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NISSAN X-TRAIL Used Car Review

The X-Trail has established itself as one of the most popular Nissan models since its 2001 introduction. It continues to share its platform and other components with its Qashqai/Dualis stablemate, as well as the Renault Koleos SUV as part of the giant Renault-Nissan alliance. The Nissan X-Trail featured a boxy, trad-4WD look for its first two generations before the latest model adopted curvier lines in acknowledgement of its primary role as urban transport.

Pros

Cons

  • Third-row option added for current generation (2014 on)
  • Flexible interior thanks to sliding second-row seats
  • More powerful 2.0L turbo diesel replaced 1.6L in 2017 update
  • Good fuel efficiency from both petrol and diesel engines
  • AWD variants not available with seven seats
  • Current generation dropped clever reversible cargo floor plus drawers
  • Six-monthly service intervals for pre-updated model
  • Foot-operated park brake
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.
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Overview of the Nissan Xtrail

Overview of the Nissan Xtrail

The X-Trail has established itself as one of the most popular Nissan models since its 2001 introduction.

It continues to share its platform and other components with its Qashqai/Dualis stablemate, as well as the Renault Koleos SUV as part of the giant Renault-Nissan alliance.

The Nissan X-Trail featured a boxy, trad-4WD look for its first two generations before the latest model adopted curvier lines in acknowledgement of its primary role as urban transport.

NISSAN X-TRAIL GENERATIONS (SINCE 2001)

2001-2007

2007-2014

2014 onwards

RUNNING COSTS

Fuel Consumption

2.5L 4-cylinder: 7.9 to 8.3 litres per 100km

2.0L 4-cylinder turbo diesel: 6.0 to 6.1 litres per 100km

1.6L 4-cylinder turbo diesel: 5.3 litres per 100km

= Highly economical.

= Good economy.

= Average fuel use.

= Heavy consumption.

Servicing

SIMILAR MODELS TO NISSAN X-TRAIL

WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR: NISSAN X-TRAIL (2007 to 2013)

Because these were big inside compared with the competition, many X-Trails were used by pet owners and mountain bikers. Combine that with the hard-plastic interior trim that was easily scratched and an X-Trail can quickly look pretty shabby inside.

If the steering wheel or column starts making a noise, pull over and stop the car. There was a recall for a bolt that connected the steering system, which could come loose and finally jump ship altogether and, if that happened, the vehicle suddenly lost its steering.

The diesel X-Trail is, like many others of its sort, prone to blocking up of its soot filter if the vehicle has been used for short, urban journeys. Nissan developed a new program for the computer that altered the way the EGR valve works, reducing this problem, but it's still something to investigate in a second-hand example.

Many dealers uploaded this new software during routine servicing and the owner never even knew about it. But it's worth having the upgrade done as it also liberates a bit more power.