There’s the hit in fuel economy and CO2 to consider here, because even with a manual gearbox the new 2.0-litre engine falls some way short of the existing 1.6-litre diesel’s 57.6mpg and 129g/km figures. Under the current road tax system, you’ll pay £35 more per year for the 2.0-litre X-Trail, as well as spending more time and money at the fuel pumps.
It's also worth noting this X-Trail's pricing, which at £33,760 is more expensive than similar versions of the CX-5 and Santa Fe. Nissan only offers the 2.0-litre engine on Acenta trim and above, so entry-level Visia models miss out. The price leap is fairly substantial: a 2.0-litre-engined Acenta X-Trail costs £1250 more than if you stick with the 1.6-litre unit.
That said, if you’re one of the existing X-Trail owners who’ve been looking for a more powerful version of the car, then you’ll be largely happy with this result. Likewise, if you’re used to the similarly sized engines in other large SUVs, then buying an X-Trail will no longer feel like such a backward step.
It’s good news if you plan on towing, too, because the towing capacity of this X-Trail has been raised by 150kg to 1650kg if you opt for the CVT transmission. Otherwise, manual versions remain at 2000kg - and it’s worth remembering that the Santa Fe will tow 2500kg.
Ultimately, we’d stick with the current 1.6-litre engine, because while it’s a little slower than rivals, it’s not really noticeable under everyday conditions, and the extra fuel efficiency is a welcome bonus.
Nissan X-Trail 2.0 Tekna 4WD
Location Switzerland; On sale January; Price £33,760; Engine 1995cc, four-cylinder, diesel; Power 175bhp at 3750rpm; Torque 280lb ft at 2000rpm; Gearbox 6-speed manual; Kerb weight 1675kg; 0-62mph 9.4sec; Top speed 127mph; Economy 50.5mpg; CO2/tax band 149g/km, 29% Rivals Ford Kuga, Mazda CX-5, Hyundai Santa Fe