What's the used Nissan X-Trail like?
For the second-generation Nissan X-Trail, the Japanese company took an evolutionary approach to the styling. If you just take a passing glance, you could easily mistake it for the original model, introduced in 2001. The trick in telling them apart is that there’s a kink in the rear pillar of the 2007 model, plus it’s a bigger, taller and more slab-sided car.
The interior was an improvement on the old X-Trail, with higher quality materials. There are still some cheap feeling plastics in there, but they’re not as prevalent as they were in the 2001 X-Trail. Refinement and overall comfort are significantly better, too, but rear seat space is actually worse; head room is fine, but leg room is strangely limited.
There are no such problems in the boot, which was the biggest in the class at the time the car was launched. The load compartment is also covered in a rugged, wipe-clean material, so those with muddy weekend hobbies won't have to worry about dirtying carpet.
The X-Trail came with a choice of two 2.0-litre dCi diesel engines (with 147bhp or 170bhp), while the original 2.0-litre petrol option was dropped in pretty short order for a 2.5-litre unit.
Most X-Trails came with a useful ‘All-Mode’ four-wheel drive system (two-wheel drive was available as well) and it’s a good car to drive, with chassis balance and steering response that were genuinely impressive for an SUV in 2007.