Nissan X-Trail information: everything you need to know if you own it, are thinking of buying one or just want to find out more about Nissan’s biggest off-roader. Click on the links below for all of CAR magazine’s news, reviews, videos, scoops and spy photos of the X-Trail car range. We list the top 10 stories for each model – and where appropriate you can click on ‘More’ to browse even more of our archive.
The old X-Trail used to be a tough off-roader, with the aesthetics of a Lego block and durability to match. The latest one, however, is a bit softer. Essentially a stretched Qashqai, it’s designed to fill a hole in Nissan’s range left by the old seven-seater Qashqai+2. Both five- and seven-seater versions are available. If you like the Qashqai but need more space, this is the car for you. For more information on the X-Trail, click on our further stories on the links below.
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Both two- and four-wheel-drive versions of the X-Trail are available. The latter can continually shuffle torque to whichever axle needs it and although it’s no longer a serious off-roader, it does offer a 50:50-split Lock mode to help escape from muddy fields. Tarmac is where it’s most at home, though, particularly on the motorway where it’s a very comfortable way to travel. An occasional third row of seats is an option at extra cost. Like most seven-seaters, they’re best suited to kids rather than adults. As a practical family car, the X-Trail’s not an unappealing prospect but nor is it a particularly remarkable one.
The one we’d buy
The one we’d avoid like the plague
Nissan’s Xtronic CVT gearbox is much improved but we’d still take a manual
Rivals to consider
Honda CR-V, Hyundai Santa Fe, Land Rover Discovery Sport
Build quality, efficiency, ride comfort
Blunt handling, less capable off-road than it used to be