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Nissan X-Trail (2014 to 2021)

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Nissan X-Trail (2014 to 2021)

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    The Nissan X-Trail is a medium-sized SUV/crossover and the largest in the Nissan SUV family. It shares many of its components with the smaller Nissan Qashqai. It is available with either five or seven seats. Called the Nissan Rogue in the USA and Canada, Nissan claims that it is the most popular SUV in the world.

    This generation of the X-Trail was launched in 2014, with a major update in 2017 and various other improvements over the last few years. It ended production in Autumn 2021, ahead of a new model that is set to arrive in the UK by the end of 2022 (originally early 2022, but was delayed thanks to the car industry’s Covid-related supply shortages).

    Towards the end of its prodiction life, the X-Trail struggled to remain competitive with other seven-seat SUVs, which is reflected in an overall Expert Rating of 58% as of October 2022. That puts it firmly in the bottom half of its market segment and a long way behind the best in its class.

    The Nissan X-Trail was praised for its practicailty and spaciousness as a five-seater model, although the optional extra row of seats is really only suitable for young children. Newer rivals are considered to be more comfortable and better to drive, with improved safety technology and better infotainment systems.

    A more significant issue is reliability. In 2021, What Car? rated the X-Trail as the least reliable new car on sale with nearly 40% of owners having problems – many of which were expensive and not covered by warranty.

    Key specifications

    Body style: Medium SUV/crossover
    Engines: petrol, diesel
    Price: From £26,835 on-road

    Launched: Summer 2014
    Ended production: Autumn 2021
    Replacement due: Spring 2022

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    Safety rating

    Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

    Overall score: 5 stars
    Date tested: October 2014
    Date expired: January 2021
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    Adult protection: 86%
    Child protection: 83%
    Vulnerable road users: 75%
    Safety assist: 75%

    Note on safety rating

    The X-Trail was assessed by Euro NCAP in 2014 and awarded a five-star rating. This rating expired in January 2021, as it no longer met the requirements for a five-star score. This is normal practice, as Euro NCAP reviews its ratings on most cars annually with most ratings expiring after about six or seven years.

    However, if you are comparing a used Nissan X-Trail to vehicles of similar age, whose ratings will have probably also expired, its safety rating score is still useful.

    Eco rating

    Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

    No eco rating

    The Nissan X-Trail was not lab tested by Green NCAP during its production life.

    Reliability rating

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    Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

    All data based on MotorEasy average workshop costs for extended car warranty claims

    As of October 2022, the Nissan Qashqai has a reliability rating of 46%, which is slightly below average according to warranty data provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our partner MotorEasy. This score applies collectively to this second-generation X-Trail as well as older (pre-2014) generations.

    Average repair costs for the Qashqai are fairly omderate, at a little over £600 – although this is still more than the price of an average used car warranty, which is worth keeping in mind if you are considering a used Qashqai. Engine problems are partiularly expensive to fix, at an average repair of £1,700, while most other repairs costs compare favourably to similar cars.


    Trophies, prizes and awards that the Nissan X-Trail received


    • Sunday Times Motor Awards – Best Dog-Friendly Car

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    The NIssan X-Trail received mixed reviews throughout its production life, being comfortable and practical but off the pace of its top rivals.Nissan X-Trail (2014 to 2021)