Drive­way Nis­san on Trail of ri­vals

Cockburn Gazette - - DRIVEWAY -

NIS­SAN’S base X-Trail, the ST, is cur­rently $28,990 drive-away with a fiveyear/100,000km war­ranty and premium road­side as­sis­tance, mak­ing it one of the bar­gains of the mid­size SUV seg­ment.

The dis­count doesn’t ex­tend to other ver­sions of the X-Trail, which are still listed at full price on­line.

The next model up – the one we’re test­ing – is the ST-L (top-spec Ti pic­tured).

The Nis­san web­site lists it at $40,700 drive-away, an $11,000 premium over the ST.

A re­cent facelift added stan­dard equip­ment to the ST-L: push-but­ton start, leather seats (heated fronts), dig­i­tal speed dis­play, rear pri­vacy glass, dual zone air­con­di­tion­ing, 360-de­gree cam­era, built-in nav­i­ga­tion and dig­i­tal ra­dio, but still no Ap­ple Car Play/An­droid Auto.

The first four rou­tine ser­vices cov­er­ing 45,000km to­tal $1264.

The X-Trail is just the right size: not too big and not too small.

The qual­ity of the ma­te­ri­als is im­pres­sive and the sporty flat-bot­tomed leather steer­ing wheel is a deft touch.

There is am­ple odd­ment stor­age and plenty of charg­ing ports.

The rear seats get air vents but no power points. The huge boot has a twotiered floor and stows a space-saver spare.

Au­tonomous emer­gency brak­ing is now stan­dard on the X-Trail, in ad­di­tion to six airbags, blind-spot warn­ing and rear crosstraf­fic alert.

It scores five stars for safety.

The 360-de­gree over­head cam­era view is milky dur­ing the day and so fuzzy at night you can’t tell what you’re look­ing at.

The ST’s 2.0-litre drives the front wheels via a con­tin­u­ously vari­able trans­mis­sion, which un­like oth­ers of the genre feels perky. The ST-L gets a gut­sier 2.5-litre.

The steer­ing is di­rect and pre­cise, the sus­pen­sion is sup­ple over bumps and the tyres have sure­footed grip in cor­ners.

The X-Trail is a pleas­ant sur­prise; it’s cer­tainly closed the gap to the Mazda CX5 and Ford Es­cape, two of the bench­marks in the class. I pre­fer the way the XTrail drives over its peers. Ver­dict: I re­ally like the X-Trail to drive but the ask­ing price for the ST-L is high.

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