Nissan X Trail 2020 - A Family SUV with room for 7
The new Nissan X Trail is a large family SUV which has the option of five or seven seats, enabling large families to enjoy adventures together. The X Trail is equally as practical off-road as it is on, with a choice of FWD and AWD available, offering excellent versatility and practicality for every occasion.
The Nissan X Trail has been around for nearly 20 years with its origins starting back in 2001. It was a more rugged, off-road focused car to begin with, but over the years Nissan has adapted and changed the X Trail. They have made it more accommodating to the masses, by slowly adding more 'on-road' car traits like the ever-popular Nissan Qashqai. It still has the off-road capability, but a soft and comfortable ride for those that like the space but don't do much exploring.
The original X Trail was styled as a typical off-road SUV with a square and boxy body shape, along with a limited interior in regards to comfort and luxury. The new 3rd generation model, however, has a more rounded and sporty body style to it, which is very pleasing to the eye and is pretty cool. The interior now features the latest Nissan technologies and soft quality materials to add to that relaxing and tranquil interior you come to expect with large SUV's.
The large SUV market is highly competitive, and the X Trail will be up against some stiff competition from the like of the Hyundai Santa Fe, Skoda Kodiaq and Kia Sorento. Nissan has tried to make the list of options for the X Trail as big as possible, to appeal to the most customers. To do this the X Trail is available with a choice of 2WD or 4WD, manual or automatic transmission (there are two different automatic transmissions available), a petrol or diesel engine and five different trim levels.
The five trim levels start with the entry-level Visia, followed by the Acenta, then the Acenta Premium, then the N-Connecta and finally the top-spec Tekna model. There's an X Trail for everyone!
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Engines, Power and Performance
The X Trail comes with a choice of an advanced petrol or diesel engine to deliver greater performance, increased fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions than before. Both engines feature the latest Nissan automatic Stop/Start technology to help with this.
The petrol engine is a 1.3-litre unit badge 1.3L DIG-T, developing 158hp and 270Nm of torque which is capable of hitting 0-62mph in 11.5secs. The petrol engine is paired exclusively to a seven-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission (DCT) and 2WD.
The diesel option is a 1.7-litre engine badged 1.7L DCi, which develops 148hp and an impressive 340Nm of torque. It comes with a choice of a six-speed manual transmission or a CVT automatic both options available with either 2WD or 4WD. If you opt for the manual transmission, then the X Trail will hit 0-62mph in 10.7secs, while with the CVT transmission the 0-62mph time rises to 12.7secs.
Both engines have good performance when driving on the road thanks to their impressive torque figures, although both can be a little sluggish to get the X Trail moving off the line, thanks to its weight. The X Trail has quite a soft suspension set-up which does impact and the ride and handling and can give an unwanted amount of body roll through the corners.
Interior Quality and Technology
The interior of the Nissan X Trail as been thoroughly revamped and modernised and now features higher quality materials and technologies. The dashboard is crisp, simple and functional, if not as glitzy and glamorous as you may find in alternative large SUV's. There is no sign of a touchscreen infotainment system in either the entry-level Visia or the next level up Acenta trim levels, just a DAB Radio, CD Player and Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming.
If you want a touchscreen, you will need to choose the mid-range Acenta Premium model or above. For the extra money, you will get a 7-inch colour touchscreen featuring sat-nav, but there is no sign of smartphone mirroring with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.
For an extra £4500, you can go for the top-spec Tekna model over the entry-level Visia. By opting for this, you get a long list of extras which are more than worth the additional money layout. Some of the additional features include; an 8-speaker Bose audio system, leather seats, a 5-inch colour TFT screen and a multifunctional leather steering wheel. The list of safety features and assists also increases impressively with LED Headlamps with Adaptive Front Light System (AFS) and Safety Shield + to name just a couple.
Space, Practicality and Safety
The X Trail offers a decent amount of space inside the cabin, with front-seat occupants getting a generous amount of legroom and headroom to accommodate those in the 6ft plus range. All trim levels of the X Trail get a panoramic sunroof as standard apart from the entry-level Visia, which does have an impact on the amount of headroom found in the rear. Passengers in the back who are over 6ft tall will find the tops of their heads brushing against the roof liner. However, on a positive note, they will find a large amount of legroom to be able to stretch out a little bit.
If you have opted for the 7-seat layout, then there is very little room for anyone much bigger than a couple of small children to get comfortable on the extra 2 seats. Adults can squeeze in if the middle row of seats are slid forward, but would not be ideal for anything other than a short journey.
There are various storage cubbies located around the cabin including a couple of cupholders front and back, a generous glovebox and decent door pockets.
The boot is fairly big, not as big as a few of its rivals like the Kia Sorento or Peugeot 5008, but it is arguably more practical thanks to its shape and low/flat loading lip making getting heavy shopping in and out much easier. It has a capacity of 565-litre in 5-seat set up and 445-litres in 7-seater configuration. Once you lie the rear seats down total boot capacity rises to a spacious 1996-litres.
The Nissan X Trail scored an impressive 5-star rating at the 2014 Euro NCAP safety tests thanks to an extensive list of safety features available across the range some as standard some as optional extras or on higher-spec models. Some of the standard features include; multiple airbags, cruise control with speed limiter, tyre pressure monitor and Electronic Parking Brake with Hill Start Assist.
Other features available are; lane departure warning, Intelligent Park Assist, Traffic Sign Recognition and Blind Spot Warning to list just a few.
The Nissan X Trail is a great SUV at an affordable price, and if you can afford around £31K you can get the top-spec Tekna model which gets almost every feature you can think of as standard. The X Trail is stylish and more rounded than ever before and is worth taking a look at.