2015 Nissan X-TRAIL Ti Review

2015 Nissan X-TRAIL Ti Review

2015 Nissan X-TRAIL road test and review.

2015 Nissan X-TRAIL Ti Review
2015 Nissan X-TRAIL Ti Review.

The small and mid-size SUV market is where all the action is in the Australian car market and Nissan has a good model here to try and win over Australian car buyers.

The Nissan X-TRAIL was once marketed as more of a utilitarian offering aimed at young and active people and while it’s always been a pretty popular offering this current generation looks most likely to find a bigger share of the market.

The 2015 Nissan X-TRAIL range starts at $27,990 and there are three engines on offer – 2.0 litre petrol (106kW/200Nm, 8.2L/100km), 2.5 litre petrol (126kW/226Nm, 8.3L/100km) and 1.6 litre turbo-diesel (96kW/320Nm, 5.2L/100km).

Transmission choices are six-speed manual or seven-speed CVT automatic and there are both front wheel drive and 4×4 drivetrains on offer.

2015 Nissan X-TRAIL Ti Review
2015 Nissan X-TRAIL Ti Review.

The Ti grade of the Nissan X-TRAIL is the flagship model and is available in just the one configuration – 2.5 litre engine with auto transmission and 4×4.

Priced from $45,190 the Nissan X-TRAIL Ti offers just about everything you could want and need. Standard features include a large sunroof, leather seats (heated and electric front row), electric tail-gate, keyless entry, push-button ignition and satellite navigation.

You even get heated/cooled front cup holders!

One highlight in Nissan vehicles is the around-view camera system, this allows you to see what’s happening to the front, rear and sides of the vehicle when parking and it really is a handy and well-designed system.

2015 Nissan X-TRAIL Ti Review
2015 Nissan X-TRAIL Ti Review.

Legroom all-round is quite good, cargo space in the back is generous, this is aided by a clever sub-floor storage area too, and cabin storage areas are generously-sized as well.

The fit and finish inside the cabin is top-notch and faux carbon-fibre highlights and leather trimmed steering wheel and shifter help complete the sporty/prestige look.

From the driver’s seat the visibility is generally quite good, though those front A-pillars take a little getting used to with front and ¾ visibility impeded a little more than you might expect.

Out on the roads the 2.5 litre engine offers adequate but not necessarily exciting performance. I primarily ran the X-TRAIL Ti in the ‘Eco mode’ and averaged a very respectable 10.7L/100kms in a week of city driving.

The only issue with that fuel-saving mode is that it does tend to dull performance fairly significantly.

2015 Nissan X-TRAIL Ti Review
2015 Nissan X-TRAIL Ti Review.

The steering is quite direct, turning-circle pretty good and handling, for a 4×4 SUV, is fairly sharp. The ride is a little firm though and this is exacerbated by the reasonably low-profile tyres on the Ti’s 18” alloy wheels.

The 2015 Nissan X-TRAIL range comes with a full five-star ANCAP safety rating.

Summing it up; yes, this is a good one! Comfortable, well-equipped and just the right size the new Nissan X-TRAIL is sure to find a healthy number of Australian SUV buyers.

If you aren’t rusted on to the Ti grade, and if you want some more low-down grunt for towing etc., then the diesel grade might be worth a test drive. Overall though I was very impressed and couldn’t really find anything about the X-TRAIL that I didn’t like.

Check out our reviews of Nissan X-TRAIL competitors, including; Ford Kuga, Holden Captiva, Honda CR-V, Kia Sportage, Hyundai ix35, Mitsubishi ASX, Jeep Cherokee, Toyota RAV4 and Volkswagen Tiguan.

NUTS and BOLTS

Engine: 2.5 litre petrol producing 126kW and 226Nm

Transmission: CVT Automatic

Safety: Five stars

Warranty: 3yrs/100,000kms

Origin: Japan

Price: X-TRAIL Ti from $45,190




1 Comment

  1. Nissan xtrail owners should be supplied with a engine sound deadening blanket because of the excessive engine noise when accelerating

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