Seek family adventure with Nissan X-Trail

Posted on: 10th September, 2018

Category: Motoring

Contributor: Sean Creedon

Car companies provide us with a wide range of photographs when new models are being launched. Some cars are photographed in urban areas, while others are pictured in exotic or scenic areas.

Well the picture of the Nissan X-Trail on Nissan’s website says it all for me. There you will find an amber-coloured car with three bicycles locked on to the roof and in the background is some rugged looking terrain about to be tackled.

It’s often said that a picture paints a thousand words and for me this picture is what the X-Trail is all about; heading off with the family for an adventure.

Nissan has been producing this mid-size crossover since 2000. We got the second generation in 2007 and the third in 2013. Then last year there was a face-lift for the X-Trail with restyled headlights and tail light which includes restyled twin LED projector headlamps.

The enhancements focus on a fresh exterior design, greater cabin refinement, more practicality for owners and innovative new technology.

The X-Trail shares the same platform as the Qashqai and there are huge similarities with the Qashqai’s interior and that must be good as every other manufacturer seems to want to copy the best-selling Qashqai.

The X-Trail is available as a five or seven seater, but naturally the third row of seats are small. My test model was the seven-seater and with only five seats in use the boot space was massive. Naturally not as spacious if all seven seats are in use.

My son who lives in Denmark drives an X-Trail. So I arranged for my test drive of the revamped X-trail to coincide with his and his family’s visit to Ireland last month. The grand children love their own X-Trail, but they were really envious of my automatic version which had gorgeous tan leather seats and many other extras.

I liked the idea of the sliding and reclining second row of seats. When you are catering for children of various ages you need that sort of flexibility. And you have ‘theatre style’ steps which made it easier to get in and out.

Of course all those extras like full-length sun roof add up and the total price for my 2.0-litre diesel automatic, top of the range X-Trail, which had a plethora of extras, brought the price of the car as tested up to €52,700. Incidentally Nissan call it a Moonroof rather than a Sunroof. Probably more romantic.

On the road this is a very relaxing car to drive and travel in. You will feel like the ‘King of the Road’ as you eat up the miles and the grand children will definitely be impressed.

Prices start at €32,150 for the five seater 1.6-litre petrol. But as with most new cars that’s only a starting price. The 1.6-litre petrol seven-seater starts at €36,600, while the 2.0-litre diesel starts at €43,450.  Road tax for the petrol versions is only €390, while the road tax on the top of the range diesel version came in a bit steep at €570.

As with most cars in the Nissan range there are four specs, XE, SV, SVE and SVE Premium.  It’s gorgeous, but once again you don’t have to purchase all the extras. Remember they are optional.

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