New Nissan X-Trail review

Category: Large SUV

Section: Driving

Nissan X-Trail 2022 rear cornering
  • Nissan X-Trail 2022 front cornering
  • Nissan X-Trail 2022 rear cornering
  • Nissan X-Trail 2022 interior dashboard
  • Nissan X-Trail 2022 interior rear seats
  • Nissan X-Trail 2022 interior infotainment
  • Nissan X-Trail 2022 right tracking
  • Nissan X-Trail 2022 front cornering
  • Nissan X-Trail 2022 rear left tracking
  • Nissan X-Trail 2022 rear left tracking
  • Nissan X-Trail 2022 alloy wheel detail
  • Nissan X-Trail 2022 headlight detail
  • Nissan X-Trail 2022 interior front seats
  • Nissan X-Trail 2022 interior steering wheel
  • Nissan X-Trail 2022 interior detail
  • Nissan X-Trail 2022 interior detail
  • Nissan X-Trail 2022 interior detail
  • Nissan X-Trail 2022 boot open
  • Nissan X-Trail 2022 boot open seats down
  • Nissan X-Trail 2022 front cornering
  • Nissan X-Trail 2022 rear cornering
  • Nissan X-Trail 2022 interior dashboard
  • Nissan X-Trail 2022 interior rear seats
  • Nissan X-Trail 2022 interior infotainment
  • Nissan X-Trail 2022 right tracking
  • Nissan X-Trail 2022 front cornering
  • Nissan X-Trail 2022 rear left tracking
  • Nissan X-Trail 2022 rear left tracking
  • Nissan X-Trail 2022 alloy wheel detail
  • Nissan X-Trail 2022 headlight detail
  • Nissan X-Trail 2022 interior front seats
  • Nissan X-Trail 2022 interior steering wheel
  • Nissan X-Trail 2022 interior detail
  • Nissan X-Trail 2022 interior detail
  • Nissan X-Trail 2022 interior detail
  • Nissan X-Trail 2022 boot open
  • Nissan X-Trail 2022 boot open seats down
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In this section:
  • Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox
  • Suspension and ride comfort
  • Handling
  • Noise and vibration

Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox

You can have your Nissan X-Trail in two different flavours, the first of which is a mild hybrid. That version, badged the VC-Turbo, gets its power from a 1.5 turbocharged petrol engine and a 12V hybrid system, which helps to boost efficiency. In total, it gives you 161bhp, so it should be more than enough for normal driving. 

Then there’s the E-Power engine. This sits somewhere between the world of normal cars and electric cars, featuring a 1.5 turbocharged petrol engine that never actually interacts with the front wheels directly. Instead, the engine charges a battery which, in turn, then gives you 201bhp through an electric motor on the front axle. 

As you get faster, the subtle busyness disappears, at which point the X-Trail is perfectly comfortable, proving an effective shield from imperfections, and only thudding through the worst potholes. Despite the soft suspension, the X-Trail never feels floaty as the Citroen C5 Aircross does, nor does it exhibit the same side-to-side sway over undulations. 

If comfort is important to you, we suspect that sticking to the smaller 18in alloy wheels, which come as standard with all the trims below Tekna, will help to make the X-Trail even more comfortable. Alternatively, you might want to take a look at the better-riding Skoda Kodiaq.

Nissan X-Trail 2022 rear cornering

Handling

New car deals
Save up to £1,218
Target Price from £31,059
Save up to £1,218
or from £375pm
Swipe to see used and leasing deals
Nearly new deals
From £41,000
Leasing deals
From £345pm