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Nissan X-Trail review - MPG, CO2 and Running Costs

Downsizing pays dividends for diesel economy and emissions, and the 1.6 petrol isn’t bad either

Downsizing from the old model’s 2.0-litre to the 1.6 dCi diesel pays dividends at the pumps for the X-Trail, which can return a claimed best of 55.4mpg on the WLTP test cyclein its most efficient two-wheel-drive manual form. That only drops a little to 52.3mpg for the all-wheel drive model.

CO2 emissions from 133g/km mean the X-Trail is four tax bands cheaper than the version it replaces, at least in 2WD form. However, ticking the 4WD box doesn’t only shade performance and economy, it also bumps CO2 emissions up to 143g/km.

The 1.6 DiG-T petrol engine is not quite as frugal, delivering fuel economy of 44.1mpg, while the 2.0 dCi diesel manages 46.3mpg combined, thanks to the standard-fit four-wheel drive adding extra transmission drag. CO2 emissions rise to 162g/km, which is reasonable, but not exceptional. 

Insurance groups

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.

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All models fall into groups ranging from 16 to 23, 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 23.


The X-Trail’s extra ‘audience appeal’ should pay dividends at resale time. Indications suggest it could benefit from an estimated nine per cent increase in residual values versus the old model. That could be a killer blow against the X-Trail’s rivals from Kia and Hyundai, which traditionally depreciate more rapidly due to their perceived inferior badge credentials.


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