Nissan is giving its ageing rival to the Toyota RAV4 one last spruce up before it’s sent to the carpark in the sky.

    A new 7.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto headlines the changes to the 2021 Nissan X-Trail, which is a stopgap for Nissan Australia while it waits for the all-new 2022 model to arrive early next year.

    Along with the updated interior technology, the X-Trail ST-L and above now feature a driver attention monitor, and digital radio has been added to the entry-level X-Trail ST with the update.

    The ST-L also rides on new 18-inch alloy wheels for 2021.

    Nothing has changed under the bonnet, where Nissan offers a choice of two naturally-aspirated petrol engines and a turbo-diesel option.

    The only transmission option remains a CVT, and buyers can choose between front- and all-wheel drive.


    UPDATE, 26/02/2021: Nissan Australia has issued an updated price list for the 2021 X-Trail. The pricing listed below is the correct and current pricing.

    • 2021 Nissan X-Trail ST 2WD 2.0L manual: $30,665
    • 2021 Nissan X-Trail ST 2WD 2.5L: $32,665
    • 2021 Nissan X-Trail ST 2WD 2.5L seven-seat: $34,265
    • 2021 Nissan X-Trail ST AWD 2.5L: $34,665
    • 2021 Nissan X-Trail TS AWD 2.0L diesel: $37,465
    • 2021 Nissan X-Trail ST-L 2WD 2.5L: $38,525
    • 2021 Nissan X-Trail ST-L 2WD 2.5L seven-seat: $40,125
    • 2021 Nissan X-Trail ST-L AWD 2.5L: $40,525
    • 2021 Nissan X-Trail Ti AWD 2.5L: $45,965

    All prices exclude on-road costs.


    The 2021 Nissan X-Trail is available with two petrol engines.

    The base ST manual has a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol with 106kW of power and 200Nm of torque. 

    Other petrol models have a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine making 126kW and 226Nm, mated with a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

    The TS is fitted with a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine offering 130kW and 380Nm.

    Fuel Economy

    The 2021 front-wheel drive Nissan X-Trail manual uses 8.2L/100km on the combined cycle.

    The 2.5-litre front-wheel drive variant, equipped with a CVT as standard, uses 7.9L/100km for the five-seat model and 8.1L/100km for the seven-seater.

    The all-wheel wheel drive 2.5-litre drinks at 8.3L/100km.

    The most economical model in the X-Trail range is the 2.0-litre turbo-diesel, which requires 6.0L/100km.


    The 2021 Nissan X-Trail measures 4690mm long, 1740mm tall and 1820mm wide, with a 2705mm wheelbase. 

    The X-Trail weighs 1425kg for the base 2.0-litre and tops out at 1664kg for the range-topping turbo-diesel.

    The five-seat Nissan X-Trail has a luggage capacity of 565L with the rear seats up, and 945L when they’re folded down.

    For the seven-seat variant, the luggage capacity of the boot is just 135L with all three rows in place.

    This rises to 445L when the third row is folded, and 825L with both rows flattened.


    The 2021 Nissan X-Trail has a five-star ANCAP rating based on testing carried out in 2017.

    It scored 14.68 out of 16 in the frontal offset test, 16 out of 16 in the side impact test, two out of two in the pole test, and offers acceptable pedestrian protection and good whiplash protection.

    Standard safety equipment on the base X-Trail includes:

    • Autonomous emergency braking
    • Forward collision warning

    The ST-L and other high-grade models add:

    • Driver attention monitoring
    • Blind-spot monitoring
    • Rear cross-traffic alert
    • Surround-view camera

    Servicing and Warranty

    The 2021 Nissan X-Trail is backed by a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty.

    Maintenance is required every 12 months or 10,000km.

    Capped-price service prices are as follows:

    12 month24 month36 month48 month60 month72 month
    2.0L $237$370$247$505$257$401
    2.0L diesel$367$408$486$488$397$687

    Standard Equipment

    The 2020 Nissan X-Trail ST and TS come with the following standard features:

    • 7.0-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
    • DAB+ digital radio
    • Six-speaker audio system
    • Bluetooth
    • 17-inch alloy wheels
    • Hill start assist
    • Push-button start
    • Cruise control
    • Electric mirrors with power folding
    • Air conditioning
    • Autonomous emergency braking
    • Heated and cooled cup holders
    • Reversing camera
    • Dusk-sensing headlights

    Moving up to the Nissan X-Trail ST-L brings:

    • 18-inch alloy wheels
    • Leatherette steering wheel
    • Leatherette seat trim
    • Power driver’s seat with lumbar support
    • Power passenger seat
    • Heated front seats
    • Dual-zone climate control
    • Satellite navigation
    • Roof rails
    • Heated mirrors
    • Fog lights
    • Rear privacy glass

    The range-topping Nissan X-Trail Ti also features:

    • 19-inch alloy wheels
    • All-wheel drive with hill descent control
    • Automatic high beam
    • Self-dimming rear view mirror
    • Adaptive LED headlights
    • Rain-sensing wipers
    • Heated steering wheel
    • Heated rear seats
    • Powered tailgate with motion detection
    • Eight-speaker Bose sound system
    • Tilt-and-slide panoramic sunroof
    • Autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection
    • Lane keeping assist
    • Adaptive cruise control

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    Scott Collie

    Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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