Nis­san X-trail Ti

Still true to the orig­i­nal recipe but with added re­fine­ments ob­serves, Cathy Parker.

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The X-trail has def­i­nitely be­come more re­fined over its life­time whilst still keep­ing some DNA from the orig­i­nal such as the two level load floor ar­range­ment. We jumped into the X-trail straight from big brother Pathfinder – same colour, same Man­u­fac­turer and a sim­i­lar shape even but they are quite dif­fer­ent cars. The X-trail is ob­vi­ously smaller and also feels a light lighter but as with Pathfinder it has good ver­sa­tile load space helped by the sec­ond row of seats slid­ing back and forth to max­imise leg room or load space as the driver re­quires. The 2.5 litre 126kw en­gine pro­vides gen­er­ous per­for­mance and rea­son­able econ­omy and the CVT is gen­er­ally un­ob­tru­sive with the CVT na­ture only be­com­ing ev­i­dent at higher en­gine speeds or hard ac­cel­er­a­tion. There is only the sin­gle petrol en­gine avail­able in the range. Ride is good but the steer­ing feels overly light with a lack of feed­back even in nor­mal driv­ing and this com­pro­mises han­dling due to lack of road feel mak­ing the driver re­luc­tant to push the ve­hi­cle too far. The Ti was a 4WD model with the abil­ity to se­lect 4WD or have au­to­matic 4WD and you get hill start as­sist and hill de­cent con­trol if you do want to ad­ven­ture off-road a lit­tle. The seats are com­fort­able with good lat­eral sup­port and are heated which is nice in win­ter, front legroom might be tight for very tall peo­ple as I only just fit­ted com­fort­ably. The in­te­rior is at­trac­tive and the cen­tre stack has a more mod­ern feel than the Pathfinder and the Blue­tooth and phone con­nec­tiv­ity worked seam­lessly. The Ti gets some ad­di­tional safety sys­tems over the lesser mod­els with in­tel­li­gent cruise con­trol, lane de­par­ture warn­ing, blind spot warn­ing and mov­ing ob­ject de­tec­tion. There is a 7-inch touch­screen sys­tem for the elec­tron­ics in­clud­ing a re­vers­ing cam­era which also gets the clever all round view sys­tem (es­sen­tially a com­piled view of the ve­hi­cle and ob­struc­tions from over­head), au­dio, phone and nav­i­ga­tion. In terms of other fea­tures you get a sun­roof, smart key, au­to­matic sen­sor op­er­ated power tail­gate, rain sens­ing wipers, power driver and pas­sen­ger seat and dual zone air con­di­tion­ing. Miss­ing even from the top of the range model is the now fairly ubiq­ui­tous AEB au­to­mated emer­gency brak­ing. The load area is an in­ter­est­ing mix, as noted above the slid­ing rear seats add ver­sa­til­ity and the dou­ble floor sys­tem (now called Drive N Hide) gives you a sec­ond cov­ered load area un­der the floor with the top level be­ing re­mov­able. There is a cargo blind which is great and some­thing some SUV’S lack but it is mounted quite a way be­hind the rear seat which means there is a gap and that the cover can get in the way of load­ing larger items (It is re­mov­able). The Ti only has five seats but there are 2WD ST and ST-L seven-seat mod­els avail­able in the range. Over­all the X-trail is an easy pleas­ant SUV to drive with good ver­sa­til­ity for load car­ry­ing.

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