• Storage and passenger space, smoothness, off-road ability, decent quality
  • Styling is a little awkward

OUR RATING
8 / 10



Nissan X-Trail Review
Nissan X-Trail Review
Nissan X-Trail Review

Model Tested:

  • 2011 Nissan X-Trail ST; 2.5-litre, four-cylinder, petrol; six-speed manual; five-door SUV

CarAdvice Rating:

The compact SUV market is burgeoning these days. Every major manufacturer has one to offer, so there has to be something special about a compact SUV to grab your attention and separate it from the pack. The Nissan X-Trail was recently updated, but looking at it, you’d probably never realise. That’s a shame, because some may overlook what is essentially a great compact SUV.

The changes are mostly cosmetic with slight detail differences. The front end, for example, features a Patrol-style chrome grille, plus two angled creases that slope down away from the grille, creating an “X” shape, which echoes the car’s name. The headlights feature a tear-drop style while park lights are now an L-shaped dotted line at the top of the light cluster. The taillights are now LED too, meaning they’re now virtually replacement-free.

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Nissan X-Trail Review
Nissan X-Trail Review

Inside there’s a redesigned velour trim for the seats, plus slightly thicker and more durable material. The seats are still extremely comfortable and excellent on long journeys. Headroom is outstanding and the rear seats have plenty of space, which features 10mm more legroom due to a redesign of the front seat backs.

Inside, the updates continue through the instrumentation, which now receives a crisp information screen (shared with the new Nissan Dualis) between the speedo and tacho, and displays fuel use, average consumption, average speed, distance-to-empty, outside temperature, time and other details. The dials are clear and feature large numbers and segments.

Storage spaces are plentiful, with good sized door pockets, a massive lidded bin in the centre of the dashtop, cooled cupholders for the driver and passenger, plus a huge glovebox. Although there are some hard plastics on the door trims and centre stack, the dashboard is a bit more pliable and there are no nasty cutlines or ill-fitting trim pieces.

The X-Trail ST 4WD (as tested here) is the base specification, but it now gets a six-stacker CD/MP3 plus Bluetooth as standard. On the steering wheel, there’s cruise control, audio controls and phone call/end buttons; the wheel is also height and reach adjustable. As far as features go, the X-Trail ST is already loaded up and that’s before you get to the more expensive models in the range.

Nissan X-Trail Review
Nissan X-Trail Review
Nissan X-Trail Review
Nissan X-Trail Review

Despite it being a black test car with a predominantly black interior and large glass area, the air-con worked very well on the run of 35-degree days recently. But what the large glasshouse also gives you is brilliant visibility in all directions except below the back window – a reversing camera would be a good option to have, however it’s not offered.

If it’s space you’re after though, almost no compact SUV today can hold a candle to the X-Trail. Passengers will enjoy the room inside the car, but it’s the boot that is (quite literally) the biggest feature here. It’s wide, tall and deep, and then you’ve got the segmented drawer spaces underneath.

The whole boot is plastic coated, which can be a little annoying when prams and bags slide around, but at least you won’t get your carpet hacked to bits by sharp objects. But the backs of the rear seats are also covered in plastic meaning that when you fold them down, there’s a massive, completely flat floor area for loading cargo. In fact, it’s that big you could lay down a mattress and sleep in it.

On the road, the X-Trail’s naturally aspirated 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol needs a little revving to get going, but it’s smooth and quiet and once in its stride it has some legs thanks to the easy-shifting six-speed manual.

Nissan X-Trail Review

It takes a little over nine seconds to get from 0-100km/h and with the recent upgrade, the engine makes the same power and torque (125kW and 226Nm) but fuel use has dropped. It now uses 9.1 litres/100km on the ADR combined cycle but on test we managed slightly higher than that: 10.9L/100km, which for city driving and a bit of off-road work means it’s got plenty of potential to drop a lot further.

The X-Trail features Nissan’s All-Mode 4WD system which has a rotary switch located on the centre console which allows you to run it in 2WD to save fuel, in automatic – where it will choose if the rear wheels need any drive power – or a locked 4WD setting which splits the torque 50/50 front/rear wheels. The LOCK mode only works up until 40km/h, after which it reverts back to the auto mode, preventing the on-demand system from overheating.

It works brilliantly both on- and off-road. On road, for example, if you are going around a roundabout, leave it in 2WD mode and put the boot in, the front inside wheel will start to spin up. In 4WD mode, it reacts instantly and you get no wheelspin at all, showing the system’s predictability.

Off-road it’s a similar story. The on-demand system keeps drive happening seamlessly, so much so that even soft beach sand is no challenge, provided the ESC is switched off. If you’re thinking about doing sand work and opting for a self-shifter, then don’t, unless you’re buying a diesel X-Trail: the petrol comes with a CVT transmission and it takes forever to wind up, by which time you’ll have bogged yourself.

On- and off-road, the X-Trail’s ride is very good. It has a good balance between road holding and bump absorption, although it does tend to roll a bit in corners, and is most noticable in sharp directional changes. That said it’s very difficult to get it unglued from the tarmac, and of course, ESC is standard, giving extra backup to the all-wheel-drive system. ANCAP also rates the X-Trail as a four-star car.

That ANCAP rating and the slightly awkward styling are about the only drawbacks to the X-Trail. Its smoothness, off-road ability, ride and practicality all shine through to make this a logical choice for a family who wants a car to get out and about on the weekends.

It has more room than the Toyota RAV4, Subaru Forester and Mazda CX-7 and is better off-road than all three. Its on-road manners, however, aren’t quite as good as the aforementioned, so it all comes down to what you need. If a colossal boot, good passenger comfort, and decent ground clearance and suspension travel are on your hitlist, then the X-Trail should be, too.


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  • Noely

    My list of Japanese 4WD compact SUV:
    (1)X-Trail (2)Grand Vitara (3)Outlander (4)Forester (5)Rav4 (6)CX-7 (7)CR-V
    but depend on what you need.

    • Baddass

      Fair enough, but Grand Vitara is a better offroading bet than the X-trail, if that’s what you’re into. The Vitara looks great, but is a bit unrefined on-road compared to its comeptitors. I reckon Forester is the best all-rounder, giving that occasional off-road adventure but being a mature on-roader.

      • James Cortez

        Forget those 4wd pretend as they have no low gears. By the time you option up they may be on par with the new grand cherokee, a true offroader with 85 KW (that’s 113 Horsepower) more and 121 Nm(89 lb-ft) extra grunt. This is the one to buy!

        • Jimmy

          Couldn’t agree with you more. I’ve researched all in the small/mid SUV market and then the Grand Cherokee just popped up and blown everything out of the water for base model specs and price.

          • MF

            thats because you will soon be spending a couple of thousands on fixing falling parts after a trip back from the beach.

          • http://NSSAN James Cortez

            MF, you don’t know so don’t comment!!. What makes you say “fixing falling parts”. Chrysler has improved their product dramatically and Jeep Cherokee, Wrangler are very popular here in North America.

          • Kinetic

             Yeah my brother bought a brand new Cherokee Grande, after about 4 years – what a heap of crap. Every week he got into it and would wonder what would break next – mostly the electrics.

  • Thomas

    Renault Koleos is a great alternative to the X-Trail, the wheels are closer to the extrmidies which provides for larger entry and exit angles.

    Also offers some great features ie. Rain sensing wipers, auto headlamps and auto handbreak.

    I drive one and love it.

    • Qwerty

      Renault Koleos and the Xtrail are basically the same car under the metal. Nissan-Renault-Samsung is the actual real name for what we know in OZ to be Nissan.

      • Fefe

        idiot

    • stewart

      Yes – I looked seriously at Koleous – having Nissan X trail mechanicals I am sure it is a reliable car. However if load area is important to you the sloping rear window makes serious inroads into load space. Interior has more appeal but not as practical or as versatile as X trail, and then there is the big one – Renaults do not have the best resale value

      • Corrina69

        hi just wonted to know how do i no if my nissan xtrail st 2004 auto is petrol or diesel

        • Golfschwein

          Put some diesel in it and see if it splutters to a stop. If it does, it’s a petrol car.

  • mac

    Shame it has ‘Marcia Brady Syndrome’. “I’m ugly, ugly, ugly!”

  • Steven

    X-Trail better than the Forester? How did you come to that conclusion?

    I don’t see any off-road testing in this review.

    • davie

      Like, Maybe it’s like, totally, like, not as, y’know… X-TREEME!

      yo…

    • stewart

      I drove both the X trail and Forester before purchasing a cvt x trailTi in dec 2008. X trail is fine off road within limits of ground clearance and gradeability. Gets to a point where cvt struggles up very steep grades. However as I am not a serious off roader I am very happy with it at 60,000kms. Did not like 4 speed auto in forestor at time and interior did not appeal to me. Very happy with suspension(german made Sachs shocks std) loaded or unloaded. Fuel economy keeps improving until about 20,000km. Subaru’s are fine but make sure you service them by the book engine wise or they will cost you. Suzuki is indisputably best of roader in small SUV’s, but as one respondent said – not as refined on road as others. Rav 4 auto is dreadful around Brisbane’s hilly suburbs – lots of gear changing and engine noise. Current 4 cylinder Outlander is far noisier and less refined than our old 2005 “ugly” 2nd car Outlander. what were Mitsubishi thinking with their “tumbling seats” cannot load long objects

  • Manual Junkie

    Would LOOOOOVE to see a moderate off road testing amongst all compact SUVs mentioned in above comments. Please, CarAdvice, please!!

    • Dave S

      or even a comparison SUV eg Xtrail vs Sportswagon

  • JEKYL & HYDE

    karl,

    good of nissan to give you a series 3,instead of the new series 4(adds alloys,crome,leather steer etc)…

  • pENCIL nECK

    Another ugly face-lift… yay.

    Where’s the ‘real’ new car?

  • fishman

    Shame this wasn’t a review of the new 2WD 2.0l model, rather than a review of an update to an existing model.

    I had a look at the new Xtrail at a dealers last weekend, and rear legroom still looks tight, and the velour seat trim is awful, very dated.

    Otherwise looked pretty good – if they had a sliding rear bench seat like th Outlander for a more flexible use of the space, then I would have been interested.

    • stewart

      Agree- the standard X trail cloth trim looks crap. Go for the next model up ST-L Leather is now standard. I have 2008 CVT X trail. Rear leg room is deceptively good for my 178cm height – reason – has an elevated rear seat so no knees up position like Rav 4 and Outlander. Though you can move seat right back in both of above and straigten out legs. The load area of Outlander is far from practical – the tumble forward seat does not allow loads of any length. I drove our old shape 2005 Outlander to test drive current shape CVT Outlander. The new one is far noisier and the 4 cyl is sluggish compared to our old Outlander. The noise sounds like transfer case as well as tyre noise. Not the CVT as the V6 with 6 speed auto has the same noise. Bought the CVT X trail which also has some “transfer case” like noise but much quieter than current Outlander

  • Paul

    Fisherman, I totally agree, I compared one to the Grand Vitara just recently, although the GV is smaller its passenger comfort area is better and its better finished than the Datsun, the velour seating and even the leather is awful on the Dato and the hard plastic is designed to rattle and make everything else rattle.

    I would really like to be able to buy an auto X-Trail Ti, but the gearbox is useless offroad and on road for that matter.

    It would be good if Suzuki gets to use VW DSG and engine options in the GV, I wish GV was a smidge bigger, the X-trail has that all sorted for carrying capacity, but the rear seat is all but useless for adults.

    • wicky

      i think you live on pluto, ” datsun, dato,” you are in the dark ages obviousely you are a suzuki man. suzuki interior is not a match to nissan for comfort on long trips believe me becuase i own both. nissan comes out on top.

  • maximark

    There are 3 serious things to consider if you want to buy the Xtrail;

    Willing to pay about $700 for servicing ( by nissan dealers)a year to keep the car under warranty.

    Never buy an Xtrail with a CVT transmission. (mine has 3 trans replace just under 2 yrs and 32000km) Lots other CVT xtrail owners have same problem as well.

    Are you willing to fight to your last breath with nissan service advisers to have your car fixed if problem occur under warranty?

    • Who Knew

      maximark, you don’t need to get your car serviced by the dealer to maintain warranty. If they told you that they are having a lend of you. It is illegal for them to claim that, any licensed auto mechanic can do it an still maintain your warranty.

    • Jimmy

      I’ve heard of CVT issues but 3 transmission replacements is ridiculous. My parents in law just purchased a Dualis, is that gearbox the same as the X-Trail?

      Servicing costs seem cheap, I have a Jeep Patriot and costs a lot more than $700 per year if you have two services in a year. One of the major services cost $1400 when the replace the CVT oil. Ridiculous.

    • ChrisJ

      I’ve a 2008 manual diesel TL model.

      Average service is $260 for 10K, $500 for the 40K. That’s the diesel, the petrol is a bit cheaper. If you are paying $700 a year, someone is ripping you off.

      After 2 and a half years, I can say the X-Trail has been great, especially with a new-born baby and prams and stuff. Use about 8lt/100k, mostly around town. Been off-road heaps, and it goes well. Although the rear bumper is too low, and acts as a sand scoop.

      I’d buy again, but I think the next car will be a bigger 4wd either a Pathfinder, or (and I never thought I’d say this) a Jeep Grand Cherokee…. they look great, even for a jeep!

    • stewart

      My CVT X Trail has 60,000 km with no issues to date. Took the extended warranty just in case.
      I have my Nissan Dealers published service costings up 100000 but not including 100,000km service. Average works out to $313.50 per 10,000 service. This includes all large services. As a mechanic i do intermediate small services myself and keep documentary evidenced (Use Nissan filters and oil). If you keep a car for any period of time forget about 15,000km oil change intervals – at least Nissan (Honda as well) are honest about the need to service every 10,000km. 15,000 km intervals are great if you get rid of the vehicle at relatively low kilometers 120,000 or less, but the second or third owner will pay.
      If you go to an alternate service provider make sure you find out what is included in the service costing. ie air cleaner elements, genuine coolant( some aftermarket suppliers just use a coolant the same colour!!), brake fluid flush, auto transmission oil replacement at scheduled interval, Scheduled valve adjustments on some models, Oil filter quality is a big one – some of the cheap filters used by aftermarket providers are rubbish.

  • Model T

    I have a 2009 TL (diesel) automatic and, like any other car, I have experienced the good and the bad. The good: it’s practical with plenty of room in the back; it’s economical (as low as 5.8l/100km on the highway); it’s well built with no squeeks or rattles or similar despite moderate off road and plenty of cruising (a lot of it on poor country and dirt roads). The bad: be prepared to fight Nissan and its dealers to even aknowledge wide-spread and well-documented problems, let alone have them fix those problems; the leg room in the back is too tight with awkward egress, even for children.

    Nissan really need to lift their game when it comes to after-sales service and support. The diesel engines have a well-documented design fault that results in a lot of oil vapour ending in places where it shouldn’t be. A visible symptom is oil on the inside (!) of the air filter. If not addressed it will cause similar problems as the “hand grenade” Patrol with seized engines (of course, long after the virtually meaningless warranty expires). While this problem is “easily” fixed with an after-market oil separator, not only does Nissan refuse to fit these, they will take any opportunity to void your warranty if you fit one (professionally) yourself. As far as I know, Nissan continue selling these engines despite full knowledge of the long-term problems owners will face.

    Yes, it’s a great car if you plan to keep it short term before everything gets clogged up with oil deposits. And despite fitting the after-market oil separator and being otherwise very happy with the car, I will not buy a Nissan (ANY Nissan) again.

    • stewart

      Alas – like many diesel owners, you are seeing a downside. These issues are not isolated to Nissan, check out mazda,(and ford), Volkswagen etc. The diesel engine in your X trail has has no relationship with the 4 cyl 3 litre engine in the Patrol The X trail diesel is a Renault sourced unit and while not at the top of the refinement tree, is no better or worse than many other – particularly European diesels. The critical thing with any diesel auto engine is – Ignore the manufactures recommended oil change interval. These like many of the Petrol engine intervals are designed to reduce costs for the first owner, and lease companies. Change the oil at 5000km or 6 months maximum interval. Do the research and specify the oil that is used. The combo petrol/diesel engine oils are not good enough for modern diesels. The dealer may try and use one of these to simplify his operations. Be aware that diesel engines with EGR have different oilrequirements than those without. Use genuine filters and always change them at the same time as the oil – Diesel engine oil filters are far more likely to plug and bypass than petrol engine filters. As a diesel mechanic, I am not aware of an oil seperator being a solution to any problem to oil mist in air cleaner. Sounds like you already have excessive blow by from extended oil change intervals,poor air cleaner maintenance or incorrect oil. I would not buy any of the current highly stressed, loaded with emissions controls,automotive diesels. Watch these brave taxi drivers buying Volkswagen diesels – boy are they in for a shock as the kilometres mount!!

    • Diane

      I have a nissan 2008 x trail diesel only done 26,000 k’s i am looking at trading in, only keep cars 3 years, don’t do much off road driving but live in the country and have a few dirt roads and 120 acre property but we also have an old nissan patrol that we use for rough stuff, we occassionally tow a horse float, no kids, have dogs and love the big boot for horse feed and shopping , am confused at what to go for was looking at subaru outback or forester but do i even go for a diesel now with how expensive diesel is ? there are just too many choices out there.

  • Bryan

    I have a 2005 x-trail and it isn’t a bad little car [for on road use]. We bought it to replace our camry when we had our first child and wanted a bit more room for strollers, child seats etc. It is good on fuel, zippy enough around town and goes pretty well on the highway.

    It’s four wheel drive ability is pretty awful though – last week I wasn’t able to back my 6 x 4 box trailer up the driveway with it. It had been raining a bit and even with the center diff locked, the right hand front wheel spun on the concrete driveway and the left hand rear wheel spun on the grass beside the drive; it wasn’t going anywhere! Apparently the new ones are better…

    Would I buy another one? Probably not; it is just a bit too small in both the back seats and the luggage area, doesn’t have quite enough torque below two thousand revs and there are the above mentioned four wheel drive problems. Nothing really wrong with it, just not what I want anymore.

  • Lara

    Does anyone know what the Nissam X-Trail re-sale is like compared to the Subaru Forrester XS and Toyota RAVs 4 AWD crusiers

  • Gail

    MMMM Any ideas about this dilemma
    Have a 2006 manual ST- 40th anniversary x-trail to trade – I’ll be ready to buy a new car by August. Done the research, want to stick with 4WD Xtrail , will proabbly weaken and get my first ever auto car(must be getting old) don’t want to part with my sunroof BUT don’t feel it’s worth paying 9K extra just for a sunroof when I don’t really need the other extras.

  • The Guv

    If looking at all the above mentioned mid-sized SUVs (X-Trail, RAV4, Forester, Cherokee, Vitara, Outlander, CR-V, CX-7 etc…) worth considering the Land Rover Freelander 2. Despite the higher initial cost of the Freelander 2, you are definitely buying into a high quality vehicle, with both excellent on road performance and genuine off road ability.

  • Megs

    I’ve just purchased an 2WD ST-L Xtrail after many months of research and test drives (fun). Came down to price & quality for me and the st-l was brilliant value. 2011 auto with bells and whistles for under 30K drive away. I’m in Sydney and you have to ask about capped price servicing, not all dealers offer it! Mitsubishi outlander was a contender but the transmission noise and the sub standard interior put me off, seats seemed cheap & nasty. I think the xtrail is far superior, comfortable leather seats but I also liked the plush velour seats. My question, as I’m picking my car up in a few days is … CVT, is it reliable? Do I need the extra warranty that’s on offer? Sales man talked me out of it, said unnecessary. Please advise of experience.

    • CB

      Megs….Can you please tell me what dealer in Sydney. For an ST-L, 30K drive away that’s a pretty good price. I’m assuming it’s the latest xtrail post Sep 2011 build.

  • Ryan

    I have two kids at the moment with another one the way. I want to find an SUV where I can fit 3 baby sits next to one another across the 2nd row seat. Does anyone have experience with fitting 3 baby seats into the X-trail?

  • Jon Shaw

    I was just about to buy a CX7 then test drove the xtrail and I love it. Was not even a consideration but now after many months of research this car is more comfortable than the CX7, certainly a better finish than the outlander activ. I have 24 hours to decide what I should do?

    • Nick Dalziel

      If you like it, buy it. It’s definitely the most practical, although the CX7 is better looking IMO.

    • Lee

      Just put a deposit on an ST manual 4wd. Currently going at around 30k out the door. Best value in the class and at 4.9% finance can’t go wrong I reckon

  • Richard

    I’m on my second TL Diesel Manual X-Trail (work cars only kept for 40k) and I have loved both of them from the start. I just love the pull and economy of the diesel, and the space suits me and my family with two kids (10 and 12) just perfectly. I averaged 7.4l/100km in the 2008 and am presently averaging 7.2l/100km in the 2010 model. I’ve done 930km Sydney to Melbourne on 61L of fuel.

    I have taken it off road a few times, and have been really satisfied with the traction control when the wheels get in the air etc due to suspension travel issues. The worst bit is the rear bumper will get caught on things, expecially sand. I’ve ripped the plastic on both of mine.

    Issues – the first car had a fuel gauge sender issue, where it would stick at half way. Nissan were a bit ordinary in fixing it, so I left it at the end working in the bottom half of the tank, so it said half full for the first 500km of the tank. The second one I have had a diesel particulate filter (DPF) light come on and stay on, meaning no cruise control. Nissan had the car for three days, did all they could, then re-set the computer, and it has been fine since. Was a bit of a pain without the car, but fixed OK in the end.

  • Gjsmith Smith1

    watch out on advice about oils used on nisssan xtrail diesel, this Renault soursed engine is very sophistocated in design, nothing like ancient old diesels, very reliable will go forever, must be very careful to use correct oil’s, especially if fitted with particulate filter, must be low ash oil, never overfill sump, thats where all the problems are coming from, and refill sump very very slowly after a oil change, takes about 20mins to drain new oil into sump, then sit back and enjoy all the benefits of a beautiful Renault engine

  • Mjtools

    2004 nissan -xtrail  2.5 ltr   brought the car bran new ,  , regular servicing took care of it like a baby never had any thing wrong with it till now the motor vibrated a little took it to a nissan dealer told the injectors need to be cleaned so i did that didnt help after taking it back they did test on the car found out that cylinder one had 1250 revs  cylinder four 1250 revs cylinder  two and three  1500 revs were ok another words cylinder one and four were stuffed told it would cost thousands of dolars to fix car as the motor is stuffed  what a joke making a car only last just over 100,000 klms what a disgrace do research before you buy a car ps went to another mechanic and he said the same thing the motor is stuffed the car cost me $32,000  dont buy a high millage car its already had its used buy date cars are only made to last 4 or 5 years thats why there is so many used cars out there  now i do not know what to buy can some out there help me  . i dont want another nissan car it wont last

  • Mquinlan

    Mjtools, what you have writen makes no sense to me. At 100,000 kms my 2006 is super smooth, particularly after changing the spark plugs. Further bonus, its improved gas mileage about 15 %.
    Otherwise,other than oil changes only other issue has been brakes, one rear wheel bearing, and one defective rear caliper, and one front tie rod. I also had the coolant changed at 100,000 kms as preventative maintenance. Moreover I am convinced that most brake related and wheel bearing problems are due to improperly fitted brake pads that jam in the rails. Failure to file the ends properly and lube the slides, eventually sees a pad get wedged on a slight angle and you end up with a rubbing brake. The extra heat this generates, I believe, harms the sealed wheel bearings and can lead to their premature failure. Otherwise the X trail has been problem free, its never left us stranded. Starts no problem at -35 C and Air con is a charm at 35 C. I would buy another but why? Ours is working just fine. 

  • Mquinlan

    Just to follow up. Nissan service and service advisers often leave a lot to be desired. For some reason the spark plugs are not a regularly verified and serviced item. The platinum plugs that were original to the X trail are excellent but not eternal. They also tend to see degrading performance as they get nearer to the end of their use cycle. Switching to Iridium plugs after 101,000 kms on originals and then reseting the ECU resulted in an almost like new engine with more HP zip and better gas mileage

  • Gabe

    Getiing a TL diesel manual has anyone any advice on getting diesel chip for more power. 

  • Agnes

    hello, I am about to rent this 4×4 for a small trip, and I really would like to sleep in… but we are tall, around 185cm, does that fit in the trunk ? what is the size of the flat area when we fold the seats ? Thanks a lot for anyone who has a chance to mesure it ASAP !!
    Agnes

  • Argus

    We have a 2004  X -Trail TI (purchased new) petrol engine power and have just logged 117,000 kms. Servicing done by the local dealer every 10,000kms and we have replaced the front pads and rotors at 100,000kms, tyres front at 60,000 kms and rear tyres at 70,000 kms, Bridgestone Duellers 16 inch. We blew a rear tail light bulb at 105,000 kms and replaced the battery at 80,000kms but otherwise no other expenses. Our service costs are around $130 capped by the dealer and the dealer service manager is a helpful friendly guy who knows his business. We had a Factory recall (no charge) to replace a corroded fuel filler pipe which in our case was done even though there was no visible corrosion on the pipe. The vehicle still runs at 9.6 litres per hundred K’s fuel consumption and there is no oil consumption.
    My wife will not part with the vehicle despite my request to trade in and buy another similar vehicle. I have looked at Honda CRV, Suzuki Grand Vitara, Nissand X-Trail and Dualis, Renault Koleos, Subara Forrester, Toyota Rav 4, Mitsubishi Outlander and Peugeot 4008. I prefer the spare inside the car, don’t want a compact spare, have heard too many problems with CVT transmissions, and don’t like rubber timing belts but prefer a chain drive. I have looked at vehicles with wheel sizes greater than 16 inch and find the repalcement tyre costs are often ridiculous. My Daughter-in-law has a Kluger 2WD and the tyre costs are unreal.
    The Forrester features well on my list but permanent 4WD chews up tyres and 2WD does for most situations. The Honda seems to work hard at higher rpm’s and the Suzuki seems tinny on body panels!
    Without getting bogged down by brand worshippers who appear to have one eye an open advice and experienced person would be wonderful to gather an honest opinion.
    Any takers…………………

  • Christine Jackson

    Why won’t my auto 2008 model x trail come out of the park position most of the time?

Nissan X-Trail Specs

ST : 2.5L MULTI POINT F/INJ - CVT AUTO 6 SP SEQUENTIAL - UNLEADED PETROL - 4D WAGON
Car Details
Make
NISSAN
Model
X-TRAIL
Variant
ST
Series
T31 MY11
Year
2011
Body Type
4D WAGON
Seats
5
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
MULTI POINT F/INJ
Engine Size
2.5L
Cylinders
INLINE 4
Max. Torque
226Nm @  4400rpm
Max. Power
125kW @  6000rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
82W/kg
Bore & Stroke
89x100mm
Compression Ratio
9.6
Valve Gear
DUAL OVERHEAD CAM
Drivetrain Specifications
Transmission
CVT AUTO 6 SP SEQUENTIAL
Drive Type
4x4
Final Drive Ratio
5.798
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
UNLEADED PETROL
Fuel Tank Capacity
65
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
9.1L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
1525
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Height
1770mm
Length
4630mm
Width
1785mm
Ground Clearance
200mm
Towing Capacity
Brake:2000  Unbrake:750
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
RACK & PINION - POWER ASSISTED
Turning Circle
10.6
Front Rim Size
6.5x16
Rear Rim Size
6.5x16
Front Tyres
215/65 R16
Rear Tyres
215/65 R16
Wheel Base
2630
Front Track
1530
Rear Track
1535
Front Brakes
DISC - VENTILATED
Rear Brakes
DISC - VENTILATED
Standard Features
Comfort
Air Conditioning
Control & Handling
Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Electronic Stability Program, Hill Holder, Traction Control System
Driver
Cruise Control, Leather Steering Wheel, Power Steering, Trip Computer
Engine & Transmission
Limited Slip Differential
Entertainment
CD with 6 CD Stacker, Radio CD with 4 Speakers
Exterior
Power Mirrors
Interior
Cloth Trim, Power Windows
Safety
Dual Airbag Package, Anti-lock Braking, Head Airbags, Seatbelts - Pre-tensioners Front Seats, Side Front Air Bags
Security
Central Locking Remote Control, Engine Immobiliser
Optional Features
Exterior
Metallic Paint
Other
Service Interval
6 months /  10,000 kms
Warranty
36 months /  100,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
8-I-8
Country of Origin
JAPAN