros. The starting price of the X-Trail is 37,360 euros for the DIG-T 160 DCT Acenta. The top version Tekna – which is here in front of us – is available from 43,100 euros. Diesel is possible from 46,860 euros.
Nissan Safety Shield Plus
The Tekna version is fully loaded, including electrically adjustable front seats, Bi-LED headlights with dynamic cornering lighting, a parking assistant, black leather seats and various safety systems. This bundles Nissan under the name Nissan Safety Shield Plus and includes blind spot assist, fatigue warning and detection of moving objects. In short, too many to mention.
Nissan family SUV
The Nissan X-Trail is a more than practical family SUV. It is sufficiently spacious, is well built and is finished with beautiful materials. The infotainment system is not quite up to date and could use an upgrade. Otherwise, this would be a car that not only you as a driver, but also the rest of your family can enjoy. But if you don’t need that third row of seats, you should look at a Qashqai.