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Nissan X-Trail

The independent definitive Nissan X-Trail video review
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    By Jonathan Crouch

    In fourth generation form, Nissan's Qashqai remains the definitive, volume brand mid-sized family SUV for up to seven folk, thinks Jonathan Crouch

    Ten Second Reviewword count: 48

    Nissan's fourth generation X-Trail evolves into a more polished contender in the segment for family-sized SUVs offering up to seven seats. The cabin is nicer, the looks are sharper and you can have efficient e-POWER semi-electric petrol propulsion beneath the bonnet. Time to take this contender more seriously.

    Backgroundword count: 199

    Lots of brands claim to offer the world's best selling SUV and Nissan is one of them, the brand's X-Trail angling for that title and now in its fourth generation. If you include the US market (where this car is badged as the 'Rogue'), over three-quarters of a million X-Trails are currently being sold globally every year. An awful lot of family buyers, it seems, like the idea of a mid-sized Qashqai-class crossover, but need one with a little more space and the option of a third seating row. Seven-seat functionality hasn't always been an X-Trail trait. Earlier first and second generation versions in this model line (launched respectively in 2000 and 2007) didn't offer it, but sales took off when the third generation 'T32'-series version was introduced in 2013 with three seating rows. That model was updated in 2017 and it kick started demand for mid-sized SUVs that could seat seven. Rival SUVs like Peugeot's 5008 and three VW Group designs, the Skoda Kodiaq, the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace and the SEAT Tarraco, quickly provided attractive class alternatives. Hence the need for this fifth generation 'T33'-series X-Trail, announced early in 2021, but not on sale here until Autumn 2022.

    Driving Experienceword count: 248

    Traditionally, almost all X-Trail sales have been of diesel models. No longer. It's an all-petrol line-up now, with the old dCi powerplants replaced by Nissan's latest e-POWER system, as used on the Qashqai. You can't plug this set-up in, but it's extremely clever, hence Nissan's claim that this is a battery car with a 460 mile range and 5 minute recharging. If you don't want to pay for that level of tech, there's an entry-level conventional 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol unit with 163PS, only available with front wheel drive and the brand's Xtronic CVT auto gearbox. It's quite a clever mild hybrid unit with a variable compression ratio that allows the engine to tailor its output based on either efficiency or power. Much the same engine features in the two top e-POWER variants, but with these, it acts only as a generator, drive delivered instead by an electric motor - or two, depending on your choice of models. The front-driven version has its motor on the front axle and puts out 204PS. The AWD variant we tried adds a further electric motor on the rear axle, upping output to 213PS, offering a 0-62mph potential of 7.0 seconds and delivering permanent four-wheel drive. This e-4ORCE tech is able to respond to grip changes by altering front-to-rear torque distribution in less than a thousandth of a second. Plus with the extra rear motor comes a high-tech brake vectoring and brake regeneration set-up, which is supposed to deliver a more stable ride.

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    £32,030.00 (At 16 Sep 2022)

    £42,520.00 (At 16 Sep 2022)

    Insurance group 1-50:



    CO2 (g/km):

    132 (e-POWER)

    Max Speed (mph):

    105 (e-POWER)

    0-62 mph (s):

    8 (e-POWER)

    Combined Mpg:

    48.6 (e-POWER)

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    Boot Capacity (l):


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