Nissan X-Trail review - MPG, CO2 and running costs
More efficient petrol and diesel engines improve economy and emissions, but performance suffers.
Downsizing from the old model’s 2.0-litre to the 1.7 dCi diesel pays dividends at the pumps for the X-Trail, which can return a claimed best of 43.5mpg in its most efficient two-wheel-drive manual form. That only drops a little to 40.4mpg for the all-wheel drive model. These figures are on the WLTP test cycle, so should better represent real-world economy.
CO2 emissions start at 155g/km for the entry-level diesel, but soon climb to a high of 205g/km if you opt for the all-wheel drive auto version.
The 1.3 DiG-T petrol engine is not quite as frugal, delivering a maximum fuel economy of 34.9mpg, on the combined cycle. CO2 emissions start from 166g/km, depending on trim level, which is reasonable, but not exceptional, particularly when compared to rivals using hybrid technology.
Relatively low power output and performance, plus a broad spread of safety equipment means the X-Trail is competitive on insurance. In fact, the X-Trail has dropped around 10 insurance groups compared to the old model, which all adds up to cheaper running costs.
All models fall into groups ranging from 17 to 21, depending on spec – that’s not much higher than the smaller Qashqai which covers bands 14 to 17. By comparison, the more powerful Honda CR-V starts at band 24.
Data suggests the X-Trail should retain around 38-39% of its original list after three years and 36,000 miles.
In this review
- 1Nissan X-Trail reviewThe Nissan X-Trail is essentially a larger version of the Qashqai with the option of seven seats.
- 2Engines, performance and driveWith a streamlined engine lineup, the X-Trail trades performance for improved economy and lower emissions.
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running Costs - currently readingMore efficient petrol and diesel engines improve economy and emissions, but performance suffers.
- 4Interior, design and technologyStrong kit levels and an easy-to-use interior layout, but X-Trail can't match quality of class-leaders.
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceImpressive interior space, seven seats and a decent boot make the X-Trail a very strong all-rounder.
- 6Reliability and SafetyNissan Safety Shield gives the X-Trail an edge, while the car seems fairly reliable, too.