January 28, 2015 @ 11:54 AM

Review: Nissan X-Trail 2.0L 2WD & 2.5L 4WD

You’re recently just witnessed the launch, now here is the review. How will this extremely good looking X-Trail fair when put to the test. By Jerrica Leong


You’re recently just witnessed the launch, now here is the review. How will this extremely good looking X-Trail fair when put to the test. By Jerrica Leong


Complete changes in appearances and featuring a number of awesome upgrades, the X-Trail is now dress to impress those looking into the premium crossover segment. I’m sure many are glad that the Spongebob resemblance is now a thing of the pass since this new curvy and sleek design drew many a nod when we drove the car through the roads of Malaysia, I shall take that as approval of the drastically changed look.

Looks aside, the X-Trail is geared out in a number of features to make the drive more enjoyable and in many ways safer. Nissan described the X-Trail’s driving experience akin to a dolphin, is it? We’re eager to prove it.

Exterior (Score: 4/5)

I have to admit, even after all the teasers and the spot-the-new-XTrail game we’ve been playing last year, it is still a visual shock when we walk by the new X-Trail in the parking lot. It may not have the sharp edges of the previous generation but it doesn’t stop the car from glaring at you with an aggressive stance.
I would go as far as to say that the X-Trail looks sportier thanks to the sharp headlights and roof-rail that comes as standard in both variants than the outgoing model!

Interior (Score: 3/5)

While the interior is said to be much improved, one can’t help but notice a few flaws inside here. The NASA defying seats are extremely comfortable;  they are built to reduce fatigue even after a long drive so it’s safe to say that Nissan has scored high points on the comfort scale. The X-Trail also has a 5+2 seat configuration, though Nissan recommends the +2 seats mostly for young kids. We’re not about to disagree with them for even though the seats in the middle can be pulled forward to provide more space behind, it still feels a little cramp there.

Tyre roar is loud in the 2.0L 2WD variant but the 4WD variant’s NVH is considerably lower. Everybody’s favourite feature that day are the cup-holders located in the centre, you have your own personal chiller in the car! Cool stuff!

Power and Handling (Score: 4/5)

If there is one thing I learned during my time with the X-Trail it is that the car needs tough coaxing to get the car up to 4000rpms. Only when you get the needle up the other end of the meter did the car start performing like a car with spirit, anything below that would sound strenuous to the ear.

When we had the chance to bring the 4WD for some off-roading fun, I was greeted by a very light steering wheel that makes the car easy to handle when battling steep heels and rocky roads. But drive it along the highway the steering wheel tightens up to give you a meatier steering wheel.

Tech and Safety (Score: 3/5)

The X-Trail comes with only two airbags, why only two you ask? Well, Nissan’s answer to that when they were in the initial stages of planning to bring the X-Trail in, the trend was to have only two airbags, they promised that we might see additions when the face-lift comes in but that would take time.

As for tech, well, let’s just say that most of us would prefer the smaller screen in the 2.0L 2WD variant over the bigger 5in Advanced Drive Assist Display on the 2.5L 4WD. The ADAD is not the most user friendly interface you can get; it had required a series of screen tapping before we could get the Bluetooth to connect correctly! Both variants feature 360 degree Around View Monitor that actually shows you the parking box when you reverse into it. Helpful.

Summary

The X-Trail sounds to be more decked out for off-roading purposes rather than an everyday car. It’s brilliantly smooth when coasting around, but when asked too much and the X-Trail would give you strenuous roars that make a driver think twice about speeding. It irons out the bumps on uneven ground but allows in a little too much bounce when tackling pockmarked tarmac. If you’re looking for a speedy crossover, than look away, but if you’re fine with a nice comfortable cruiser that handles off-roading with grace than take a closer look at the Nissan X-Trail.

Overall score: 14/20

Nissan X-Trail 2.0L 2WD
On sale

Now
Price
RM142,800.00 (on-the-road)
Engine
4-cyl, 16 valve, In-Line, DOHC with Twin CVTC, Direct Fuel injection, 142bhp @ 6000rpm, 200Nm @ 4400rpm
Transmission
Next Generation XTRONIC CVT with 7-speed Manual Mode
Performance
14.1km/l
Length / width / height / wheelbase (mm)
4640 / 1820 / 1715 / 2705
Weight
1541kg

Nissan X-Trail 2.0L 2WD
On sale

Now
Price
RM165,800.00 (on-the-road)
Engine
4-cyl, 16 valve, In-Line, DOHC with Twin CVTC, 169bhp @ 6000rpm, 233Nm @ 4000rpm
Transmission
Next Generation XTRONIC CVT with 7-speed Manual Mode
Performance
12km/l
Length / width / height / wheelbase (mm)
4640 / 1820 / 1715 / 2705
Weight
1612kg

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