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Nissan X-TRAIL

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By Joanathan Crouch

Nissan's X-Trail is selling well to more adventurous families and has been much improved with a revitalised engine range. Jonathan Crouch takes a look at what's on offer.

Ten Second Reviewword count: 88

The X-Trail is a big deal for Nissan, the brand's best-selling model worldwide. Here, we're looking at an updated version of the third generation model which continues to offer space for up to seven, some seriously smart technology under the skin and an updated range of powertrains that sees buyers choosing from new 1.3-litre petrol and 1.7-litre diesel units. As before, there's also reasonable off road capability if you want it in a model line positioned just above the popular Qashqai, offering Crossover aesthetics with proper SUV mechanicals.

Backgroundword count: 178

The Nissan X-Trail story to date is a bit of an unusual three-parter. The first model appeared in 2001 and was sold as a 'lifestyle' SUV. Or rather it would have been if we Brits had bought any. Instead we rather blanked this excellent car in favour of Land Rover Freelanders, Honda CR-Vs and Toyota RAV4s. Undeterred, Nissan tried again, with an all-new car in 2007. Now the tack had slightly changed. The X-Trail looked much the same, but it was now marketed as a more serious 4x4, with proper off-road ability. Although the quality inside had improved markedly, it still never caught the public's imagination quite like its little brother, the Qashqai. The X-Trail got a wash and wipe in 2010 but it was just to tide customers over ahead of what we see here. The current X-Trail was launched in 2014 and ditched the Bear Grylls image, instead taking inspiration from Nissan's market-leading crossovers - the Qashqai and the Juke. It's this design that Nissan updated in mid-2017 to create the car we're looking at here.

Driving Experienceword count: 281

Under the bonnet, the core engine is now a perky but frugal 1.7-litre dCi 150 diesel, available with either 2WD or 4WD and a 6-speed manual gearbox. This unit delivers plenty of pulling power (340Nm of torque) and is decently refined, so should be at home on or off the beaten track. Alternatively, buyers can opt for a 160PS 1.3-litre DIG-T green-pump-fuelled powerplant that comes only with 2WD and which must be mated to DCT automatic transmission. Although the X-Trail appears to have become a bit more lifestyle oriented in recent times, this is Nissan we're talking of here; manufacturers of some of the cleverest all-wheel drive systems around. They just can't help themselves. The top diesel variant's electronic four-wheel drive system, ALL MODE 4x4i, is controlled via a rotary switch on the centre console. It offers a choice between two-wheel drive, Auto mode or Lock offering permanent four-wheel drive. So far, so conventional. The X-Trail also features Active Ride Control and Active Engine Brake. Active Ride Control monitors the road surface to detect undulations which could potentially upset the pitch of the car body and alters the damping to compensate. Active Engine Brake meanwhile, harnesses the power and controllability of the Xtronic transmission to add a degree of engine braking while cornering or when decelerating to a standstill. Then there's Active Trace Control. By using on board sensors to monitor speed, steering angle, throttle opening and braking effort, Active Trace Control brakes wheels individually, as required, to reduce understeer and help the driver steer a safer path through bends: it is particularly effective on slippery, wet roads. Finally the X-Trail benefits from Uphill Start Support and Advance Hill Descent Control.

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Statistics (subset of data only)

Min

Max

0-60 mph (s):

9.7

11.4

Combined mpg:

44.1

57.6

Extra urban mpg:

51.4

62.8

Height (mm):

1715

Length (mm):

4640

Max Speed (mph):

112

124

... and 5 other stats available

Scoring (subset of scores)

Category: Crossover or SUV 4x4s

Performance
70%
Handling
70%
Comfort
70%
Space
70%
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