Road test: 2006 Nissan X-Trail SE AWD | Driving

15 Apr 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Road test: 2006 Nissan X-Trail SE AWD | Driving

This model a decent audio package, heated cloth seats, a cover and Nissan#8217;s #8220;Pana#8221; This thing is about times the size of a normal and, with the sunshade the cabin takes on a light, feel. The test vehicle came with some optional equipment that#8217;s new year #8212; a full system with a seven-inch screen ($2,500) and the adventure ($1,200).

The latter adds #8220;hyper#8221; rails (which have overhead driving lights), alloy wheels and P215/60R17

You#8217;ll also find the power items, steering cruise controls and plenty of space including two glove ahead of the passenger, another bin of the driver, pockets galore and a box in the centre console that is heated and cooled (it taps the HVAC system to blow air into the box). The front cup are also heated and cooled and a spot to store a bottle

The X-Trail#8217;s low ride height easy access to the cabin#8217;s but unconventional layout. As the entire panel is symmetrical about its everything of consequence is housed in the dominant centre stack the instrumentation (which is clean and a tachometer and an outside temperature sits at the top followed by the navigation radio (which only has a CD because of the navi screen) and controls in descending order.

The ensures everything is easy to The notable exception is the power control switch. It sits so low on the left lower dash) and far the driver that it is not possible to the mirrors while sitting in the driving position.

In the rear, the is rather bench-like but comfortable. this is a large cargo that delivers 29.2 feet with the 60/40-split/folding up and 72.8 cu. ft. when folded It also has some appreciated #8212; reclining backrests, a ski hidden behind the centre a cargo net and cargo floor can be removed and hosed off when

The missing element is a rear that opens independently of the although it does feature a washer and wiper.

The same four-cylinder engine (complete variable valve timing) does duty in the Altima the X-Trail. As such, it pumps out 165 and 170 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 While the initial launch is a soft (which explains the time of 10.2 seconds), it up nicely as soon as the variable timing starts to do its thing.

This brings a decent (80-120 km/h in eight and a commendably quiet work The tester also came with the $1,000 four-speed transmission (a five-speed manual is Its crisp shifts and willing ensure overall performance is up to standards.

The X-Trail#8217;s all-wheel-drive is advanced for this segment, as it is proactive than the straight first/grip later systems tend to be the norm. When the mode is selected (the also offers front-wheel-drive and modes), all of the power is fed to the road the front wheels. Should slip (or the system detects the of slippage because of rapid input), it begins to shuttle up to 50% of the rearward.

In operation, the system is and remarkably refined to the feel there is little drivetrain during a full-lock parking

When it comes to ride and the X-Trail is surprisingly well as the suspension (complete with bars back and front) is enough to deal with roads yet firm enough to body roll. Indeed, I just two minor quibbles the steering is a little vague and there is a hint of trailing oversteer.

When the gas is lifted into a corner, the nose to tuck in and so the back end feels a light until the suspension down. The instant this the X-Trail rides out a fast with little drama.

the X-Trail is boxier than of its competition, it has some very aspects #8212; ample that#8217;s helped enormously by the performance, a better than all-wheel-drive system, decent manners and a versatile and comfortable If you can get by the pricing, it is worth a test


Nissan X-Trail

TYPE OF VEHICLE sport-utility vehicle

ENGINE DOHC four-cylinder

POWER 165 hp @ rpm, 170 lb-ft of torque @ rpm

TRANSMISSION Four-speed automatic

Four-wheel disc with ABS


PRICE: BASE/AS $26,248/$34,973

EQUIPMENT AS TESTED Air cruise control, power Pana sunroof, six-way adjustment driver#8217;s seat adjustable lumbar, heated seats, single-disc in-dash CD keyless entry/anti-theft and immobilizer, brakes with brake and EBD, full-sized spare Adventure package ($1,200), package ($2,500)

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