Nissan X-Trail Road Test

Nissan X-Trail (Interior View)

Nissan X-Trail Review

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The Nissan X-Trail has been tested by Euro NCAP and scored an overall five-star rating – Adult Occupant 86%, Child Occupant 83%, Pedestrian 75% and Safety Assist 75%. This compares to the Mazda CX-5 which also scored five-stars - Adult Occupant 94%, Child Occupant 87%, Pedestrian 64% and Safety Assist 86%.

We are very pleased to see that Safety Shield Technology comes as standard comprising Forward Alert Braking, Lane Departure Warning and Traffic Signal Recognition. It also comes with the Smart Vision Pack, which adds high beam assist.

We found the lane departure warning system a real pain on country lanes, but it can be switched off. We also found that high beam assist out in the country a bit hit and miss, taking us off full beam at lower speeds when there was no oncoming traffic.

In the boot there is also a safety kit comprising of a warning triangle, first aid kit and two high visibility jackets, ideally, of course, there would be one for each occupant.


The n-tec model we were testing comes with Nissan’s 7” NissanConnect touch screen navigation / entertainment system which features DAB radio tuner, Bluetooth connectivity with ports for iPod, USB and Aux in. And there is a CD player and six speakers, the audio quality is perfectly adequate but it really needs a bit more punch.

The touch screen navigation is easy to use but the map rendering does seem a little poor compared to the best in class systems. Maps are stored on SD cards so that it is very easy to update the maps, but I would imagine that Nissan are going to charge you a fair bit to do so.

We liked the fact that there was a dedicated button to switch off the screen at night.

The Competition
  • Audi Q5
  • BMW X3
  • Honda CR-V
  • Hyundai Santa Fe
  • Kia Sportage
  • Mazda CX-5
  • Mitsubishi Outlander
  • Toyota RAV 4
What We Liked
  • High level of standard safety equipment
  • 360 all-round birds eye vision
  • Family packaging
  • Styling and interior quality
What We Disliked
  • We would like to see LED headlights (it even lacks Xenon headlights)
  • One shot down/up window only driver’s window
  • Sound deadening

The Nissan X-Trail comes highly recommended as a family orientated SUV; it is not only very attractive, it is also very good to drive and easy to live with. Depending on your needs you can opt for five or seven seats which makes it a good alternative to less versatile MPVs.

If you do not need the option of seven seats then the Nissan Qashqai might make better sense, albeit it a little smaller – it does have the option for all-wheel-drive should you need it.

18 November 2015 Melanie Carter
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Nissan X-Trail Road Test Data
Model ReviewedNissan X-Trail n-tec
Body Type5-door SUV
ColourCopper Blaze
Performance (manufacturers data) 
0 - 62 mph11 Seconds
Top Speed 116 mph
Transmission6-Speed Manual
Fuel TypeDiesel
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)139 g/km
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
Urban45.6 mpg
Extra Urban58.9 mpg
Combined53.3 mpg
Insurance GroupTBC
Euro NCAP Rating5-stars
Warranty3 Years / 60,000 Miles
Price (when tested on the 18/11/15)£29,620 OTR (£30,970 with options)

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