Nissan X-Trail Ti-L 2007 Review

Nissan X-Trail Ti-L 2007 Review

Nissan X-Trail 2007 fq

It’s a suitably rugged name to imply the outdoors. Whether you read it X-Trail or Cross-Trail doesn’t matter; the fact is that it is competent on most on- and off-road trails (except those where the mud is up to your knees because the ground clearance is only 200mm).

This new top-of-the-line X-Trail superficially doesn’t seem much different to the old one. Because it’s not — it was really just a case of Nissan listening to the suggestions of its customers. It still needs a bit of a hand on the looks department, but the old X-Trail was pretty much perfect for its intended audience, so this one puts a bit more icing on the cake.

Exceptionally roomy on the inside, while maintaining sensible exterior dimensions, Nissan’s designers have done a good job of maximising interior space, from the unusual location of the front heated/cooled cup holders (above the air vents to heat/cool drinks), through to the innovative drawer system underneath the boot that allows you to store thievable items out of sight.

If you need extra space in the back, the drawers can be removed, and cargo hooks and tie-down points in the boot allow you to secure large loads. With the rear seats up, 603 litres of holiday paraphernalia can be loaded in the back. And, if you’re spared the trials and tribulations of children asking you whether you’re there yet, you can fold the rear seats flat and fit an even more impressive 1773 litres. The washable luggage board and 12-volt power outlet in the boot are convenient for holiday motoring.

In the front there’s a new dashboard storage box, the glovebox is of a reasonable size, and there are other cubby holes and trays for the bits and bobs that always end up on trips.

The front suspension is mounted on a sub-frame that has compliant rubber mounts to isolate road noise and vibrations from the chassis. A front anti-roll bar, attached directly to the strut assembly, reduces body roll when cornering. While the X-Trail isn’t quite as comfortable as Nissan’s Murano, this suspension setup makes driving it at road speed like sitting in comfy chair in a small earthquake — pleasant with a hint that the ground might be moving beneath you. This chair is power-adjustable on the driver’s side and when fully up (aided by the X-Trail’s height) has the visibility of a grassy knoll at a presidential parade, which will appeal to shorter drivers.

The Nissan uses a 2.5-litre DOHC engine putting out 125kW and 226Nm, mated to a CVT auto gearbox. It’s also available in 6-speed manual, though remarkably the CVT is fractionally more fuel efficient.

There’s ample towing capacity for a medium-large caravan or a fairly large boat (2000kg on a braked trailer). Of course, pulling your accommodation behind you won’t let you get anywhere near the 9.3l/100km quoted, but that figure is acceptable for general motoring in a car this size.

Riding on 215/65R17 tyres on 17-inch rims the X-Trail will cope with most terrain admirably. Sharp changes of direction are not its forte, but it does have an intelligent 4WD system that monitors which wheel needs more power. This is coupled to the traction control, electronic stability program, ABS, brake assist and electronic brakeforce distribution. Other helpful electronics include the Hill Descent Control (it keeps the car at a steady 8kph downhill using the ABS) and Hill Start Assist, which holds the brake on until you press the accelerator when starting on an incline. Add that to the six airbags and you get a 4-star ANCAP crash rating and 2-star pedestrian protection rating.

Take a look around the outside and you’ll see a thick rear quarter pillar. This would be a significant blind spot were the mirrors not so large. It gives the X-Trail’s rear a slightly unbalanced look compared to the front — Nissan may have got the overall driving formula right, but function wins over form in this case. The front corners of the car are more visible when manoeuvring, but reversing with that thick rear pillar is a different story.

In the medium SUV market the X-Trail really holds its own. The innovative features and interior planning make the X-Trail versatile, and the ride comfort and driving position make the X-Trail a pleasant machine for long journeys.

Price as tested: from $43,895

What we like

  • Very comfortable
  • Good versatility of load space/storage — makes you want to go on holiday
  • Change from 2WD to 4WD and it’s good enough for most of the off-road driving you’re likely to do
  • Feels like it’s screwed together well

What we don’t like

  • Still a hint of ugly
  • Despite anti-roll bar, soft suspension means you won’t be attacking the corners like Senna. Would benefit greatly from magnetically adjustable suspension, or some other way of stiffening it up

Words Darren Cottingham, photos Dan Wakelin

Engine

  • 2.5 Litre Petrol, 16 Valve
  • Capacity – 2488 cc
  • Power – 125kW@6000rpm
  • Torque – 226Nm@4400rpm

Transmission

  • 6 Speed Manual or CVT
  • All Mode 4×4 System

Suspension

  • Front – Independent MacPherson Struts
  • Rear – Parallel Link Struts
  • Front & Rear Stabiliser Bars

Brakes

  • Ventilated Front and Rear disc brakes
  • ABS Anti-Lock Braking System
  • Electronic Brake Distribution System (EBD)
  • Brake Assist System
  • Park Brake

Wheels / Tyres

  • Steel Wheels with Covers
  • Tyres – 215/65R16
  • Spare Wheel – Full Size Steel

Dimensions

  • Overall Length – 4630 mm
  • Overall Width – 1785 mm
  • Overall Height – 1685 mm
  • Wheelbase – 2630 mm
  • Track – Front – 1530 mm
  • Track – Rear – 1535 mm
  • Turning Circle – 10.6 m
  • Ground Clearance – 200 mm
  • Approach Angle – 26 degrees
  • Departure Angle – 22 Degrees

Exterior

  • Body Coloured Bumpers
  • Body Coloured Front Grille
  • Chrome Rear Door Finisher
  • Door Handles – Black
  • Front & Rear Mudflaps
  • Power Door Mirrors – Body Colour
  • Roof Rails

Interior

  • Seating Capacity – 5
  • Cloth Seat Trim
  • Front Bucket Seats with Recline
  • Driver Seat Height Adjustment
  • Active Headrests
  • Adjustable Front & Rear Headrests
  • 60/40 Split Folding Rear Seat
  • Fold Flat Rear Seat
  • Rear Seat Armrest
  • Tilt Adjustable Steering
  • Day / Night Rear View Mirror
  • Tonneau Cover

Weights / Capacities

  • Tare Weight – Manual – 1525 kg
  • Tare Weight – CVT-M6 – 1554 kg
  • GVM – 2100 kg
  • Luggage Capacity VDA – 603 L
  • Luggage Capacity VDA – Rear Seats Folded Flat – 1773 L
  • Towing Capacity (unbraked) – 750 kg
  • Towing Capacity (braked)- 2000 kg

Comfort & Convenience

  • 12 Volt Power Outlet – Cargo Area
  • Air Conditioning with Rear Duct
  • Driver Foot Rest
  • Door Map Pockets
  • Centre Console Box with Lid
  • Cigarette Lighter and Ash Tray
  • Cruise Control
  • Cup Holders – Front – 4
  • Cup Holders – Rear – 2
  • Keyless Entry
  • Interior Courtesy Light
  • Intermittent Front Wipers
  • Intermittent Rear Wiper with Washer
  • Lockable Glove Box
  • Map Lights – 2
  • Passenger Assist Grips
  • Power Door Mirrors
  • Power Windows with Automatic Up/Down
  • Rear Luggage Area Tie Down Hooks
  • Rear Luggage Area Light
  • Rear Window Demister
  • Remote Central Locking
  • Seat Back Pocket
  • Underfloor Storage System
  • Sunvisor Mirror – Driver & Passenger

Audio

  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Single Disc CD Player
  • 4 Speakers
  • Roof Mounted Antenna

Instrumentation

  • All Mode 4×4 Indicator Lamp
  • Dash Illumination Control
  • Digital Clock – in Trip Meter
  • Door Ajar Warning Lamp
  • Drive Computer – Average Speed, Average Fuel Consumption, Distance to Empty and Trip Time
  • Exterior Temperature Gauge
  • Fuel and Temperature Gauge
  • Headlights-on and Key-in Warning Chime
  • Instrument Panel Dimmer
  • Low Fuel Light
  • Oil and Voltage Warning light
  • Speedo with Dual Trip Meter
  • Tachometer

Safety

  • Active Front Headrests
  • Anti-Lock Braking Systen (ABS)
  • Brake Assist (BA)
  • Childproof Rear Door Locks
  • Curtain SRS Airbags
  • Driver & Passenger Side SRS Airbags
  • Driver and Passenger SRS Airbags
  • Driver’s Window Interruption Detection
  • Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD)
  • Engine Immobiliser
  • Front Seatbelts with Pretensioners
  • Halogen Headlights
  • Height Adjustable Front Seatbelts
  • High Mount Stop Light
  • Impact Absorbing Steering Column
  • Laminated Tinted Windscreen
  • Side Intrusion Bars

Fuel

  • Recommended Fuel Type – Unleaded 91 RON or higher
  • Fuel Tank Capacity – 65 Litres
  • Fuel Consumption (Litres/100km) – 9.5 ADR
  • CO2 Emission (g/km) – 217

Nissan X-Trail 2007 fq

It’s a suitably rugged name to imply the outdoors. Whether you read it X-Trail or Cross-Trail doesn’t matter; the fact is that it is competent on most on- and off-road trails (except those where the mud is up to your knees because the ground clearance is only 200mm).

This new top-of-the-line X-Trail superficially doesn’t seem much different to the old one. Because it’s not — it was really just a case of Nissan listening to the suggestions of its customers. It still needs a bit of a hand on the looks department, but the old X-Trail was pretty much perfect for its intended audience, so this one puts a bit more icing on the cake.

Exceptionally roomy on the inside, while maintaining sensible exterior dimensions, Nissan’s designers have done a good job of maximising interior space, from the unusual location of the front heated/cooled cup holders (above the air vents to heat/cool drinks), through to the innovative drawer system underneath the boot that allows you to store thievable items out of sight.

If you need extra space in the back, the drawers can be removed, and cargo hooks and tie-down points in the boot allow you to secure large loads. With the rear seats up, 603 litres of holiday paraphernalia can be loaded in the back. And, if you’re spared the trials and tribulations of children asking you whether you’re there yet, you can fold the rear seats flat and fit an even more impressive 1773 litres. The washable luggage board and 12-volt power outlet in the boot are convenient for holiday motoring.

In the front there’s a new dashboard storage box, the glovebox is of a reasonable size, and there are other cubby holes and trays for the bits and bobs that always end up on trips.

The front suspension is mounted on a sub-frame that has compliant rubber mounts to isolate road noise and vibrations from the chassis. A front anti-roll bar, attached directly to the strut assembly, reduces body roll when cornering. While the X-Trail isn’t quite as comfortable as Nissan’s Murano, this suspension setup makes driving it at road speed like sitting in comfy chair in a small earthquake — pleasant with a hint that the ground might be moving beneath you. This chair is power-adjustable on the driver’s side and when fully up (aided by the X-Trail’s height) has the visibility of a grassy knoll at a presidential parade, which will appeal to shorter drivers.

The Nissan uses a 2.5-litre DOHC engine putting out 125kW and 226Nm, mated to a CVT auto gearbox. It’s also available in 6-speed manual, though remarkably the CVT is fractionally more fuel efficient.

There’s ample towing capacity for a medium-large caravan or a fairly large boat (2000kg on a braked trailer). Of course, pulling your accommodation behind you won’t let you get anywhere near the 9.3l/100km quoted, but that figure is acceptable for general motoring in a car this size.

Riding on 215/65R17 tyres on 17-inch rims the X-Trail will cope with most terrain admirably. Sharp changes of direction are not its forte, but it does have an intelligent 4WD system that monitors which wheel needs more power. This is coupled to the traction control, electronic stability program, ABS, brake assist and electronic brakeforce distribution. Other helpful electronics include the Hill Descent Control (it keeps the car at a steady 8kph downhill using the ABS) and Hill Start Assist, which holds the brake on until you press the accelerator when starting on an incline. Add that to the six airbags and you get a 4-star ANCAP crash rating and 2-star pedestrian protection rating.

Take a look around the outside and you’ll see a thick rear quarter pillar. This would be a significant blind spot were the mirrors not so large. It gives the X-Trail’s rear a slightly unbalanced look compared to the front — Nissan may have got the overall driving formula right, but function wins over form in this case. The front corners of the car are more visible when manoeuvring, but reversing with that thick rear pillar is a different story.

In the medium SUV market the X-Trail really holds its own. The innovative features and interior planning make the X-Trail versatile, and the ride comfort and driving position make the X-Trail a pleasant machine for long journeys.

Price as tested: from $43,895

What we like

  • Very comfortable
  • Good versatility of load space/storage — makes you want to go on holiday
  • Change from 2WD to 4WD and it’s good enough for most of the off-road driving you’re likely to do
  • Feels like it’s screwed together well

What we don’t like

  • Still a hint of ugly
  • Despite anti-roll bar, soft suspension means you won’t be attacking the corners like Senna. Would benefit greatly from magnetically adjustable suspension, or some other way of stiffening it up

Words Darren Cottingham, photos Dan Wakelin

Engine

  • 2.5 Litre Petrol, 16 Valve
  • Capacity – 2488 cc
  • Power – 125kW@6000rpm
  • Torque – 226Nm@4400rpm

Transmission

  • 6 Speed Manual or CVT
  • All Mode 4×4 System

Suspension

  • Front – Independent MacPherson Struts
  • Rear – Parallel Link Struts
  • Front & Rear Stabiliser Bars

Brakes

  • Ventilated Front and Rear disc brakes
  • ABS Anti-Lock Braking System
  • Electronic Brake Distribution System (EBD)
  • Brake Assist System
  • Park Brake

Wheels / Tyres

  • Steel Wheels with Covers
  • Tyres – 215/65R16
  • Spare Wheel – Full Size Steel

Dimensions

  • Overall Length – 4630 mm
  • Overall Width – 1785 mm
  • Overall Height – 1685 mm
  • Wheelbase – 2630 mm
  • Track – Front – 1530 mm
  • Track – Rear – 1535 mm
  • Turning Circle – 10.6 m
  • Ground Clearance – 200 mm
  • Approach Angle – 26 degrees
  • Departure Angle – 22 Degrees

Exterior

  • Body Coloured Bumpers
  • Body Coloured Front Grille
  • Chrome Rear Door Finisher
  • Door Handles – Black
  • Front & Rear Mudflaps
  • Power Door Mirrors – Body Colour
  • Roof Rails

Interior

  • Seating Capacity – 5
  • Cloth Seat Trim
  • Front Bucket Seats with Recline
  • Driver Seat Height Adjustment
  • Active Headrests
  • Adjustable Front & Rear Headrests
  • 60/40 Split Folding Rear Seat
  • Fold Flat Rear Seat
  • Rear Seat Armrest
  • Tilt Adjustable Steering
  • Day / Night Rear View Mirror
  • Tonneau Cover

Weights / Capacities

  • Tare Weight – Manual – 1525 kg
  • Tare Weight – CVT-M6 – 1554 kg
  • GVM – 2100 kg
  • Luggage Capacity VDA – 603 L
  • Luggage Capacity VDA – Rear Seats Folded Flat – 1773 L
  • Towing Capacity (unbraked) – 750 kg
  • Towing Capacity (braked)- 2000 kg

Comfort & Convenience

  • 12 Volt Power Outlet – Cargo Area
  • Air Conditioning with Rear Duct
  • Driver Foot Rest
  • Door Map Pockets
  • Centre Console Box with Lid
  • Cigarette Lighter and Ash Tray
  • Cruise Control
  • Cup Holders – Front – 4
  • Cup Holders – Rear – 2
  • Keyless Entry
  • Interior Courtesy Light
  • Intermittent Front Wipers
  • Intermittent Rear Wiper with Washer
  • Lockable Glove Box
  • Map Lights – 2
  • Passenger Assist Grips
  • Power Door Mirrors
  • Power Windows with Automatic Up/Down
  • Rear Luggage Area Tie Down Hooks
  • Rear Luggage Area Light
  • Rear Window Demister
  • Remote Central Locking
  • Seat Back Pocket
  • Underfloor Storage System
  • Sunvisor Mirror – Driver & Passenger

Audio

  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Single Disc CD Player
  • 4 Speakers
  • Roof Mounted Antenna

Instrumentation

  • All Mode 4×4 Indicator Lamp
  • Dash Illumination Control
  • Digital Clock – in Trip Meter
  • Door Ajar Warning Lamp
  • Drive Computer – Average Speed, Average Fuel Consumption, Distance to Empty and Trip Time
  • Exterior Temperature Gauge
  • Fuel and Temperature Gauge
  • Headlights-on and Key-in Warning Chime
  • Instrument Panel Dimmer
  • Low Fuel Light
  • Oil and Voltage Warning light
  • Speedo with Dual Trip Meter
  • Tachometer

Safety

  • Active Front Headrests
  • Anti-Lock Braking Systen (ABS)
  • Brake Assist (BA)
  • Childproof Rear Door Locks
  • Curtain SRS Airbags
  • Driver & Passenger Side SRS Airbags
  • Driver and Passenger SRS Airbags
  • Driver’s Window Interruption Detection
  • Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD)
  • Engine Immobiliser
  • Front Seatbelts with Pretensioners
  • Halogen Headlights
  • Height Adjustable Front Seatbelts
  • High Mount Stop Light
  • Impact Absorbing Steering Column
  • Laminated Tinted Windscreen
  • Side Intrusion Bars

Fuel

  • Recommended Fuel Type – Unleaded 91 RON or higher
  • Fuel Tank Capacity – 65 Litres
  • Fuel Consumption (Litres/100km) – 9.5 ADR
  • CO2 Emission (g/km) – 217
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