Nissan X-Trail – an orderly practitioner
With its new X-Trail, Nissan continues the course of elegant rather than boyish looks. However, the Japanese automaker does not do without all-wheel drive, nor does it do without innovative units. The X-Trail is also richly equipped and very spacious.
When you put a new vehicle on the market these days, you can hardly be conventional as an automobile manufacturer. In this case, conventional means: petrol or diesel units without electrical components. Combustion engines are by no means intended for the new Nissan X-Trail, but petrol engines are. However, the basic version with a three-cylinder 1.5-liter 120 kW / 163 hp is not without a 3.6 kW / 5 hp electric motor. At € 35,500, it’s the cheapest way to order the new X-Trail, including a continuously variable automatic transmission.
The “e-Power” variant ranks above this with prices starting at 37,000 euros. This serial hybrid, whose petrol engine is actually only responsible for producing the electricity and not driving it – that’s what the 150 kW / 204 hp electric motor does – has an average WLTP consumption of up to 6.2 liters. for 100 kilometers in the data sheet. Pure petrol approved in the same discipline up to 7.6 liters.
But Nissan relies on all-wheel drive for its first trips and has only brought with it the so-called “e-4orce”. A typical name for the idea pool in a marketing department, but at least memorable given the way it’s spelled. And behind this is the fact that there are two electric motors: one for the front (150 kW / 204 hp) and one for the rear axle (100 kW / 136 hp). The result is a system output of 157 kW / 217 hp.
Inside, Nissan has cleaned up a lot; instead of wildly scattered switches, there is now something like a subtle order. It’s the order of carefully placed knobs and buttons on an elegant piano finish. Of course, there is also a fairly large and responsive touchscreen (12.3 inches maximum), but it’s really a blessing not to have to fumble around the menu or the display surface while driving to activate the heated seats or adjust the temperature.
For the rest, the new 4.68-meter-long X-Trail is spacious. Above all, thanks to the mechanically fully independent axles, all-wheel drive does not require a bulky cardan tunnel, which should please the rear passengers, especially if, in rare cases, a third person travels with you.
But our favorite spot is now front left. The driver’s gaze inevitably falls on the instrument panel, which consists entirely of an exhibition surface and on which the battery can also be seen as a graphic. That’s right, the hybrid houses a 2.1 kWh buffer accumulator, which obviously cannot be charged externally. There is no gear shifting, the X-Trail e-Power is ultimately electrically operated.
It also gets a little louder
The gasoline engine does not run smoothly, but sometimes raises its voice at full load when a lot of electricity needs to be produced for electric drive. However, this is not as pronounced as in drives with continuously variable transmissions, for example, because the speed does not have to be as high here under full load. The petrol engine with three inconspicuous potentiometers and variable compression plus turbocharger reaches its maximum output of 116 kW / 158 hp at just 4600 rpm.
In practice, the e-power variant reacts spontaneously to the accelerator pedal commands, without any trace of initial weakness. It overcomes any situation in life, which gives it a pleasant sovereignty. The acceleration values show that the all-wheel drive vehicle could also be interesting for those who drive not only on dirt or forest roads: the 4×4, which has poor performance in terms of weight / power ratio, accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h a second fastest in seven seconds, a clear indicator that the front-wheel drive version struggles much harder for traction. If you want the ultimate electric car driving experience, you can activate “E-Pedal”. So the X-Trail recovers so much that you only need the brake pedal for emergencies.
Third row of seats at an additional cost
Anyone who looks at the X-Trail will look at practicality. Here, the Japanese also scores with a third row of seats for a moderate extra of 800 euros. Why not for the e-power with front-wheel drive? And the maximum trunk volume could take one or two liters more than the 1396 liters. A small consolation might be that the rear doors open almost at right angles, so you can get in quite comfortably even with bags.
At the end of the day, the X-Trail is also a bit of a lifestyle, where form comes before function. The implied underrun protection lets a hint of trekking character resonate.
Safety equipment with the usual delicacies
Nissan is not listless when it comes to safety equipment, which has all the usual goodies available today – and that as standard. The base has adaptive cruise control, which allows the car to swim with the flow of traffic and brakes to a stop if the vehicle in front does the same. In addition, various scenarios of autonomous emergency braking, cross traffic warning and blind spot assistant are obvious.
But beware, infotainment fans! An integration with the smartphone, with the help of which the usual personal device interface (via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto) can be transferred to the vehicle monitor and also operated, is only available from “Acenta” – it makes almost 4000 euros more. However, the interior rear-view mirror that automatically dims, the parking buzzer, the reversing camera and the keyless locking system will also be present on board.
The flagship variants (up to € 55,730) with head-up display, LED matrix headlights, panoramic glass roof and electrically adjustable seats are almost luxurious. A sliding rear bench is also part of the game. Someone should say that the X-Trail isn’t practical enough.
- Mid-size SUV, length: 4.68 meters, width: 1.87 (2.07 with exterior mirrors) meters, height: 1.72 meters, wheelbase: 2.71 meters, load compartment volume: 575 to 1424 (1396 e-Power) liter
- 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbo petrol engine, 120 kW / 163 hp, maximum torque: 300 Nm from 2800 to 3600 rpm, electric boost: 3.6 kW / 5 hp, stepless automatic transmission
- 0-100km / h: 9.6 seconds, Vmax: 200km / h
- Average consumption: 7.1 to 7.6 liters / 100 kilometers, CO2 emissions: 161 to 172 g / km, emission standard: Euro 6d-ISC-FCM,
- Price: from 35,500 euros
Front-wheel drive hybrid
- Three-cylinder 1.5 liter (as generator), 116 kW / 158 hp, maximum torque: 250 Nm from 2400 to 4400 rpm, front electric motor (drive): 150 kW / 204 hp, maximum torque: 330 Nm, fixed translation
- 0-100km / h: 8.0s, Vmax: 170km / h
- Average consumption: 5.8 to 6.2 liters / 100 kilometers, CO2 emissions: 131 to 141 g / km, emission standard: Euro 6d-ISC-FCM,
- Price: from 37,000 euros
Hybrid with all-wheel drive
- Three-cylinder 1.5-liter (as generator), 116 kW / 158 hp, maximum torque: 250 Nm from 2,400 to 4,400 rpm, front electric motor: 150 kW / 204 hp, maximum torque: 330 Nm, rear electric motor : 100 kW / 136 hp, maximum torque: 195 Nm, system power: 157 kW / 217 hp, one fixed ratio
- 0-100km / h: 7.0s, Vmax: 180km / h
- Average consumption: 6.3 to 6.7 liters / 100 kilometers, CO2 emissions: 141 to 145 g / km, emission standard: Euro 6d-ISC-FCM,
- Price: from 44,400 euros