Performance & drive
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox
The Nissan X-trail's 157bhp 1.3-litre petrol engine is shared with the smaller Nissan Qashqai. It hesitates when moving the heavy X-Trail from a standstill and requires you to push the accelerator hard before it springs into life.
When on the move, though, it pulls surprisingly hard for its relatively small capacity and shows real willingness to be revved hard, while the fact that the standard seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox is relatively swift to respond also aids performance.