We already told you in these columns how pleased we were how the new X trail handles, looks and drives. For a longer test, we were spoiled with a Diesel version coupled to a smooth and very responsive Xtronic auto transmission. Just read further...
Hans Knol ten Bensel
Our test car came equipped with the Acenta package, and the X trail looked splendid in this livery. We liked also very much the chosen colour combination for both body and cabin.
The light colour for seats, upholstery and dashboard give the interior an airiness and subtle elegance which will seduce many. The quality of the materials also shows clearly that Nissan positions this SUV decidedly upmarket.
Balance does not show only in the way a car drives, but also in its looks. The designers succeeded in giving the X trail better and more harmonious proportions than its predecessor, and the X trail has now a more pronounced identity and personality. At the same time, family resemblance is also emphasised with the line treatment and styling of the grille.
In the cabin, we liked the general layout, the good ergonomy and, yes, the nice classic styling of the round clocks and dials. One finds also upmarket materials and piano black finishes, so you will have to polish things now and then to keep everything looking smart.
The standard equipment is quite comprehensive, with airco, hill start assist and cruise control, just to name a few.
Well proven Alliance technology.
Starting up the engine, one hears the smooth throb of the well known Renault 1,6 litre unit, which demonstrates how well downsizing has succeeded in (diesel) engine technology.
This engine harmonises very well with the larger X trail, turning out more than enough torque and power to provide lively performance in all driving circumstances. In fact, the 1,6 litre engine delivers 130 hp at 4000 rpm, with torque 236 lb/ft at 1,750 rpm. With the good pulling power at low revs, in gear accelerations and general pickup is excellent, even better in practice than the bare figures suggest.
The X trail will get you from 0 to 100 in 11,4 seconds, and here it should be stressed that the Xtronic CVT transmission makes this sprint a smooth and effortless affair, which any driver can master. The X trail will of course cruise happily for hours on end on motorways at high(er) speeds, helped by the smooth cruise control. Top speed is 180 km. Of course, economy is very good, we clocked an average consumption of 6,1 litres/100 km during our test. The manufacturer quotes CO2 emissions of 135 g/CO2,km.
Familiar chassis with family resemblance...
The X Trail shares its platform with the Qashqai, but it is longer, and the bigger wheelbase has space for an optional third row of seats in the boot. It is comfortable, steering is precise and light, multilink rear suspension and electronic chassis control systems help you to stay out of trouble when you are in a hurry and decide to throw the X trail around corners. Not that this X-trail invites you to do so, comfortable touring and cruising is more its affair.
The X trail will be sold mostly as a two wheel drive, but there is the optional ALL MODE
4 WD available and the X trail is then capable of fairly decent off road work, and is certainly interesting when you have cold winters to expect. Well, in most European regions, 2 wheel drive will be almost all you need...
The X Trail can be had with all-round camera view, a great help when maneouvring in narrow spaces...
The X trail is well styled, with an upmarket level of finish and a generous standard equipment. It offers good, brisk performance with excellent economy, and well proven Renault-Nissan Alliance technology.
The X trail is also very reasonably priced for all its size and luxury, and therefore certainly merits you attention when you want to buy this good looking, all round and very charming crossover...
Hans Knol ten Bensel