Hybrid SUV of the Year
Nissan X-Trail e-POWER e-4ORCE Hybrid
The mind struggles to recall the rugged car of ten years ago when gazing upon this quad-eyed SUV today. With its expensive-feeling cabin, the X-Trail is now concerned more with refinement - with a new dual-motor, e-POWER drivetrain aiding both performance and comfort. This is also the neatest dashboard we've seen on a Nissan yet. Sure - the X-Trail is still a 5+2 rather than proper seven-seater - but there's also certainly a lot more going for it than before.
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The Nissan X-trail is an amazing car to drive. Been driving the X-trail for quite some time now and I must say that the car has been nothing but satisfactory. All in all, no complaints. Comfort is there, style and design present and as well. The pickup of the vehicle is so smooth, and the handling of the vehicle is stable as well, taking into consideration that the X-trail is a vehicle of considerable size. I drive the car out every day for my daily commutes, be it work or other purposes. On average, I refuel about 3-5 times a month. What I love about the car is how simple and elegant it is to drive. The car is very spacious and there is ample space for all my passengers. The Nissan X-trail E-4orce is a pleasant car to drive. Worth the value. The salespersons at Nissan are very attentive and are very patient with my requests. Thank you Nissan.
 
The space inside this vehicle is incredible and extremely comfortable for all passengers even at full capacity!
Verdict
Once a boxy, rough-round-the-edges softroader, the Nissan X-Trail has undergone a surprising maturation on its fourth official rodeo (with four eyes now too), while gaining (partial) electrification for the first time on our roads.

In fact, we'd go as far as to say that as specced for the Singapore market, Nissan's largest here is even creeping slightly into premium territory.

Nissan fans should already be familiar with the firm's unique e-POWER drivetrain - the car's wheels are driven solely by electric power, while the on-board combustion engine is used purely to power the battery feeding the power. But as the flagship of the lineup in Singapore, the X-Trail expands on this principle in novel ways.

For one, a 1.5-litre turbocharged engine lies under the hood - a far more capable generator than the 1.2-litre naturally aspirated engine used in pre-existing e-POWER models. Secondly, it's used to power two electric motors, as opposed to the single one on siblings like the Kicks and Serena.

Apart from unleashing better performance (211bhp and 330Nm of torque to be exact), the two motors residing separately on the front and rear axle manage power delivery and braking to each individual wheel to give a driver more control. It also gives the X-Trail some genuine (if only slight) off-road capabilities, helping it to stand out from its more tarmac-oriented peers.

Naturally, buyers of the X-Trail are likely to spend 99.99% of their time on Singapore's roads instead, and here, the SUV is thoroughly satisfying to live with.

As expected by those output figures, this is a decently brisk machine that masks its weight and size with its pace and all-round visibility respectively (just don't throw it hard around bends). Furthermore, Nissan has arguably been crafting the best interiors among the Japanese carmakers as of late, and the current X-Trail confidently asserts its place as the local flagship. Front occupants are treated to a good amount of digital real-estate; switchgear, swivel knobs and buttons are well-damped; Nappa leather is even offered as an add-on.

Above all, however, the X-Trail is a potent package for the demographic it's aimed at: Families. That third row might just be for kids, but its versatility as a 5+2 seater is undeniable, and its second row is wonderfully commodious in instances you only need to ferry five.