Nissan’s X-Trail has been a crowd-puller over the last decade and is still ranked as Australia’s third best-selling SUV. Certainly, there are good reasons behind this trail of successes. First, it is affordable, family-friendly and above all a cheaper front-drive option. Riding on 17 inch alloys, it stands tall with its handsome chrome bits which undeniably complement the leather trimmed handbrake lever and steering wheel.
The X-Trail, though relatively cheaper than its voracious rivals, does not disappoint on features and performance. While there are a huge number of confusing model variants, the 2.5 litre engine is highly economical and the all-wheel drive system works impressively off-road. If you are taking on rougher terrain, then you only need to switch to 4WD, which automatically locks the centre diff powering all wheels for better traction.
When it comes to safety, this superb SUV offers improved stability control and is equipped with six airbags. Its automatic braking system (ABS) gives it an edge over the competition especially given the additional benefit of the wagon’s off-road aids like hill descent control.
Inside the SUV, the front seats are engineered to provide good visibility while still offering great comfort. The rear bench provides room for up to three passengers without being too squeezy.
The overall design of the dashboard is relatively modern with a centre-mounted touchscreen accompanied by upswept wings. Besides that, the front provides you with a wide range of storage options from a hidey hole that’s suitable for a cell phone to a console big enough to accommodate an iPad. A 7.0-inch media screen, fully equipped with a rear-view camera completes this classic-looking dash.
X-Trail’s boot capacity is yet another thing to smile about. Offering a cargo volume of 550 litres, this SUV boasts at least 10 per cent more space than some of its closest competitors.
Its adoption of latest fuel saving technology (such as stop/start) and the fact that it is further enhanced with a CVT auto means the engine achieves an impressive 5.3L/100km for diesel- and 7.9L/100km for petrol-engine.
You’ve certainly got to enjoy the diversity that comes with this vehicle.