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Nissan X-Trail

The Nissan X-Trail is a mid-sized SUV, which is offered in both five and seven-seat variants.

Launched in 2001 to compete with the successful RAV4 and Forester SUVs, the X-Trail follows much the same principles as the RAV, such as a choice of two and four-wheel drive, petrol and diesel engines and manual and automatic transmissions. Growing over successive generations, the X-Trail remains popular thanks to its range of configurations, versatile capabilities and decent value.

Current prices range from $29,890 to $48,490 for the X-Trail ST (2WD) (5YR) and X-Trail TL (4X4).

Nissan X-Trail Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Nissan X-Trail varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $29,890 and going to $48,490 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2021 SUV 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $29,890 $48,490
2020 SUV 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $29,890 $48,490
2019 SUV 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $19,000 $46,530
2018 SUV 2.5L, ULP, CVT AUTO $17,300 $37,180
2017 SUV 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $15,200 $34,540
See All Nissan X-Trail Pricing and Specs

Nissan X-Trail Seats

The following Nissan X-Trail is only available with a seven seat configuration, which utilises the Nissan EZ Flex second row 60:40 split seating system. The choice of either tan or black accented leather seat trim is available on both the Ti and TL variants. The ST-L and N-Sport variants are available only with black leather accented seat trim and black cloth alone is available on the ST and TS variants.

Nissan X-Trail Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Nissan X-Trail here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • Why is my 2012 Nissan X-Trail using a lot of oil?

    Let’s start with the black exhaust pipe. All cars that run on unleaded petrol have a sooty black exhaust. The soot will be thicker if the car isn’t tuned properly, but really, the blackness is just a by-product of burning ULP.

    Your oil use of about a litre every 1500km is getting towards the top of what is acceptable. Even then, it’s more than this engine should consume. The fact is that all engines use some oil, but it’s usually not enough to require topping up between oil changes. But with your usage rate, you’d need to keep a close eye on the dipstick.

    The oil is clearly going somewhere, so check on the ground under where the car is parked each night and look for a pool of oil that suggests the problem is an external leak rather than internal engine wear. From there, have a workshop conduct a compression and leak-down test. The results of this will tell you if the engine’s internal parts are worn and leading to the oil being consumed.

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  • What caused my 2006 Nissan X-Trail to overheat and lose compression?

    I’m afraid to say, David, that it sounds like you’ve prematurely ended the engine’s life. I’d say a blown head gasket is just the beginning of your woes here, and it’s likely you’ve `cooked’ the engine; a mechanic’s description for getting the engine so hot inside that the piston rings have lost tension (hence no compression) or parts of the engine have even melted internally, with obvious results. It’s also common for this type of thing to have the engine more or less weld itself together, at which point it won’t even turn over on the starter motor.

    You might be lucky and simply have to replace the head gasket, but even then, you’d be wise to have the cylinder head checked for straightness. If the cylinder head is warped (as a result of the heat) then you might need a new one, at which point you might find the cost of repairs suddenly goes beyond the actual value of a 2006 X-Trail. The moral of the story is to keep an eye on the temperature gauge and not to ignore the first signs of the engine beginning to run hot. Pulling up to add water after the thing has overheated is a classic case of shutting the gate after the horse has bolted.

    If you do wish to keep the car, my advice would be - once you’ve established the extent of the carnage - to find a good second-hand engine from a wrecked X-Trail and have that fitted. It would almost certainly be the cheaper option in the long run.

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  • What is the best family SUV for around $20000?

    While the Mitsubishi Outlander is spacious, reliable and easy to drive, our experience testing it against rival medium SUVs have found it to be noisy and a little too firm riding to be truly comfortable and relaxing. At your price point, there are better alternatives out there. 

    Have you considered a Mazda CX-5? In petrol or diesel, we have found it to be a superior and more economical proposition, and is definitely quieter and more refined. Plus, the Mazda's all-wheel-drive system is more sophisticated and better at dealing with loose surfaces like sand.

    A late-model (post 2014) S5-series Subaru Forester 2.5i petrol is far more economical than the earlier iterations, since it switched to a more efficient CVT continuously variable transmission. And there's also the 2.0D turbo-diesel which is economical. This, too, is a fine SUV on-road or for light off-road driving.

    Finally, the Nissan X-Trail diesel is a roomy and capable choice, especially from 2017, when it received a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel to replace the older 1.6L unit.

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  • What model X-Trail or Forester should I buy for less than $19000

    We'd recommend the Nissan T32 X-Trail Series II from mid-2017-onwards and Subaru S4 Forester (2013-2018), since they both make strong secondhand buys due to their reliability, economy, ease of operation, spacious interiors, practicality and strong resale values.

    The reason why we'd buy the 2017-onwards X-Trail Series II is because it standardises Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB). With the Forester, you'll need to skip the lower grades 2.0i-L (manual-only) and 2.5i-L (auto only) for the S and XT for that important safety technology Subaru calls 'EyeSight'. 

    The X-Trail comes in front-wheel drive (2WD) or all-wheel drive (AWD) configurations, but the Forester is AWD-only. All automatics are of the continuous variable transmission (CVT) variety, which priorities fuel economy but can make the engine drone under hard acceleration. Subaru calls its CVT Lineartronic while Nissan dubs its version X-Tronic.

    Our recommendation is to check the service and maintenance history of any car you buy, to ensure every interval has been met and carried out by a proper dealer or brand specialist. This is especially important with the Forester, as it is a slightly more complicated vehicle mechanically. Note that all Subarus of this generation require six-monthly service intervals, not 12-monthly ones like the Nissan, which might be an inconvenience. 

    We'd steer clear of ex-rentals as they tend to have a very hard life (both models were popular with such agencies), though they're almost always the base X-Trail ST and Forester 2.5i-L grades that end up as rental fodder.

    If you're thinking about diesel engined versions, the X-Trail in middle-range TL and up-spec TS guises switched from the earlier (2014-2017) Series 1's 1.6-litre turbo-diesel to a much more powerful and effective 2.0-litre unit, so that's worth remembering. In the Forester the 2.0D equates to the mid-level petrol models in terms of equipment levels.

    Finally, we recommend a mechanical check-up to see that your potential used-buy has not been subjected to punishing off-road treatment. While both the Forester and X-Trail offer good ground clearances, they're not for off-road use, only light gravel, snow or trail driving.

    We hope this helps. Good luck. 

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Nissan X-Trail Colours

  • Brilliant Silver
  • Diamond Black
  • Marine Blue
  • Copper Blaze
  • Ruby Red
  • Gun Metallic
  • Ivory Pearl
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website.

Nissan X-Trail Towing Capacity

The Nissan X-Trail has maximum towing capacity of 1500kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2020 SUV 1500kg 1500kg
2019 SUV 1500kg 1500kg
2018 SUV 1500kg 1500kg
2017 SUV 1500kg 2000kg
2016 SUV 1500kg 2000kg
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Nissan X-Trail Boot Space

The Nissan X-Trail has a boot space size of 565 VDA.
Nissan X-Trail Boot space

Nissan X-Trail Dimensions

The dimensions of the Nissan X-Trail SUV vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2020 SUV 1740x1820x4690 mm 210 mm
2019 SUV 1740x1820x4690 mm 210 mm
2018 SUV 1740x1820x4690 mm 210 mm
2017 SUV 1710x1820x4640 mm 210 mm
2016 SUV 1710x1820x4640 mm 210 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Nissan X-Trail Dimensions

Nissan X-Trail Interior

The Nissan X-Trail's interior has stood the test of time reasonably well - though the dashboard is starting to date, as there are newer rivals with more up-to-date trim options available. The images show a tidy and thoughtful space, albeit lacking a little excitement - even in the high-grade leather-trim models.

Nissan X-Trail Fuel Consumption

The Nissan X-Trail is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by Diesel and ULP fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 6L/100km for SUV /Diesel for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2020 SUV 6L/100km 2.0L Diesel CVT AUTO
2020 SUV 8.2L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2019 SUV 6L/100km 2.0L Diesel CVT AUTO
2019 SUV 8.2L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2018 SUV 6L/100km 2.0L Diesel CVT AUTO
2018 SUV 8.2L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2017 SUV 5.3L/100km 1.6L Diesel CVT AUTO
2017 SUV 8.2L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2016 SUV 5.3L/100km 1.6L Diesel CVT AUTO
2016 SUV 8.2L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
* Combined fuel consumption See All Nissan X-Trail Pricing and Specs for 2020

Nissan X-Trail Wheel Size

The Nissan X-Trail has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 225x65 R17 for SUV in 2020 with a wheel size that spans from 17x7 inches.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2020 SUV 225x65 R17 17x7 inches 225x65 R17 17x7 inches
2019 SUV 225x65 R17 17x7 inches 225x65 R17 17x7 inches
2018 SUV 225x65 R17 17x7 inches 225x65 R17 17x7 inches
2017 SUV 225x65 R17 17x7 inches 225x65 R17 17x7 inches
2016 SUV 225x65 R17 17x7 inches 225x65 R17 17x7 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Nissan X-Trail Wheel Sizes