We’ve got the 2018 Nissan X-Trail in Tekna trim with the 177 dCi 2.0 litre diesel engine, 4WD and Tekna trim in for a long term test and review.
But what if you need a bit more room, and a bit more 4Wd ability than the Qashqai offers?
Well then Nissan has that covered too with the car that’s its best-selling model worldwide – the Nissan X-Trail – which also just happens to be the best-selling SUV in the world bar none too.
So we had a chat with Nissan and they’ve sent us the 2018 Nissan X-Trail Tekna dCi 177 4WD to test and review for a few months to see how it too stands up to daily life, and if it offers enough to make it a better buy in the UK for a family rather than the Qashqai.
The current X-Trail arrived as a facelift model just last year, when it got much of what you’d expect from a facelift model including a titivated front and back, LED tail lights, some new alloys, new paint options, a new steering wheel and a more upmarket interior.
2018 Nissan X-Trail Tekna – a big spec
‘Our’ X-Trail is the big spec Tekna model, complete with Nissan’s 2.0 litre 177 dCi diesel engine, manual gearbox and 4WD, and it really does come well-equipped, fully justifying this car’s £36,705 price tag (plus and extra £660 for the two occasional seat option in the boot).
That means a very pleasant interior with leather trim, heated seats (two rows), power seats in the front, heated steering wheel, opening Panoramic roof, Intelligent around view monitor, Bluetooth, DAB, NissanConnect 7″ screen with Nav, auto lights, Cruise, High Beam ASsist, Intelligent Park Assist and auto wipers.
On the safety front, there’s Chassis Control, Adaptive Lights, Blind Spot, Hill Start, Emergency Braking, Lane Departure, Cross Traffic and Moving Object Detection. No wonder the only option Nissan needed to fit was the 7-seats.
Nissan X-Trail – First Impressions
It’s hard not to like the Nissan X-Trial; it’s decent looking, has plenty of room, a big spec, a boot which swallows much more than you’d expect and it’s quite decent to drive.
Saying the X-Trail is ‘quite decent to drive’ almost seems to be damning with faint praise, but far from it; the fact the X-Trail isn’t trying to be a Nurburgring blatter is hugely in its favour.
Instead of a crashy-bashy ride and jittery handling, the X-Trail simply gets on with doing its job in a very efficient, and pleasing, way. It’s really very comfortable and accommodating, the driving position is great and you get out feeling relaxed and fresh for however long you’ve been driving.
The 2.0 litre diesel engine is strong and pulls well, although, having come from the very hushed little diesel in the Qashqai recently, it is a bit rattly at tickover and a bit more intrusive than we expected.
But the coming months, and thousands of miles, will tell us what irritates and annoys, and what pleases, as we use the X-Trail just as any busy family would.
But first impressions are very positive.