Prices are very competitive across the range. Not only that, there are healthy discounts available, too, and resale values are set to be better than those of its closest rivals.
The 1.6-litre diesel engine is also clean and frugal compared with the bigger engines fitted to most other large SUVs. Certainly, its lower emissions makes the Nissan the cheapest company car choice, while our real-world True MPG tests show it’ll return a commendable 45.7mpg in normal use. If you choose the more powerful 2.0-litre diesel, then be aware there’s a trade-off in terms of MPG and CO2 to consider.
Typical contract hire costs show the Nissan will be one of the cheapest options in the class for fleet providers. Insurance costs are on a par with much of the competition, while there are good finance deals available that will make the X-Trail one of the best buys if you’re buying privately on a PCP deal.
Nissan X-Trail equipment
All X-Trail models are reasonably well equipped; even entry-level Visia has alloy wheels, cruise control and air conditioning. However, if you’re not bothered about the big colour touchscreen and navigation system on higher-grade versions, mid-spec Acenta is the trim to go for. It adds a lot of useful and attractive kit including a panoramic sunroof, front and rear parking sensors, and dual-zone climate control. It also offers the option of an automatic gearbox or four-wheel drive, which aren’t available on the base trim.
N-Vision brings a touchscreen with sat nav; a DAB radio and additional safety assist features, larger alloys wheels, parking camera, and keyless entry and start making it a tempting choice. Tekna really isn’t worth the extra, unless you absolutely must have leather seats
Nissan X-Trail reliability
The Nissan X-Trail is too new to have been rated in the latest reliability survey, and it shares no mechanical components with the previous X-Trail. However, taking all of its models combined, Nissan rated ninth out of the 25 car makers surveyed, suggesting that the X-Trail’s reliability should be better than average.
The model gets a standard three-year, 60,000-mile warranty, but that includes roadside assistance and a courtesy car when your car is being serviced. You can extend it for up to six years, but it’s quite pricey next to extended warranty deals on some rivals – not to mention the standard five-year warranty on the Hyundai Santa Fe.
Nissan X-Trail safety & security
No driver’s knee airbag, but otherwise excellent.
Euro NCAP has awarded the X-Trail five stars for its safety equipment and crash worthiness. The model has six airbags, traction and stability control, hill-hold assist, a spare tyre and a system that warns you if your tyre pressure changes.
High-spec N-Vision trim adds a system that alerts the driver if the car wanders out of its lane without you signalling, stops the vehicle automatically at low speeds if it senses an imminent crash and displays the speed limit on the dash.
Range-topping Tekna brings a system that warns the driver if there’s an object in their blind spot. Together, these safety features leave much of the competition standing.
All X-Trails get remote central locking and an immobiliser, and security expert Thatcham has rated the vehicle highly for its resistance to theft and break-in.
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Great value but not available with four-wheel drive or an automatic gearbox. If this doesn’t bother you then the standard kit list, which includes alloys, air conditioning, a USB-input, a CD player and Bluetooth, may be enough.
Our pick Acenta
This is our top choice unless you want sat-nav and a colour touchscreen, in which case choose the N-Vision. Otherwise, it’s well equipped with front and rear parking sensors, automatic lights and wipers, dual-zone climate control, a panoramic sunroof and six speakers instead of four. It’s a shame that there’s no DAB digital radio, though. Again, that’s reserved for N-Vision.
This model gets more safety kit including automatic emergency braking, a 7.0in touchscreen with DAB radio and sat nav, a 360 degree camera system and a powered tailgate.
This one is too expensive to recommend but does add lots of high-tech gadgets such as automatic parking, where the car tells you if it will fit into a parallel space and steer into it as well. Heated leather seats, electric seat adjustment and blindspot warning are also included.