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The Nissan X-Trail gets an update with sleeker looks and the addition of more safety features without sacrificing practicality or versatility.

25 Dec 2017


Wait a minute, isn't this the Nissan Qashqai? No it's not. But we wouldn't blame you if you mistook this for the Qashqai, since it shares a few commonalities with its smaller sibling. This, my friend, is the Qashqai's larger seven-seat soft-roader sibling - the Nissan X-Trail.

Bigger and badder body

The facelifted Nissan X-Trail you see here rides on the same platform as its five-seat brethren but is noticeably larger, measuring in at 4,690mm x 1,830mm x 1,740mm (L x W x H), which is a 50mm increase in overall length compared to its predecessor.

19-inch wheels, now standard, give the X-Trail a more commanding road presence

As with the Qashqai, the X-Trail gets a fresh face - a new front fascia with Nissan's signature 'V-motion' grille and a new Nissan badge. It also receives chrome-trim side-door moldings and comes with 19-inch alloy wheels as standard. These, coupled with a sleeker silhouette, shift the X-Trail's appearance from a rather boxy look to a sharper-looking Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) that doesn't look out of place in the city.

Cushier and more comfortable cabin

On the inside, the X-Trail gets a new D-shaped steering wheel, which allows for easier entry and exit, and a wider rim for a more comfortable grip. Cabin refinement also sees an upgrade, thanks to leather pads on both sides of the centre console, armrest and dashboard, as well as a gloss black trim with metallic accents strewn about the cabin.

The already spacious cabin feels more airy, thanks to a panoramic sunroof

Controls are easy to reach while a sunroof that came in our test car add a sense of airiness to the already spacious interior. The second row boasts ample knee room for three adults, which can be adjusted through the seats' sliding and reclining function. This also provides easier access to the third row, which may be a bit of a squeeze for full-size adults but would be no problem for the young ones.

Boot space remains at 135 litres, and 445 litres with the third row folded down, which is a decent amount of storage space for times when you have to haul groceries instead of passengers. It also helps that Nissan has added a new hands-free motion-activated tailgate. This means you won't have to put down your bags just to open the boot.

Second-row seats can slide and recline to make space for taller passengers

Smarter and safer systems

It comes as no surprise that the X-Trail would also get a slice of the Nissan Intelligent Mobility pie, following the amount of safety features that were added to the updated Qashqai. It now comes with Intelligent Emergency Braking, which uses a forward-facing radar and camera to help avoid or mitigate frontal collisions.

Intelligent Auto Head Lights with a new Adaptive Front Lighting System coordinate the vehicle's head lights to correspond with steering input and allows for better illumination of upcoming corners.

The X-Trail's Intelligent Around View Monitor has also been upgraded, and now comes with Moving Object Detection. This warns the driver through a visual and audible alert when the system detects moving objects around the vehicle.

Other Nissan Intelligent Mobility technologies in the X-Trail include Intelligent 4x4, Intelligent Trace Control, Intelligent Engine Brake and Intelligent Ride Control.

Full-size adults may feel a little cramped in the third row but the young ones will feel right at home

Utilitarian underpinnings

Powering the Nissan X-Trail is the same 2.0-litre engine that is present in the Qashqai. Mated to an Xtronic CVT gearbox, the powertrain puts out 142bhp and 200Nm of torque, providing enough shove to comfortably get up to cruising speed, which is where the X-Trail prefers to be in. Ease off the throttle and you'll find a level of refinement comparable to more premium SUVs.

The X-Trail's light steering makes it easy to navigate through the city with while ride quality is on the soft side, which means it betrays more prominent body roll through the corners. But that also means it soaks up larger bumps in the road more easily, which speaks to the car's utilitarian people-hauling capabilities.

Boot space can be expanded from 135 litres to 445 litres with the third row folded flat

One notable advantage that the X-Trail has over the Qashqai is its ability to do some light off-roading when the need arises. Granted, those scenarios are few and far between in a concrete jungle such as Singapore. But it is comforting to know that it is there when you need it. The X-Trail comes with four-wheel drive, with a function that allows you to lock it at either front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. You can also leave it at Auto and let the car decide for you based on road conditions.

A rotary dial allows you to choose between front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive modes

Seven-seat superstar

The Nissan X-Trail is an alternative to the Qashqai for those looking for more space and practicality without burning a hole in their pockets. Coming in at $144,300 (as of 22nd December 2017), $4,000 more than the Qashqai, the X-Trail promises to be an affordable, well-rounded SUV that hauls large families in a comfortable, versatile and safe package.
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Car Information

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Price

: $123,888

Engine Type

:

4-cylinder 16-valve DOHC

Engine Cap

:

1997cc

Horsepower

:

106kW (142 bhp) / 6000 rpm

Torque

:

200 Nm / 4400 rpm

Transmission

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Xtronic CVT (A)

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

:

-

Top Speed

:

-

Fuel consumption

:

12.6 km/L

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