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Nissan X-Trail

(2022 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

66
%
B

Used car score:

61
%
C

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

61
%
D

Safety Rating:

92
%
A

Eco Rating:

61
%
B

Reliability Rating:

68
%
D

Running Costs:

30
%
E

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

66
%
B

Used car score:

61
%
C

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

61
%
D

Safety Rating:

92
%
A

Eco Rating:

61
%
B

Reliability Rating:

68
%
D

Running Costs:

30
%
E

Summary


The Nissan X-Trail is a large SUV available in five-seat and seven-seat configurations. This is the latest fourth-generation model, which went on sale in the final months of 2022.

Both front-wheel and all-wheel drive models are available, and customers can opt for either a petrol mild hybrid engine, or one of Nissan’s ‘e-Power’ petrol-electric hybrid powertrains.

The X-Trail is more spacious than the smaller best-selling Nissan Qashqai, and is also a capable off-roader, but several reviewers comment that the SUV is not as economical as they were expecting – particularly the more expensive ‘e-Power’ option.

Like the Qashqai, the latest X-Trail was developed in Cranfield in the UK and about half of European sales are to UK customers. However, unlike the Qashqai, the X-Trail is built in Japan rather than in Sunderland.

“While efficiency isn’t bad on paper”, Parker‘s Alan Taylor-Jones explains, “there are lower CO2 emitting options such as the plug-in hybrid Kia Sorento or Hyundai Santa Fe that can also run on electric power for much longer distances.

What Car? concludes that, while the X-Trail is a decent family car choice, there are plenty of rivals that are more comfortable, more fun to drive and that offer even more space for a similar price. While the car is roomy when specced as a five-seater, media outlets generally agree that the third row of seating in seven-seat versions is quite cramped.

As of January 2024, the fourth-generation Nissan X-Trail holds a New Car Expert Rating of B, with a score of 66%. It has an excellent safety rating, while its CO2 emissions are low. Media scores and the X-Trail’s historic reliability record are poor, while running costs are high thanks to high insurance premiums.

X-Trail highlights

  • Well-equipped as standard
  • All-wheel drive models capable off-road
  • Practical interior

X-Trail lowlights

  • Cramped third row seating
  • Not very fun to drive
  • Could be more fuel efficient

Key specifications


Body style: Large SUV/crossover
Engines:
petrol mild hybrid, petrol-electric hybrid
Price:
From £32,890 on-road

Launched: Winter 2022/23
Last updated: N/A
Replacement due: TBA


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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: November 2022
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 91%
Child protection: 90%
Vulnerable road users: 70%
Safety assist: 95%

Structurally, the Nissan X-Trail is based on the smaller Qashqai SUV, so its Euro NCAP safety rating is based on the Qashqai’s testing in 2021. However, additional tests and analysis were undertaken where there were specific differences between the two models.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of January 2024, the Nissan X-Trail has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

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

The Nissan X-Trail has a reliability record that’s pretty much average for the new car market as of January 2024, according to workshop and warranty data provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our partner, MotorEasy. This score applies to both the current model (2022 onwards) and previous generations.

The most commonly reported faults are engine-related. Unfortunately, these are also the most expensive, with an average repair bill of about £1,400. Gearbox repairs also average more than £1,000, but these are not as common.

If you own a Nissan X-Trail or you’re thinking about buying a used X-Trail, make sure that any used car warranty you purchase covers all the potential problem areas shown above.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Fuel consumptionAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models39 mpgD38 – 40 mpgD – D
Hybrid models45 mpgC42 – 49 mpgC – D
CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models165 g/kmC161 – 172 g/kmC – C
Hybrid models143 g/kmB132 – 152 g/kmA – B
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models50F50 – 50F – F
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£227B
Year 2£553B
Year 3£867B
Year 4£1,058B
Year 5£1,393B
Overall£4,098B

The Nissan X-Trail is a relatively affordable car to own and run, according to whole-life cost numbers provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our data partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

The fuel consumption of petrol models is a bit below market average, though considering the X-Trail’s size, this is to be expected. Instead, the brand’s e-Power hybrid variants are the more economical choice. The SUV’s service and maintenance cost are predicted to be on the cheaper side for the first five years of ownership, but the X-Trail’s insurance premiums are in the highest bracket.

Awards


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

2023

  • 4×4 Magazine Awards – 4×4 of the Year + Best Medium SUV
  • News UK Motoring Awards – Best Family Car

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The Nissan X-Trail is a capable and quiet off-roader, but it is not the most economical, exciting or spacious option on the SUV market.Nissan X-Trail