The Nissan X Trail was first introduced as part of the brands line up in 200 and has been produced ever since. It's third generation model saw it become identical to the North American Nissan Rogue and when production of it ended there was a brief period where new models were unavailable in the UK.
With the launch of the all new fourth generation X Trail, Nissan has brought e-Power to the forefront of its collection as it moves further towards electrification. Our review will guide you through the new model, highlighting it's successes and differences from its predecessors.
At first look it's easy to see that the design of the All New Nissan X Trail has been given a more modern design in the same way that other Nissan models have. The rear window surrounds are black to give the impression of a floating roof alongside black side skirts and wheel arches which enhance the look of its ground clearance.
As well as a choice of nine solid paint options, upper trim levels additionally have five two tone combinations that can be chosen too. This gives the model a striking and sporty style, especially with the brighter colour choices.
Even at entry level the new Nissan X Trail you'll be delighted with how much room you'll have. The front seats are ergonomic to provide you with the best support possible and you'll have no problems fitting tall passengers in either thanks to plenty of leg room.
The second row of seats can also be stationary or on a sliding mechanic, again giving you lots of flexibility for taller passengers or to comfortably fit child seats. The All New Nissan X Trail is designed with your family in mind and makes travelling all together easy.
The interior itself is well laid out with physical controls for air conditioning, which many people still like to have. Below that lies the neatly tucked away USB ports and then the sleek console for the cupholders, mode selection, and parking brake. It feels very similar to the way that hybrid Volvo models are set out in terms of simplicity and overall aesthetic.
Nissan highlight that there are isofix points in the two outer seats in the second row which will allow you to fit two child seats and comfortably fit a third in between, such as a booster seat for an older child. This is a great feature of the new Nissan X Trail as many families do struggle to find a car where three child seats fit securely and with enough space for each.
The All New Nissan X Trail is has boot space that is really versatile thanks to it's signature Nissan design elements. With the second row seats folding in a 40:20:40 split you can still have passengers and awkward sized items traveling together. There are also adaptable luggage boards that come with the X Trail which allow you to configure the space in the boot to suit what you're carrying. For example you can set up a section for your grocery shopping to sit so that it doesn't fall over whilst keeping the kids bikes from sitting on top of it.
The actual figures for boot space differ depending on which type of X Trail you purchase and how you have it set up. A five seat petrol model will have 585 litres of space whilst a hybrid will see this drop slightly to 575 litres. If you opt to use 7 seats the third row obviously takes some of this space away and reduces it further to 485 litres.
With all rear seats folded a mild hybrid will have 1424 litres of room, the hybrid will have 1396, and an X Trail fitted with a third row of seats will see this drop to 1298. Regardless of how many seats you need, the Nissan X Trail has generous amounts of storage space available.
There are three engine options available for the All New X Trail: one mild hybrid and two with Nissan's e-Power hybrid system. These are all cleaner options than were available on the previous generations and are a large part of Nissan's route to full electrification.
The VC Turbo mild hybrid engine combines a 1.5 litre petrol engine capable of 163PS with a small electric motor. The petrol engine is still used to power the wheels but the small lithium ion battery supports it by absorbing energy from regenerative braking. This then gives an additional boost during take off and let's the petrol engine take a break at the same time.
This engine option will give you a combined mpg of 39.80 and CO2 emissions of 161g/km. As expected this is not the best performing option in the range as it's hybrid support is minimal in comparison to the e-Power models.
Nissan e-Power uses a petrol engine to charge a battery which powers and electric motor which then solely powers the wheels. This is different to a traditional hybrid which still uses the internal combustion engine to power the wheels whilst the battery produces additional energy to support it. The result is reduced tailpipe emissions, superior fuel efficiency, and the feel of driving a fully electric car.
The e-Power 204 is a 1.5 litre hybrid engine capable of 204PS. This gives you the best fuel economy of all options with a combined mpg of 48.70 and the lowest CO2 emissions too at 132 g/km. It's tailpipe emissions are also considerably less than the previous generation of Nissan X Trail where the least amount produced was 143g/km.
The e-Power 213 is capable of 213PS, as the name suggests. Its performance is a little lower than the e-Power 204 at 44.8 mpg combined and it's CO2 emissions are 143 g/km. It also has what Nissan call e-4orce which is four wheel drive powered by two electric motors meaning that you can combine the power of electric capability with the all wheel drive experience.
There are five trim levels available on the All new Nissan X Trail: Visia, Acenta Premium, N-Connecta, Tekna, and Tekna+.
The entry level Visia model will give you 18 inch alloy wheels, a shark fin antenna, body coloured door handles and mirrors, LED daytime running lights, LED headlights, high beam assist, rain sensing wipers, auto rear wiper when reversing, electric parking brake, hill start assist, rear parking sensors, and drive mode selection.
Internally you can expect a multifunction leather steering wheel, faux leather finishes for the dashboard, height adjustable front seatbelts, front tinted windows with super UV infrared cut glass, rear air vents, bottle holders on front and rear doors, centre console with storage, height adjustable driver's seat, Bluetooth audio streaming, and front and rear USB charging points.
Stepping up to the Acenta Premium trim will add wireless Apple Carplay and wired Android Auto, an 8 inch NissanConnect display, i-Key with handsfree functions, sunglasses holder, height adjustable front passenger seat, auto folding mirrors, driver and front passenger sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors, front parking sensors, and a rear view camera.
The N-Connecta Nissan X Trail adds roof rails, rear privacy glass with super UV and infrared cut glass, LED tail lights, LED rear fog lights, tilt and telescopic manual adjustment for the steering wheel, remote control services, manual lumbar support adjustment for the front passenger seat, electrical lumbar support adjustment for the driver's seat, and automatic dual zone climate control with a pollen filter.
The highlight of the N-Connecta is definitely it's heightened emphasis on the interior experience. The centre touchscreen increases to 12.3 inches and is joined by a 12.3 inch full TFT combimeter to give the driver full cockpit style immersion as they drive.
Upgrading to the Tekna adds 19 inch diamond cut alloy wheels, a panoramic glass roof, a powered hands free tailgate, Propilot assist, wireless phone charging, a 10.8 inch head up display, synthetic leather upholstery, automatic tri zone climate control, heated front and rear seats, electrically adjustable seat and lumbar support for the front seats with electrically adjustable thigh support, active sound control, and a wireless phone charger.
The highest trim level available is the Tekna+ which includes 20 inch diamond cut alloy wheels, quilted leather upholstery, a premium Bose sound system with 10 speakers, Bose Acoustimass bass box, digital amplifier, telematics, and firmware updates over the air capability.
The All New Nissan X Trail has received a 5 star safety rating from Euro NCAP, placing it on par with other in the large off road section such as the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport and electric models such as the Audi Q4 E-Tron and the BMW iX.
You can expect a lot of safety equipment to be included with your All New Nissan X Trail. As well as driver and passenger airbags you'll have curtain, front side, and far side airbags, front and rear seat belt reminders, and rear door child locks. This is matched with ABS which has EBD and brake assist, booster emergency braking with emergency stop signal, and Nissan Intelligent Mobility.
The Nissan Intelligent Mobility systems include adaptive cruise control with speed limiter, intelligent front emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist recognition and junction assist, blind spot intervention, rear automatic braking, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, diver alertness, forward collision warning, lane departure prevention and warning, and traffic sign recognition.
For peace of mind you'll also have a 3 year or 60,000 mile warranty (depending on which you reach first). This will cover any issues that arise that are found to be due to the manufacturing process or parts and can be extended until your car reaches 10 years old or 10,000 miles.
The Nissan X Trail price for the fourth generation is a little higher than it was for its previous generation. However, when you look at all of the updated and upgraded technology both within the cabin and under the bonnet, it makes sense and is most definitely worth the extra pennies.
The entry level Visia begins at £32,030 followed by the Acenta Premium at £33,705. The N-Connecta at £36,530 is where you'll start to really get more for your money. This is where the larger infotainment and dashboard display are introduced which is the big USP of this new model. The top trim Tekna and Tekna+ are then £39,850 and £42,520 respectively. This then gives you all of the equipment, the largest alloy wheels, and leather upholstery if you opt for the Tekna+.
These prices are all with the mild hybrid engine. Upgrading to an e-Power engine and adding on additional equipment will all cause the initial cost to rise.
The All New Nissan X Trail is a triumph for the brand thanks to its superior technology and new engine options. Whilst it's not yet a fully electric model, you'll need to look at the Nissan Ariya for that, it's an SUV with all wheel drive with excellent hybrid power.
Our team at John Clark Nissan Aberdeen are always on hand to offer advice and answer any further questions that you may have.