If you’re like me, every dollar counts. Getting value for money is important, whether you’re buying a coffee or if you’re looking for a new car, particularly if you want a seven-seat SUV.
That’s where this car comes in. The Nissan X-Trail is one of the most affordable name brand, mid-size SUV’s on the market.
Not only is it wallet-friendly, it’s family-friendly too. The seven-seat X-Trail starts from just $31,580 before on-road costs. We’ve got the mid-range model here, which costs a little more but adds quite a few extras.
It really is a dual-purpose vehicle. Check out how easy it is to set it up as a seven-seater if you need it. And being an SUV, it’s what people are shopping for.
But let’s be realistic, this is a front-wheel drive wagon for all intents and purposes. You’re not going to be able to go too far off the beaten track with it. We all know that you’re going to see these more commonly around town, and that’s where it should shine.
It’s quite a comfortable place to be up here. The seats are leather accented and they’re nice and wide, the armrests and centre console bin are nice and padded too.
There’s a touchscreen with satellite navigation, a rear-view camera as well as surround-view camera and something you won’t find very often – cooled cup holders. It has heated seats, dual-zone climate control and it’s easy to park with good visibility.
In the second row there are map pockets, cup holders and water bottle holders in the doors as well as rear-air vents. No vents in the third row though and it is quite compact, for children only.
On the road the X-Trail has a few shortfalls. It may get a lot of kit, but the 2.5-litre engine and the CVT miscommunicate quite a bit and it can be slow to accelerate to overtake at highway speeds.
When it comes to the brakes, there’s not enough feel through the pedal while the steering is not as direct as it could be.
The ride can be a little rough and uncomfortable around town but it’s much better on the highway.
If you are looking at a five-seat SUV, why not look at a seven? The base-model X-Trail is well priced, but if you’re looking at spending more money, there are other options.