Nissan X-Trail review

Category: Large SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

Nissan X-Trail 2019 RHD centre dial detail
  • Nissan X-Trail 2019 front tracking
  • Nissan X-Trail 2019 rear tracking
  • Nissan X-Trail 2019 RHD dashboard
  • Nissan X-Trail 2019 RHD rear seats
  • Nissan X-Trail 2019 RHD centre dial detail
  • Nissan X-Trail 2019 RHD front right tracking
  • Nissan X-Trail 2019 RHD right side panning
  • Nissan X-Trail 2019 RHD rear static
  • Nissan X-Trail 2019 RHD front seats
  • Nissan X-Trail 2019 front tracking
  • Nissan X-Trail 2019 rear tracking
  • Nissan X-Trail 2019 RHD dashboard
  • Nissan X-Trail 2019 RHD rear seats
  • Nissan X-Trail 2019 RHD centre dial detail
  • Nissan X-Trail 2019 RHD front right tracking
  • Nissan X-Trail 2019 RHD right side panning
  • Nissan X-Trail 2019 RHD rear static
  • Nissan X-Trail 2019 RHD front seats
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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

When comparing equivalent engines and trims, the X-Trail looks competitively priced next to the Kodiaq. However, the Kodiaq is predicted to hold onto more of its value (which helps when buying on finance) and offers a broader choice of engine power options.

You might also want to look elsewhere if you're a company car driver; the Peugeot 5008 in particular offers some of the most competitive benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax rates in the class.

Hyundai offers a standard five-year warranty on the Santa Fe, while Kia trumps that with a class-leading seven years on its Sorento.

Safety and security

Automatic emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian recognition is standard on mid-range Acenta models and above. N-Connecta models add traffic sign recognition and lane departure warning (these are optional on the lower trims), while range-topping Tekna models add blindspot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. 

Euro NCAP awarded the X-Trail five stars for safety back in 2014, but, because the tests have become more demanding since then, it can’t be directly compared to five-star rivals such as the Seat Tarraco, which was tested in 2019.

Overview

The Nissan X-Trail is okay in isolation, but there are rivals with better handling, comfort, interior space and infotainment systems for similar or less money. The low running costs of the diesel models might still prove tempting, but newer rivals make it feel a bit of a dinosaur.

  • Strong petrol engine
  • Option of third row of seats
  • Upper trim levels come well equipped
  • Relatively poor resale values
  • Not much fun to drive
  • Noisy diesel engine