Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with?
The Nissan X-Trail N-Sport model is based on the mid-spec ST-L petrol, retaining the same 2.5-litre engine and CVT auto, available with two-wheel drive (2WD) at $39,250, or four-wheel drive (4WD) for $41,250 (before on-road costs).
There will be 600 examples of the ST-L N-Sport available, and the price increase over respective donor ST-L 2WD ($37,200) and 4WD ($39,200) models is $2050.
So, in addition to the sports pack/black pack elements and bigger wheels, what does the ST-L N-Sport come with as standard? We aren’t doing a full model comparison here, but the ST-L grade comes in midway through the model range, and is decently equipped.
Standard gear includes leather seat trim, heated front seats, a leather-lined steering wheel and gear knob, a 7.0-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation, USB input and Bluetooth (but no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto phone mirroring), DAB+ digital radio and a six-speaker sound system.
The N-Sport pack clearly adds 18-inch wheels (the ST-L usually rides on 17s) and there’s still a space-saver spare under the boot floor. Auto headlights are standard, but auto wipers aren’t, and nor is an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The ST-L grade (and the ST and TS versions) have LED daytime running lights and LED tail-lights, but they don’t get LED headlights, which is a shame.
However, the safety game is pretty strong for the 2018 X-Trail range - and we’re not just talking about the surround view camera fitted to the ST-L grade. Read more about X-Trail safety equipment in the safety section below.