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.
When paired with front-wheel drive and a manual gearbox, the 1.7-litre diesel engine’s official economy and CO2 emissions are respectable, at 43.5mpg and 137g/km; adding four-wheel drive and an automatic gearbox drops those figures to 37.7mpg and 168g/km. The comparative Kodiaq diesel with four-wheel drive is a lot more frugal, though, at 43.5mpg and 142g/km.
If you’re set on running an X-Trail as a company car, the 1.3-litre petrol will be more cost-effective. You might also want to check out the 5008, though, because it offers some of the most competitive benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax rates in the class.
Equipment, options and extras
The cheapest X-Trail trim level is Visia, which comes with basics such as cruise control and air conditioning, as well as 17in alloy wheels. As with the rest of the line-up, a third row of seats is optional.
Mid-spec Acenta adds a lot of useful features, including dual-zone climate control, driver’s lumbar support adjustment and power-folding door mirrors. You also get panoramic sunroof, but this limits rear head room, so you might want to check before you buy.
N-Connecta is our pick; it brings the 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system and sat-nav we mentioned earlier, as well as 18in alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, a bird’s eye view camera system and keyless entry and start, as well as a hands-free electric tailgate. You also get lots more safety kit. Tekna really isn’t worth the extra unless you absolutely must have an upgraded Bose sound system and heated leather seats in the first two rows.
Nissan performed poorly in the 2019 What Car? Reliability Survey, finishing 28th out of 31 manufacturers. That’s worse than Peugeot and way below Kia, Hyundai and Skoda, with only Land Rover, Renault and Jeep placing lower. The X-Trail finished bottom in the large SUV class – a very disappointing result.
You might want to brush up on its warranty details, then. Nissan offers a three-year/60,000-mile warranty that includes roadside assistance and a courtesy car. You can extend this cover to up to six years, but doing so is quite pricey compared with extended warranty deals on some rivals.
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.
Security experts Thatcham Research awarded the X-Trail a maximum five stars for preventing thieves from driving it away and four stars for resisting a break-in.
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