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I did a lot of research before I bought my 2004 Nissan X-trail, because while I needed something to do a bit of light trailer towing, I also do a fair bit of general mileage as well.
I have found the X-trail, which I bought two years ago, comfortable, not bad for the towing, but a bit thirsty for all the general running about.
That said as an all rounder for people who need something a bit more substantial,the X-trail is certainly worth looking at. With the seats down, I can fit a few bags of animal feed in the boot, while if I need to take a group of us out for a weekend day out, the X-trail cleans up a treat, with a lovely interior and plenty of room.
The sixth gear comes in really handy and this is something I miss when I drive other vehicles now and with a 2.2 diesel engine, there is plenty of power there.
I was a little disappointed by the car's performance when faced with a sloping, slightly muddy field, but as a novice at driving 4x4 vehicles in these conditions I am prepared to put this partly down to driver inexperience too. It has seen me through some pretty grotty weather conditions.
For someone who doesn't do a lot of short journeys, the X-trail would probably work out ok, but as I am always nipping around through work and leisure, the X-trail has cost me on fuel, despite people telling me before I bought it that it wouldn't add up to a whole lot more than driving my previous medium size Renault.
For taking out the dogs and seeing to my horse, the X-trail works a treat and also provides room for passengers, particular those who need a bit more leg room,but as a true economical Jack of all trades - I don't think that car yet exists.
My 2003 Nissan Xtrail diesel is the sport version with the Nissan 2.2 di engine. I have found it to be extremely reliable needing only brake pads and tyres in the last two years. The six speed gear box is really usefull when driving at motorway speeds as it allows the car to averaged 37 mpg. This is very respectable for a big 4x4 and coupled with its ability in snowy weather makes it a very useful all rounder. Its reassuring to be able to drive such a big safe vehicle given the weather in the last few years and the state of some of the roads near me! The rear seating space is excellent and I can easily seat three adults in the back in relative comfort. As a 6 footer I also appreciate the excellent head height in the front and in fact the visibility all round is good as the pillars don`t get in the way too much.
The only minor niggles I have with it is that there are not quite enough cubbie holes in the front and that dropping the back seats down to increase the size of the boot is a bit of a faff for one person. I find the lever you need to pull to unlock and lower the back seats is really stiff and I often need a hand doing this.
Overall the nissan xtrail ballances decent economy with excellent off road / winter weather driving ability and a reasurring amount of safety kit. The reliabilty has been very good compared to my last french car. Say no more!
The Nissan Xtrail is amongst firce competition. Soft Roaders, SUV's or whatever you want to call them have become increasingly popular in the last 10 years. Some like the high driving postion and large load carrying capacity, other like the 4x4 capabilty. I personally like both, and the Xtrail delivers both.
I had a Landrover series 3 109" as the "dog" car and PT cruiser as my main car, howver I wanted something that Would do both jobs. I spent ages looking at all sorts, from Freelanders to Discoverys and Honda CRV's.
I then spotted the Xtrail and was imediately taken it by its boxy soild looks. This is a car that knows what it is, and is not pretending to be anything else.
Upon my first drive of one, I was suprised at how nippy it was. For a fairly large car, its nips in an out of traffic well. The steering is wieghty and precise, and body roll is limited.
Most people use these sorts of cars for load carrying, dog carrying and the feeling of safety. I use it for all of those things.. and more. This car is actually a very capable off roader too. I frequently take it off road and greenlaning, amd it easilly keeps up with Freelanders. The 4x4 system is very simple in operation. One dial selects 2 wheel drive, 4 wheel auto select or 4 wheel lock. Thats it! I keep mine on Auto, so the car is always ready should the unexpetced happen.
In the recent snow, the car was a godsend. It was able to get to places people couldnt even walk to, and I felt in full control at every moment, safe in the knowledge the car would sort out anything that needed to be done. Being a 4x4, the suspension is quite soft, but not so much as you feel it wallowing. Its very composed, at speed and around town.
The one thing I would mention, is you dont feel quite as high up as I would have liked or expected. I do like the feeling of towering over other vehicles, but in the Xtrail, you are more on a level.
To park, is a breeze. Big mirrors and big windows allow maximum visabilty, and a very good turning circle also aids its manourability.
Equipment wise, mine is the Sports spec. Its a 2005 reg car, so its the middle shape one. It changed in 2003 and again in 2006/7.
The car has cruise control, 1/3 length elec sunroof, elec mirrors, auto climate control, a great stereo. It doesnt have leather, but this isnt an issue to me. My PT Cruiser had leather and I think I actually prefer the cloth of th Xtrail.
The boot space is big, even with the rear seats up, but fold them flat and you are talking small van space. The entire rear, including the back of the rear seats is made from a washable plastic. It has a slight rubbery feel to it. Its so easy to wash it down after a dirty load, which for me is excellent, as I carry my dog in the back. After a muddy walk, I dont need to worry about stained carpets.
The Xtrail really is a practical car. It does everything well, be it off road or on. It can cary a familly and luggage, or take rubbish to the tip. Its well built and solid looking.All the plastics are stiff and strong and the buttons are beefy and purposeful.
Mine is the 2.2DCI diesel engine, and it pulls like a train. It has massive amounts of tourque on tap, and therefore makes an excelent tow car.
MPG is average. I get about 25MPG, but that is mainly short town runs. On a long run expect around 40MPG. Car tax is a reasonable £215 at the time of writing. Insurance is also reasonable.
It can be quite noisy on cold starting, but after its warmed up, its refined. The engine has power all through the range, and the 6 speed gearbox means cruising is a quiet and smooth affair.
There were many reports of turbo failures in these models, but service them with good quality oil and at the set times, and you shouldnt have a problem. My car has now done 75k and all have been faultless bar 1 sticking brake caliper that was a very easy self repair.
Its very easy to drive and gives you a sense of safety and road presence without being overbearing. The clutch is not to hard or soft and gear changes are smooth. The only point worth noting is sometimes from 1st to 2nd can feel a bit notchy. Once you get used to it though, its harldly noticeable
I am very pleased I bought this car, it stands out in the crowd and really suits my lifestyle. It can carry everything I need it to, from the dog, to coal, wood and chicken feed. I'd have no hesitation in reccomending one to anyone wanting a slightly bigger and more practical car. .
** Ive had this car for about 2 years now and its just flown through the latest MOT without a problem. I havent had a single problem with the car, although Ive noticed its starting to burn some oil and there is a very small weep in the intercooler. Hopefully Ive caught them early enough to sort out and not cause any major problems. I still (and have done) reccomend an Xtrail to anyone. **
well what can i say me and my husband to be were looking for a four track that we could use for our family and to pull our two lovely horses when we were looking around we test drove a free lander but when we got inside it was tacky and it just felt like you were driving about in a tin with wheels on it and inside was just tack then i went shoping one day and this black nissian xtrail caught my eye so when i got home i read quite a few reviews and they all seemed to be very possitive so i went to my local dealers and as soon as i test drove it we bought it that day it was really really nice and the best thing about was it wasnt tacky and when it rained u didnt think you were in a tin lol it was all black really realy smart from then on all that we have had with this car is pleasure its brillent and the best thing about it is it pulls my two big horses no problem its that powerfull i would recommend this vehicle to any 1
My husband and I are currently deciding which car to buy to replace his beloved Mini Cooper as we are planning to start a family soon and need a car which is better suited to a family's needs. We have test-driven numerous cars and I have a lot to say about all of them. I will be focussing mainly on telling you about the features and specifications that I am looking for in a family car i.e. space, comfort and the little added luxuries which make life a bit easier.
This review is about the sure-footed Nissan X-trail. We both found that the X-trail is very comfortable to drive even though it feels very big. It has a definite off-road feel, but on the negative side it sounds like a diesel. My husband and I did not like the old X-trail model as the instrument panel was situated in the middle of the dashboard. Luckily Nissan realised that most people do not like the instrument panel in the middle and have moved it to the correct position, i.e. in front of the driver, in the new models. The dashboard is very attractive with all dials and buttons having a solid feel about them. The X-trail is not very fuel efficient at 34.9MPG (combined), with carbon emissions at 216.
The model we chose is the automatic X-trail 2.0 turbo diesel Tekna 4WD with the following features:
* Reversing camera
* Advanced navigation system with 7" display
* BOSE sound system
* Air conditioning
* Bluetooth connectivity
* Flat loading bay for boot (easy to get a push chair in and out!) with luggage capacity of 603 Litres
* Plenty of legroom in the rear
* High driving position
* Solidly built with good quality materials
* Plenty of airbags for driver and passengers
* Big mirrors with good visibility all round
* Split-level boot with drawer
* HUGE electric sunroof
* Uphill start and downhill drive support
* Good off-road capabilities
The X-trail is not the most attractive SUV design on the market, but the comfort of the inside more than makes up for it. The automatic X-trail 2.0 turbo diesel Tekna 4WD (without added extras) costs £26 795.
Nissan X-Trail 2.2Di - Advantages: Torquey powerplant, Economical 6th gear cruising, Practical, spacious, fun interior - Disadvantages: Interior marks too easily, Poor turning circle, Some interior squeaks and rattles
Xtra, xcessive, xpensive, xasperating, xclusive, or just xtreme! Nissan certainly raised the curtains with the launch of the all singing, all dancing new x-trail. Drive this along the high street and you cant help but turn heads, some from curiosity, some from admiration and some from distaste. Love em or hate em, off roaders have developed far beyond the aluminium bodied Land Rovers of early days. Statistics show that some 90% plus off roaders don’t! Don’t go off road that is! So why do the big 6 car manufacturers insist on lumpy bodies, extra long shells and vehicles that are so hard to manoeuvre, you need a football field to park them! Its hard to say who really made the breakthrough in 4 X 4 technology and actually produced a car that was for the roads without sacrificing the looks of an off-roader and the general feel and security that they possess. I will hang my hat on the peg and say that the Freelander bought the new age to the forefront of recognition, with Honda not far behind. Okay, what makes the X-Trail so different and why the Hoo-Haa in the motoring press for this long awaited baby of the Nissan range. Well, just about everything and anything you could do differently to a traditional off-roader, can be evidenced beyond reasonable doubt, on the X-Trail. The sleek looks of the Freelander, without the square shape, the determination of the Maverick, without that unfinished feel, and the compact yet unbecoming interior roominess that she provides a large family with. So basically I am saying SHE LOOKS GOOD How does she drive though, I hear you ask? Well, being fortunate to have sat behind the wheel of one of these purring beasts, I have to tell you, the drive is exceptional. Pinch yourself, just to be reminded that you are in an off-roader, as this feels more nippy and sporty, almost a feel of a MPV or similar, but a more solid feel.
Suspension and chassis designed in complete harmony to allow the roadster a drive unbecoming of a car so robust. Corners well with none of that “turns after I do” feel, notorious with 4X4’s. Not once, even at speed, do you feel the vehicle leaves the road, or is in any danger of tipping over. All round vision is Xceptional, and comfort, headroom, legroom and passenger space is of much a forefront in both design character and in general use. Lots of dials and displays, but it does take a bit of getting use to as the dials are in the centre of the console, rather than behind the wheel. I can only presume that this is to make the transition from left to right hand drive cheaper. To quote the designer, Stephane Schwarz “The design of X-Trail was dictated by the environment in which it has to perform. Rough terrain, that demands strength, sturdiness, and genuine agility, contrasted with the style and comfort expected in an urban lifestyle. Every aspect of its bold shape excludes a tool like functionality, which delivers efficiently but with simple elegance. In fact X-Trail effectively combines customers needs with emotional values-very much what Nissan design philosophy is all about-today and in the future” WHAT? All this “one becomes one” stuff in a car? I am not too sure of this boast/philosophy though, as when the sales team were invited to test drive the X-Trail, there was no way they would let them take it off road, and having driven her, there is no way I would take her on anything but light rough terrain. I am not criticising the X-Trail, just saying there are better off-roaders if that is what you want, but no better road driving 4 X 4. So what are the features, specs, etc? Here you go you little facts and figures person you ;o) Available in a 2.0 litre petrol or 2.2 turbo diesel engine. 5 door models only at pres
ent. 2.0 range: S retails at £16750 (Manual only) Sport £17995 (Manual) Sport £18995 (Auto) SE+ £19895 M SE+ £20895 A 2.2 TDi S £17750 Sport £18995 SE+ £20895 All Tdi’s have 6 speed gearbox and are only available in manual format. Extras Metallic paint £250 Electronic Stability Programme + Traction Control and Active Brake LSD £750 SATNAV £1500 6 CD Changer £410 NATS Alarm Upgrade £200 Front Fog Lamps £190 And more! Comfort and convenience features include: Keyless entry Power windows, front and rear Heat and UV reducing front and side windows PAS (Power assisted steering) Electric Mirrors Cup Holders and Can storage Radio cassette Colours available Alabaster (white) Chilli Pepper (Red) Kuro Black Zinc Cyclone (blue-green) Merlot (burgundy red) Fairway Green Aruba Blue Dimensions 1530mm/60.23 inch wheel width/1765mm/69.49 inch body width 2625mm/103.43 inch wheel legth/4510mm/177.69inch body length 1750mm/68.95 inch Height. Fuel consumption varies between the models and drivers, Bottoms at 28.2 MPG to 39.2 MPG for the diesel (Gov Combined figures) Availability varies from colour and spec, but models are on sale from stock at most dealers around the country. If nothing else, go and drive one of these, and be Xcited! Angus Reid.
The X-Trail heralded Nissan's interest to produce a sophisticated new compact 4x4 to appeal to active, outgoing people with outdoor interests ranging from extreme sports to more leisurely pastimes.