The Nissan X-Trail is the Japanese carmaker’s biggest seller in Australia, thanks to its stylish looks and great practicality.
Thanks to a recent upgrade, it now offers even more options including a powerful 2.0-litre diesel engine, seven seats and advanced driver assist technology.
WHAT STANDS OUT
Exterior changes are modest, and mostly limited to new wheel designs, bolder bumper plastics and revamped headlamps with LED running lights.
The technological changes are more significant, with all models coming with forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking.
All variants, except for the entry level ST with six-speed manual, have a CVT auto.
Key interior changes include a slightly revised centre console and new-look automatic gear shift.
There’s also a sporty, flat-bottomed steering wheel with a more conventional button layout that’s an improvement over the previous model.
The entry level X-Trail ST comes with a 5.0-inch touchscreen with reversing camera and Bluetooth phone connectivity. All other models feature a 7-inch touch-screen display with satellite navigation and around-view monitor to make parking even easier.
The Ti and TL models feature plush double-stitched leather-accented seats and piano black trim, plus creature comforts including front and rear heated seats, and a heated steering wheel.
It’s incredibly roomy, especially in the back, with EZ-FLEX rear seats that slide and recline for more legroom or extra cargo space.
The rear seats fold down with a 60-40 split, to extend the spacious 565-litre cargo capacity, to a van-like 945 litres.
Starting at $36,590, the mid-spec X-Trail ST-L offers the best compromise in terms of pricing, features and advanced driver assist including rear-cross traffic alert and blind spot monitoring.
For country driving the 2.0-litre diesel makes a lot of sense. However, the lack of an ST-L diesel equivalent means either getting the entry-level specced TS, and forgoing plenty of features, or spending an extra $10,000 on the top-of-the-range TL.
The technological boost makes the Nissan X-Trail an even more attractive medium SUV, especially particularly for those seeking more than just a high-riding wagon.
While it’s far more refined than previous models, it still has off-road cred and plenty of space for camping gear while offering a smooth, comfortable and now safer ride around town.