What's the used Nissan X-Trail 4x4 like?
While the marketing types who came up with the name Nissan X-Trail were clearly trying to emphases this seven-seat SUV’s four-wheel-drive capabilities, the reality of the matter is that the toughest terrain most X-Trails will ever face is the ‘rock crawl’ up the kerb in the local high street.
That’s because it’s a road-biased large SUV, aimed at families who would like a bit of extra space and the additional versatility this type of car can provide. To that end, you can get the X-Trail with either five or seven seats.
Updates in late 2017 saw the N-tec model renamed N-Connecta and the infotainment screen size was increased to 7ins. Acenta premium replaced Acenta in 2019, adding the all-important infotainment screen and 360 deg camera system to this popular trim level.
Soft suspension means the X-Trail leans heavily in corners, and while light steering makes it relaxing to drive around town, you do need lots of lock, even for shallow corners. To be honest, the X-Trail feels somewhat behind the times; akin to an old-school SUV rather than the modern breed, which feel more car-like to drive. The Kodiaq is certainly a nimbler beast, as is the 5008. Even the Land Rover Discovery Sport grips harder and rolls less through corners, and the firm ride means you feel the bumps as they pass beneath you, while you're shaken from side to side at lower speeds. The ride does settle a little the faster you go, though, so on the motorway you'll be fine.
A reasonably slick six-speed manual comes as standard on most models, although a noisy CVT auto option was available. The newer 1.3 petrol only comes with a seven-speed dual-clutch auto that can be a touch hesitant from a standstill.
The X-Trail's interior materials have a quality feel to them due to the use of soft touch plastics throughout. It be a little gloomy inside, though, thanks to the rather sombre colour choices. Things can be brightened up a little with a panoramic glass roof, but we have to advise caution here, as it robs a bit of head room, even for those in the middle row.