Nissan X-Trail
Owner Review

2014 Nissan X-Trail ST-L

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I have owned the new Nissan X-Trail for a week now.

It's a shiny red model. The dealer promised the red won't fade, but we will see.

First off I had the old T30 model a few years ago but when you get into this new model it seems light years ahead in terms of design and comfort. But sadly, it has lost the rough and ready look about it and takes on a shape more in keeping with the other SUVs in its class.

I'm surprised how light it is on fuel. There is an option after every drive to see the fuel efficiency of the drive and you can save your best run and try to better it. After three days I got 7.1L/100km from the hills area to Bankstown and even less to work but that includes 50 per cent of the trip on the motorway.

The family loves the extra cabin space, both front and back. The around-view camera takes a bit of getting use too but its a great move forward from annoying parking sensors.

Bang for your bang the X-Trail ST-L has the best features, even compared to other SUVs in the class. Digital radio is great but does cut out in long tunnels while FM still works fine. I love how the seven-inch touchscreen and the driver's LCD screen are integrated and the fact that you can view the navigation, radio or phone on either. The driver's LCD also gets the trip computer info.

There is an ECO mode but I found it too restrictive, reducing take-off acceleration quite noticeably. All the other safety letters (ABS, EBD, ACR etc) seem to be monitoring what I am doing with little or no noticeable adjustment.

All in all I highly recommend test driving the new X-Trail as Nissan has done great things with it.