Nissan X-Trail

10 Feb 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Nissan X-Trail

One of (many) things that can happen a Car of the Year judging process is the way just occasionally, a car that on first impression scream me! can emerge from the pack and the money.

So it was with the Nissan in the Best 4WD under $40,000 in Drive Car Of The Year 2007.

Our finalists at DCOTY were the champ, Toyota’s RAV4, new CRV and the X-Trail. This contest is now an one because compact four-wheel-drives become one of the largest single-market There are 20 contenders in the class.

At the time of writing, sales on track to hit 90,000 in 2007, compact 4WDs in a close with medium cars for fourth place in the charts.

On the day of judging, to be honest, the X-Trail like it was there to make up the Nissan has made the new model just like the old model, the outside at least. But when we got to dissecting and driving the Nissan, it became clear that we to take it seriously.

Three are available. The base ST costs the ST-L is $35,990 and the Ti is $38,990. All use the 2.5-litre, four-cylinder engine, over from the previous

Peak power is 125kW at rpm; peak torque is at 4400rpm. A six-speed manual is standard.

We chose an ST for DCOTY judging, the optional ($2000) continuously automatic transmission.

The first big on the Nissan’s scorecard was easily It’s the first volume in this class to offer side and curtain airbags, stability control, as standard. In a kid that’s now the baseline safety

Cruise control, air-conditioning, steel wheels (with a spare), a single CD player, computer and roof rails are included on the ST.

The ST-L adds alloys, automatic air, wheel and an in-dash six-stack CD with MP3 compatibility (but no player plug-in.) The Ti also a sunroof, heated, power-adjustable front seats and rear sensors.

Like most engines in class, the 2.5 isn’t the torquiest in the world but the optional CVT automatic every bit of useful performance.

The CVT the X-Trail a considerable performance and advantage in this class, four-cylinder engines are asked to with relatively heavy a combination that doesn’t suit conventional autos. no hunting, shift shock, or off the engine’s peak operating for example.

The Nissan easily won the acceleration contest against the and CRV. Another X-Trail is that it has more off-bitumen than its rivals. The X-Trail a genuine recreational wagon you can have heaps of fun with it in pretty remote places.

Hill-descent control and hill-start – which holds the car for a when you move from the to the accelerator – are also

Nissan X-Trail

The X-Trail is too softly sprung and damped to have any sporty However, in day-to-day driving fine. At highway speeds, and on corrugated dirt tracks, the is well controlled and provides confident roadholding. Ride is luxurious.

Braking performance is but front-end dive under braking is excessive.

Nissan has up the X-Trail’s interior styling, on the original was chaotic and tacky. finish and materials quality also been improved.

The have been moved the centre of the dash to the conventional The trip computer/fuel and temperature are displayed on a little round between the main dials. often impossible to read of reflected glare.

There’s no reach adjustment for the and a tall driver will use all the travel.

The X-Trail has plenty of storage near the driver a covered dash-top bin, console bin and glovebox, plus six – four of which can be or cooled.

The back seat has leg room than rivals as Honda’s CRV but most adults can fit The high seating position and low make it a pleasant place for to travel.

The X-Trail’s cargo accessed via a roof-hinged tailgate, is a big – wider than thanks to the new rear suspension and a exhaust – lined in plastic. Under this floor is a slide-out drawer, movable partition pieces, and an storage compartment. The entire is hinged in the middle and can also be out altogether for a deeper load

In the Best 4WD under $40,000 for DCOTY 2007, the X-Trail did it winning by seven votes to that being for Honda’s

The judging notes tell the A genuine recreational wagon also works as family Wins on price, safety, comfort, refinement and day to day practicality.

really. It just took us a few to work this out.

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