Nissan’s X-Trail makes short work of family motoring

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Nissan X-Trail comes with a 1.6 diesel with 2 or 4 wheel drive.

The Nissan X-Trail is Nissan’s 7-seat SUV offering in what is a competitive segment of the market, writes Hugh Maguire.

It comes with a 1.6 diesel with 2 or 4 wheel drive and a choice of a 6-speed manual or a CVT transmission. Prices start at €32,600. I am testing the top of the range SVE model.

The X-Trail is an attractive looking SUV with nice detail touches such as the 19”two tone alloy wheels and chrome roof rails.

There are some great new colours available which will satisfy the extrovert in some.

The style follows Nissan’s now familiar family look and I must say its rather nice.

The cabin of my test car was finished in a very nice combination of beige leather with black trim to the dash and door panel tops. The general fit and finish is good and there is an air of quality about the interior save for a few hard plastics in some places.

Standard kit is excellent and really too numerous to list here but but highlights include, a huge “moonroof”, LED Headlamps, heated seats, Nissans’s Intelligent Mobility with Intelligent Park Assist, Parallel Park,, Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Recognition, Blind Spot warning and traffic sign recognition.

These features are not gimmicks but really work and relieve the driver of some of the stresses of modern motoring.

Of course there are the usual host of electrics, climate control, cruise control, reversing camera, sat nav, electric hands free tailgate, and so on. I like the flat bottomed steering wheel. Its very well kitted out indeed!

I like the cabin, the driving position is excellent and the commanding view of the road is perfect.

Accommodation for five is generous but those last two seats in the third row are strictly for the kids!

The load area is cavernous and there is under floor storage too. The 1.6 diesel two wheel drive with the 6-speed manual gearbox proved a nice combination. The 2019 Nissan X-Trail SVE 7-Seater costs €41,900.

It really is the ideal transport for the busy family. Sure some of the centre screen graphics could be updated now and I don’t like the amount of torque steer it easily has on a damp roundabout or in corners.

That said the Nissan X-Trail remains a best seller and I can see why.

It's very good indeed.