2015 Nissan X-TRAIL road test and 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.
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.
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.
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.
NUTS and BOLTS
Engine: 2.5 litre petrol producing 126kW and 226Nm
Transmission: CVT Automatic
Safety: Five stars
Price: X-TRAIL Ti from $45,190