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Nissan X-Trail review - Reliability and safety

The X-Trail features excellent levels of safety, while customer satisfaction with Nissan is improving

Overall Auto Express Rating

3.5 out of 5

Reliability and safety Rating

4.0 out of 5

£32,830 to £49,645
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If you’re a buyer looking for a safe family car, then the Nissan X-Trail has to be worth considering. Industry safety body, Euro NCAP, awarded the large SUV its full five-star rating, with excellent scores of 91 per cent for adult occupants and 90 per cent for child passenger protection. The X-Trail’s high level of standard safety equipment was also recognised with a 95 per cent rating.

The X-Trail includes a raft of active safety systems that help to make journeys easier and less stressful. Using a camera mounted in the windscreen and a radar behind the Nissan badge in the front grille, the onboard technology includes automatic emergency braking, a forward collision warning, a lane-keep assist system, a blind-spot warning and traffic sign recognition. 

Intelligent cruise control is also available and is capable of controlling acceleration and deceleration to automatically maintain a suitable following distance to the vehicle in front. Tekna and Tekna+ cars also include Nissan’s ProPilot driver assistance set-up.

The X-Trail is too new to have featured in our Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, although the Qashqai mid-size SUV, Juke crossover and Leaf EV all made an appearance in the 75-strong list of the best cars to own. Nissan itself moved up from 18th position (out of 29 brands) in 2021, to 15th place in 2022.


You get a standard three-year warranty with the X-Trail, limited to 60,000 miles. It is possible to extend cover at extra cost, with a further year’s warranty costing around £430. There’s also 12 months of breakdown cover from new.


Nissan offers individual payment plans to help spread the overall cost of any scheduled maintenance. You can opt for either a two, three or four year plan, with monthly instalments of around £20. Alternatively, you have the choice to make a single payment to cover the duration of the plan.

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