What is it?
The perfect car for family adventures, says Nissan, and given the threefold increase in sales the Nissan X-Trail has enjoyed since 2014, you’d think carefully before contesting that.
We covered the car’s refreshed design during its international launch in August, but to briefly recap: the third-generation X-Trail arrived in 2014 and this, the facelift, gets subtly more aggressive exterior styling along with the option of a shade of paint – Monarch Orange – that wouldn’t raise suspicions leaving the gates of Sant’Agata. The revised car is also a touch longer and taller than before; although, with practicality in mind, Nissan has refrained from making it any wider.
Inside, Nissan has upped the X-Trail’s appeal in terms of safety and luxury. Top-spec Tekna models – in the past chosen by nearly half of all buyers – now come with Bose speakers, adaptive headlights capable of angling themselves into a bend and heated seats front and rear. The seats in Tekna models can also be trimmed in more sumptuous leather (tan or cream), while DAB radio is standard across the range. A flat-bottomed and marginally thicker steering wheel is another addition; in theory, it makes sliding into and out of the driver’s seat easier, although the premium connotations are clear.
Seeking to further tempt buyers from premium rivals, Nissan has also introduced its new ProPilot autonomous-driving technology on the new X-Trail. It says the combination of adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist work together to control steering, acceleration and braking in a single lane during both congestion and cruising at higher speeds.
Two turbocharged diesel engines - a 1.6-litre with 126bhp and a 2.0-litre that makes 174bhp and a chunk more torque - are available alongside a 1.6-litre turbo petrol boasting 161bhp. Nissan offers a six-speed manual gearbox or a CVT auto along with front or four-wheel drive, although the petrol engine is available only with two driven wheels and three pedals.
We were impressed by the more powerful diesel X-Trail during its launch in Austria but, with cars now in the UK, we’ve had an opportunity to get more familiar with the range and drive the petrol model.