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Nissan X-Trail (2014 – 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 sometime in the first half of 2022.

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 56% as it went off sale in November 2021. 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 rating: 5 stars
Date tested: October 2014

86%

ADULT OCCUPANT

83%

CHILD OCCUPANT

75%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

75%

SAFETY ASSIST

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

The Nissan X-Trail has not been lab tested by Green NCAP. This is a new initiative, launched in 2018 as a sister organisation to Euro NCAP.

Awards


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

2019

  • Sunday Times Motor Awards – Best Dog-Friendly Car

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