Those who thought Nissan’s long-standing popular sports utility vehicle would trail away
into oblivion were mistaken. The mid-size X-Trail came to Australia more than two
decades ago with little fanfare but won the hearts and wallets of those searching for soft-
road versatility.

Now, Nissan has announced a new fourth generation X-Trail for Down Under in the
second half of 2022. In the meantime, to celebrate 20 years here, the Japanese company
has refreshed the MY22 model range with the addition of a new ST+ variant.

Available in two- or four-wheel drive, the ST+ slots in between the T and ST-L grades and
offers around-view monitor with moving object detection, front and rear parking sensors,
and satellite navigation above the ST.

On test was the two-wheel drive variant selling for $34,140, plus on road costs. All-wheel
drive adds $2000 to the price. There are seven-seat X-Trails but the ST+ makes do with

Little is added over the styling of the 2017 updated X-Trail. The ST+ sports daytime
running lights, body-coloured power folding / adjusting mirrors with integrated indicator and
rear roof spoiler.

Rolling on 17-inch alloy wheels, the ST+ could might well be any of the popular rivals in
this range.

Flexibility is the catchword in seating, with a second-row 40 / 20 / 40 split fold, sliding /
reclining bench and creative cargo area.

Apart from the addition of satellite navigation, carried over are Apple CarPlay and Android
Auto integration, digital radio, Bluetooth and NissanConnect with voice recognition and

Things get under way with intelligent key and push-button engine start and stop.

The Nissan X-Trail comes with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine in manual ST grades,
and with an up-specced 2.5-litre unit in other variants. The 2-litre develops 106 kW of
power and 200 Nm of torque; the 2.5-litre motor 126 kW and 233 Nm.

All the latter, in two or four-wheel drive, are mated with Nissan’s Xtronic constantly variable
transmission with manual mode.

The new X-Trail ST+ is sold on the addition of an all-round-view monitor with moving
object detection, plus front and rear parking sensors.

Carried over from the ST are six airbags cruise control, anti-skid braking, electronic
brakeforce distribution and brake assist, forward autonomous emergency braking, forward
collision warning, vehicle dynamic control and hill start assist.

Unlike with some rivals, lane departure warning, lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring or
rear cross-traffic alert are absent until a shift up range. And there’s no adaptive cruise

The 2.5-litre engine is offered across the range and performs efficiently without stressing
the CVT (or driver).
Ride and handling are mid spectrum for this kind of car. There’s no ignoring body roll on
some tight turns.

Wind and road noise are par for this class of car.

Nissan claims the two-wheel drive ST consumes 7.9 litres of 91 RON regular unleaded
petrol per 100 kilometres on the combined urban / highway cycle. The ST+ on test clocked
11.1 litres per 100 in the city and 5.2 litres per 100 kilometres on a motorway run, which is
roughly in line with the maker’s combined claim. The X-Trail carries a 60-litre tank.

The boot is impressive, with room for 565 litres with the second-row seat-backs up. Fold
these and the volume expands to 945 litres. A variable height floor creates a compartment
with dual capacity. A space saver spare is situated under the floor.

The cabin is far-from cramped, even with tall occupants in both rows. Headroom is made
to match. Rear air vents are a boon on hot summer days and map pockets can be found in
front seat backs, while the centre arm rest folds down to expose cup holders.

While instruments and controls are where they are to be expected, they do hark back to
earlier days, especially with the X-Trail’s 7-inch touchscreen. The archaic foot-operated
parking brake has seen better days and the lack of auto air-con and windscreen wipers
also stands out.

The X-Trail comes up against the likes of the well-respected Toyota RAV4 and the
Mitsubishi Outlander and is only months away from being made redundant by the next
generation Nissan. On the other hand, there could be some attractive deals in the offing
on soon-to-become superseded models.

Looks: 7/10
Performance: 5/10
Safety: 6/10
Thirst: 7/10
Practicality: 7/10
Comfort: 6/10
Tech: 5/10
Value: 6/10


X-Trail ST 2-litre petrol manual: $30,665
X-Trail ST 2.5-litre auto: $32,665
X-Trail ST (7 seats): $34,265
X-Trail ST 4WD: $34,665
X-Trail ST+: $34,140
X-Trail ST+: 4WD $36,140
X-Trail ST-L: $38,675
X-Trail ST-L (7 seats): $40,275
X-Trail ST-L 4WD: $40,675
X-Trail Ti 4WD: $46,115
X-Trail Ti (tan leather) 4WD: $46,115
Note: These prices do not include government or dealer delivery charges. Contact your
local Nissan dealer for drive-away prices.

SPECIFICATIONS (Nissan X-Trail ST+ 2.5L 4-cylinder petrol, 8sp automatic, FWD)

Capacity: 2.498 litres
Configuration: Four cylinders in line
Maximum Power: 126 kW
Maximum Torque: 226 Nm
Fuel Type: Petrol 91 RON
Combined Fuel Cycle (ADR 81/02): 7.9 L/100km

DRIVELINE: CVT automatic, front-wheel drive

Length: 4690 mm
Wheelbase: 2705 mm
Width: 1820 mm
Height: 1740 mm
Turning Circle: 11.3 metres
Kerb Mass: 1458 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity: 60 litres

Front: Ventilated disc
Rear: Ventilated disc

Five years / unlimited kilometres


About Derek Ogden

On graduating with an honours degree in applied science in London, Derek Ogden worked for the BBC in local radio and several British newspapers as a production journalist and writer. Derek moved to Australia in 1975 and worked as a sub-editor with The Courier Mail and Sunday Mail in Brisbane, moving to the Gold Coast Bulletin in 1980 where he continued as a production journalist. He was the paper's motoring editor for more than 20 years, taking the weekly section from a few pages at the back of the book to a full-colour liftout of up to 36 pages. He left the publication in 2009.
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