Nissan’s sales has been primarily dominated by SUV’s and 4WD’s in Australia. The X-Trail aims to enhance its standing in the medium range SUV segment and boy, does it deliver! At first glance, the X-Trail does seem like the kind of SUV which would shine both in situations of family requirements or if you want to rev it up for a fun spin on the roads. Available in three different flavours with the choice of two or four wheel drive and five or seven seats to choose from, the new X-Trail is a real gem to own and drive. It gives you the great blend of performance, usability and value for money in an all-new package.
Nissan has done very well to replace their angular designs with a more well-rounded and sleek design. The wheelbase length has been ramped up to enhance the quality of second row seating, while the front row seat backs are heavily sculpted, thus allowing for better leg room. The new EZ Flex seating structure allows for more flexibility, while the boot space has been cleverly designed to house more luggage without compromising on the comfort in the interiors. A point to note though – the third row in the seven seater can accommodate only kids due to the compact spacing.
The high point of the Nissan X-Trail is the efficient 2 litre and 2.5 litre engine variants. Both deliver exemplary performance. Standard safety features such as ABS brakes, Active Ride control, Hill Descent Control, three child restraint anchorages, Hill Start Assist, and left and right ISOFIX are available on all variants of the vehicle. The SUV lets you change from two wheel drive mode to four wheel drive mode depending on road conditions and requirements. While the car has been in production in Australia since 2001, the all-new X-Trail proves to be one of the choicest compact SUV models to watch out for in 2014.
2014 Nissan X-Trail
1) 2.0-litre petrol four 106kW/200Nm,
2) 2.5-litre petrol four 126kW/226Nm
Transmission: 6-speed manual, CVT auto
Avg. Mileage: 7.9-8.3L/100km
Price: from $27,990