Nissan X-Trail review - MPG, CO2 and running costs
Fuel economy is average, although the X-Trail shouldn’t be too expensive to insure and holds onto its value well
Nissan’s e-Power technology doesn’t deliver the same overall efficiency as a plug-in hybrid set-up, which means you probably won’t see many business users opting for an X-Trail as their next company car.
The 201bhp e-Power, front-wheel drive model offers the best fuel economy in the X-Trail range; up to 48.7mpg on the WLTP combined cycle, with CO2 emissions from 132g/km. Upgrade to the e-4orce four-wheel drive model and Nissan claims you should see fuel economy of around 44mpg with CO2 levels from 143g/km.
When we tested the 4WD version of the X-Trail against a Kia Sorento Hybrid, the Nissan managed to return 42.5mpg compared to the Kia's average of 39.5mpg. The X-Trail’s eagerness to work in EV mode meant that it was the more efficient around town of the two, and overall is impressively frugal at these low speeds. If you spend less time driving in town though, fuel economy from this set-up drops, as we only managed to achieve an average of around 36mpg when we first drove the X-Trail in the UK.
The entry-level 161bhp mild-hybrid version is cheaper to buy, but the five-seater only manages an average of 39.8mpg, while specifying an extra two seats causes the fuel economy figure falls to 39.2mpg. CO2 emissions start from 161g/km.
Buyers who regularly undertake longer journeys may wish to look towards rivals from Peugeot and Skoda, because both manufacturers still offer diesel power in their respective 5008 and Kodiaq ranges. It may be unfashionable in the age of electrification, but average economy of more than 50mpg still has its appeal.
Insurance premiums shouldn’t be too expensive if you opt for the 161bhp mild-hybrid model; the entry Visia car sits in group 22, while opting for the top Tekna+ trim means you’ll only see an increase to group 25. The 201bhp e-Power versions occupy groups 22 to 25, with the 210bhp e-4orce variants in groups 29 to 31.
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Buyers will be pleased to hear that the X-Trail holds onto about 54 per cent of its original value after a typical ownership period of three-years and 36,000 miles. In comparison, the Skoda Kodiaq performs similarly, while the Peugeot 5008 lags behind on around 46 per cent over the same three-year period.
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In this review
- 1Nissan X-Trail reviewThe new Nissan X-Trail is bigger and better than before, but its innovative electrified powertrain isn’t as efficient as some rivals
- 2Engines, performance and driveA good motorway cruiser with decent refinement, the X-Trail isn’t the most exciting car to drive
- 3MPG, CO2 and running costs - currently readingFuel economy is average, although the X-Trail shouldn’t be too expensive to insure and holds onto its value well
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe X-Trail is bigger than before, while top-spec models feature impressive levels of onboard technology
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceInterior space is good, but the X-Trail’s boot isn’t as big as some rivals
- 6Reliability and safetyThe X-Trail features excellent levels of safety, while customer satisfaction with Nissan is improving