SAFE AND SPACIOUS
The X-Trail is Nissan’s bestselling vehicle and this update reflects that, with prices unchanged or slightly down across the range despite more standard equipment. Put that down to quality of the opposition in this class. Our test Ti version sits at top petrol-powered and until the end month it is selling for $49,145 drive-away (less in some states). The midlife makeover endows the allwheel-drive SUV with active driving aids across line-up. Warranty is three-years/ 100,000km and servicing is every 10,000km, with the first four trips costing $1232.
The seats are satisfyingly wellpadded for long hauls and have enough bolstering to stop occupants sliding around in cornering. All the steering wheel are heated Ti and the elevated second row lets passengers see road ahead — they can adjust those pews for reach recline too. Android/Apple mirroring isn’t on the spec sheet but there is a seven-inch infotainment display with satnav and digital radio. The tailgate opens with swish of a foot under bumper.
Active driving aids are the bigticket item for revamped X-Trail and include autonomous emergency braking, blind spot alert lane departure warnings, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control a 360-degree camera. Six airbags and robust body contributed to five-star ANCAP rating when the X-Trail was tested in 2014; software updates should reinforce that rating.
The X-Trail is one of the bettermannered mid-size SUVs on the dirt, even with lowprofile 19-inch rubber fitted to
Ti variant. Its ability soak up impact big off-road potholes is impressive but also means it isn’t as nice drive as more road-oriented vehicles such the Volkswagen Tiguan. The engine and continuously
variable transmission also lack the refinement of more recent additions to segment.
Mazda CX-5 Akera, from $46,990 A more powerful engine, sixspeed auto and tighter suspension give the Mazda better handling performance. As with Nissan, there’s no Android/ Apple mirroring some tyre roar on rough surfaces. The Mazda also cedes ground in rear legroom and boot space. VW Tiguan Highline, $48,490 The is the burger-withthe-lot in terms of performance and interior refinement … and you pay accordingly. Even then, buyers need to stump up another $4000 for a pack that bundles adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert and 12.3-inch digital driver’s display.
Hyundai Tucson Highlander, from $45,450 A smart mix of substance and style has made the the best-selling SUV in class. It doesn’t stand out any specific category but is competent all
them and further reassurance of a five-year warranty.
The updates do enough to make the X-Trail a safe bet without troubling class leaders. If space is important then it should be on your short list.