Overall reader verdict 3 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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129 reader reviews for Nissan X-Trail 4x4.
  • 2.2 Di SVE 5dr

    Richard Rayner , . Date: 02/06/2015
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      32

    My car

    To start with the good points, this car is practical, it has plenty of space, it is comfortable and fairly well equipped. The 2.2 litre diesel is a good engine with bags of pulling power and can cruise at way over legal motorway speeds. The Nissan has good off road capabilities and has served me well in this area, excellent in snow and winter weather. The down side to this car is its build quality and reliability. The interior quality is low, the engine sounds like a tractor and the interior trim rattles worse than any car I have previously owned. Whilst the engine is strong, the rest of the car leaves much to be desired. Suspension bushes need replacing regularly, particularly the rear anti roll bushes ( every 15,000 miles ) . The brakes are inadequate and need constant attention, my car went through 3 track rod ends in 20,000 miles. And needed a new intercooler at 70,000. This car has never passed an MOT ! If you want practicality then this is a great buy, but beware of running costs, these out way the good bits.

  • 2.0 S 5dr

    Matthew Stamp , . Date: 01/02/2015
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      29

    My car

    I bought this as a compromise, because I thought it would be more car-like than a proper 4X4 and capable enough off road for my needs. Big boot and a pokey 2.5 petrol engine. So it satisfies a lot of practical needs, but it won't make you feel good driving it.

    Handling is poor unless you drive like you have a goldfish in a bowl on the dash. The gearchange is snatchy, and on the road this can lead to some jerky first changes. Off road, in mud or snow it requires finesse and a feathered clutch to make sure you can set off without stalling or spinning. Low ratio would be nice, and a touch more ground clearance, but then it's a compromise car not a real 4X4.

    Other niggles-the radio is appalling, and the heater dangerously located in the bowels of the dashboard. Changing any setting requires the driver to look down at the dark digital readout, toggle through the unwanted modes by pressing tiny buttons while trying not to crash.

    Having said all this, with a set of Michelin Latitude Cross on the front, I have found it remarkably capable off road. It gets round muddy fields and rutted tracks with very little trouble. But that is mostly down to the tyres. Slippery grass slopes, snowy roads and sandy beaches all handled with boring reliability as long as you are sensible.

    And that's the problem. It's capable but boring. Bought cheap off eBay, it has cost hardly anything in repairs. No belt to change, no turbo to blow; it'll probably go for years! Oh joy!

  • 2.2 dCi SVE 5dr

    Dave Vernon , . Date: 24/08/2013
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      25

    My car

    Well it's time for Precious to go. I posted a review in June 2006 and we've done what we said we should have done back then and bought a VW. To be fair it's not been all bad but the yearly bills are just getting bigger every time. She's had six, oh yes six front brake calipers, i made a jig and can have them off and serviced in two hours now. On her fourth rear calipers. New brake pipes. New turbo at 10k miles. New front discs. New anti roll bar bushes every service. Paint on the wheels is now like a textured coating and has virtually disappeared. Engine has never been quiet, my old tractor, registered in 1969 runs smoother.

    Nissan were a nightmare to deal with, so have dealt with an independent local garage sincee the warranty ran out. Precious is eight years old, 29k miles, looks good as new bar the wheels. Ventilation/demisting has been rubbish from day one, exhaust brackets are rotting away although the pipe is fine.

    It's been an experience but it ends next weekend when she takes her last run, I dearly hope she makes it, to be replaced by a Tiguan.

  • 2.2 dCi Sport 5dr

    Douglas Traquair , Aberdeenshire . Date: 03/12/2011
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      38

    My car

    After a long search for a new car I went for the 2.2 DCi X Trail in Sport trim. I'm very happy with the car, it drives very well compared to other similar 4x4 and the cabin is well laid out. The level of kit was improved in early 2005 so go for one of these if you can, 6 disk CD, air con, huge sunroof, 17in 6 spoke alloys and cruise control as standard. During my extensive search I had read of problems with the DCi engine but decided to take the chance. The car I bought has an impeccable service history and is in very good condition. 2 weeks into ownership sitting at traffic lights idling and when I went to move off the car had no power and wouldn't rev above 2000 rpm, I was able to stop and restarted the engine and all back to normal, this fault continued to happen when ever I idled and sometime during normal driving. The engine light came on after a couple of days so off to the garage. I'd put my symptoms into the web and it came up as a solenoid on the diesel pump, garage agreed and changed it for £305 (not £2000 as some garages used to say for the whole diesel pump). A week later I pulled out of a junction and a large pop from the engine followed by a banshee type screaming, blown turbo! £700 plus fitting. Luckily I bought the car from a garage and they very kindly paid for both issues at local garages despite the seller being a small garage 300 miles from where I live. RS Morphet in Sedburgh (highly recommended). Fingers crossed that that's my problems over.

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