Nissan X-Trail Review

By Monmi   |  October 31, 2013


Nissan or Nissan Motor Co. Ltd., as it is often referred to, is a Japanese automobile manufacturer, which formerly marketed vehicles under the Datsun brand name until 1983. Now, the company is controlled by the French automaker Renault S.A. and is located in Tokyo. Nissan is Japan's third largest car manufacturer after Toyota and Honda.

The X-Trail is one of Nissan's powerful SUVs. It is powered by a M9R Nissan engine. This engine is widely considered to be the world's benchmark V6 engine for its combination of smoothness, reliability and high power output. India has proved itself as a market for new opportunities, and for Nissan too. Nissan spreads its tentacles on the Indian soil with the launch of the X-Trail. It is a compact SUV with a proven track record worldwide, thanks to its excellent on-road performance, world-class 4x4 capability and plush interiors. It is not far behind in winning attributes that has led to the car being awarded top honours around the world, including 'Best Recreational Vehicle' in the UK , 'Internet Car of the Year' in Japan, 'Best Product for Customers' in Mexico and 'Best Small SUV' in Dubai. With its impressive advanced features, it competes with the Honda CR-V, Ford Endeavour, Mitsubishi Pajero and Toyota Fortuner. Now, Nissan has introduced the X-Trail with a makeover. The New X-Trail is available in three editions - LT, SLX and SLX AT.

Nissan X-Trail Review

Nissan X-Trail Performance Review

Powertrain & Performance

The New Nissan X-TrailL's 2-litre turbo-fed diesel engine pumps out 150 bhp @ 4,000 rpm and an impressive 320 Nm @ 2,000 rpm. This light-weight and low-revving engine has light aluminium heads. This rugged, all-terrain vehicle has a silky smooth power plant under its hood. Power is regulated either through 6-speed manual transmission or 6-speed automatic transmission to all the wheels. It has overdrive on the 4th, 5th and the 6th gears. Shifting is precise, silky smooth and typically Nissan, rally-tested. Powerful and responsive, it sprints to 100 km/h in 10.8 seconds.

The New X-Trail comes with the latest electronically controlled four-wheel drive (4WD) system, the ALL MODE 4x4-i. This new system enhances stability by instantaneously analysing information received from a steering angle sensor, a yaw rate sensor and a lateral accelerometer, to estimate the driver's cornering path and control front/rear torque split for smooth cornering behaviour on slippery road surfaces. Also new for this generation X-Trail are the Hill Descent Control (HDC) and Hill Start Assist (HSA) features. All three systems are designed to provide peace of mind for the driver through superior control and stability. One can expect a stable performance on all kinds of roads, like muddy, gravel and slippery slopes.

Nissan X-Trail Build, Styling Review

Build & Styling

The New X-TrailL is a combination of utmost comfort and convenience, not often seen in compact 4WDs. Plush sedan-sized seats offer sufficient room to spread out and relax tired legs. The 60/40 split-fold rear seats fold completely flat, making enough room for cargo. The New X-Trail's innovative central instrument display provides amazing visibility and creates space for a host of storage options. The X-Trail comfortably seats up to five adults in its spacious interior with loads of headroom and legroom. It is easy to clean the surfaces in the new Nissan X-Trail as it is made up of new water-repellent materials.

The New X-Trail conveniently has three 12-volt power outlets; one in the driver's box, one combined with the cigarette lighter and one smartly situated in the rear cargo area. A large sunroof is available on the SLX and SLX AT models; it features leather seat trim, power driver, passenger front seats and a huge luggage floor tray. The New X-Trail's innovative centre-mounted meter display provides increased visibility down the bonnet line for better road visibility. The entertainment in the X-Trail comes with a high quality four speaker 2DIN AM/FM CD player as standard. The occupants can enjoy the benefits of a warm and cool box, where one can store cold drinks or coffee. Rear passengers get the benefit of cup-holders that are located behind the centre storage console.

Safety features include Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), 4-Ventilated Disc Brakes, CSR Halogen Headlights and Dual Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) Airbags. All the X-Trail models feature dual SRS front air bags as standard equipment. Front seat belt pretensioner is also provided. Three-point seat belts for three seats and front active head restraints are the other features for safety of the driver and passengers.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros

    Outstanding power with impressive torque. Responsive steering. Smooth shifting 6-speed transmission.
  • Cons

    Boxy looks.