2022 Nissan X-Trail
|Price||$30,665 - $46,115|
|Fuel Efficiency||7.9 - 8.3 / 100km|
About the X-Trail
It's one of Australia's best-selling mid-sized SUVs, but the current X-Trail has been out for around eight years now and there are plenty of newer, fresher options.
Competent if unexciting dynamically
Offers a third row of seating
No longer available with a diesel
Too many fresher, more compelling rivals
Missing some features found in rivals
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- 2022 Nissan X-Trail ST 2WD 2.0L manual: $30,665
- 2022 Nissan X-Trail ST 2WD 2.5L: $32,665
- 2022 Nissan X-Trail ST+ 2WD 2.5L: $34,140
- 2022 Nissan X-Trail ST 2WD 2.5L seven-seat: $34,265
- 2022 Nissan X-Trail ST AWD 2.5L: $34,665
- 2022 Nissan X-Trail ST+ AWD 2.5L: $36,410
- 2022 Nissan X-Trail ST-L 2WD 2.5L: $38,675
- 2022 Nissan X-Trail ST-L 2WD 2.5L seven-seat: $40,275
- 2022 Nissan X-Trail ST-L AWD 2.5L: $40,675
- 2022 Nissan X-Trail Ti AWD 2.5L: $46,115
All prices exclude on-road costs.
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The X-Trail ST comes with the following standard features:
- 7.0-inch infotainment screen
- Wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- DAB+ digital radio
- Six-speaker audio system
- 17-inch alloy wheels
- Hill start assist
- Keyless start
- Cruise control
- Power-folding exterior mirrors
- Heated and cooled cup holders
- Reversing camera
- Automatic headlights
Moving to the X-Trail ST+ brings:
- Surround-view camera
- Front and rear parking sensors
- Satellite navigation
Moving up to the 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
- Roof rails
- Heated mirrors
- Fog lights
- Rear privacy glass
The range-topping 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
- Adaptive cruise control
- Option of tan leather upholstery
The X-Trail has a spacious, airy cabin with ample room across the first and second rows and an available third row for occasional use by small children.
The dashboard should be familiar to anyone who has ever sat in a mid-2010s Nissan, with a design similar to that of the Navara, Qashqai and defunct Altima which all debuted around the same time.
That means there are some dated touches, like a foot-operated parking brake when most rivals have switched to an electronic one, and some window switches that lack backlighting.
The rubberised tray at the bottom of the centre stack is too small to properly fit many new smartphones, too.
The blind-spot monitoring light is situated on the A-pillar trim, not on the exterior mirrors as on most rivals. It’s surprisingly dim and can be easy to miss.
Then there’s the infotainment screen. At 7.0 inches, it’s now one of the smallest in the class. We’ve been spoiled by ever larger screens and so the X-Trail’s screen feels fiddly, particularly when you’re using smartphone mirroring.
Nissan’s latest user interface features on the system and it’s fairly easy to navigate, if a bit cluttered looking. We don’t know how many people will want to customise their widgets, either, though the navigation system graphics are legible and quite colourful. It’s like route guidance by Scholastic.
There are some nice materials in the interior, while everything else seems hard-wearing. The flat-bottomed, leather-wrapped steering wheel looks and feels good.
The tops of the dash and front doors are finished in soft plastic with a leatherette insert ahead of the passenger, though the rest of the dash and doors consists largely of Navara-grade plastic.
You sit in big, cushy front seats that are comfortable and supportive over long distances. In the Ti, Nissan also adds some leatherette padding to the sides of the centre console which both breaks up the black plastic and makes the console comfortable to rest your leg against.
The Ti can also be had with an attractive tan leather interior, a welcome pop of colour in a segment dominated by black interiors.
We appreciate the large, leatherette-covered centre console bin and the logical control layout, including an easy to access day/night mode button for the instrument cluster. The cluster itself is also clean and simple, with a neatly-presented and well-sized centre information screen.
Nissan says headroom with panoramic sunroof is up to 1004mm/930mm, compared to 1057mm/978mm in models without one.
There are fewer amenities in the rear of the X-Trail than many rivals. There are rear air vents, and map pockets, as well as bottle holders in each door large enough for a 1L bottle and a couple of cupholders in the fold-down centre armrest.
While there are two USB outlets up front, there are none in the rear of the cabin. There’s also no 12V outlet back here. Despite the presence of heated rear seats in the Ti, there are also no rear controls for these. Instead, these can only be controlled via a switch in the front.
The ST and ST+ ride on 17-inch alloy wheels, with the ST-L upgrading to 18s and the Ti using 19s.
Only the ST-L and Ti come with front fog lights, while the Ti is the only member of the X-Trail family with LED headlights.
The X-Trail is available in the following colours:
- Brilliant Silver metallic
- Diamond Black
- Gun Metallic
- Ivory Pearl
- Marine Blue metallic
- Ruby Red metallic
- Copper Blaze metallic
All bar Ruby Red cost an extra $595.
All models have a black interior, though a tan leather interior is a no-cost option on the Ti with certain colours.
Cost of Ownership
The Nissan X-Trail is very well priced for servicing requirements. The first five services for variants powered by the 2.0-litre engine are capped at:
- 12 months: $238,
- 24 months: $371,
- 36 months: $248,
- 48 months: $507
- 60 months: $258
While those picking the 2.5-litre motor will pay a little more with prices coming in at:
- 12 months: $245,
- 24 months: $379,
- 36 months: $255,
- 48 months: $498
- 60 months: $265
The difference over 5 years for servicing between the two is only $38
The most fuel efficient variant is the 2.5-litre automatic in the ST+ front-wheel drive in the five seat configuration at 7.9L/100km while the 4x4 variants bring that up to 8.3L/100km. The base spec ST with the 2L engine uses 8.2 litres/100km
How it Drives
The Nissan X-Trail is like an old shoe. It’s utterly familiar and mostly comfortable, though this old shoe has thinner soles than some.
Ride quality with the larger 18- and 19-inch alloy wheels is so-so. While it’s rarely crashy, it’s busy even on smooth stretches of tarmac and manages to find imperfections in the road you didn’t even realise were there.
That firm ride doesn’t correspond with sporty handling, with the X-Trail having a fair amount of body roll in corners. Handling always feels safe and predictable, however.
The suspension is soft around town without feeling floaty or loose, and the X-Trail feels planted on the highway – even when it’s being battered by crosswinds.
Switching to all-wheel drive Auto mode in AWD models helps get the X-Trail’s modest outputs to the ground more effectively in wet or snowy conditions by splitting torque by up to 50:50 between the front and rear wheels.
The firm ride detracts from an otherwise comfortable driving experience. The big, cushy front seats prove supportive over long distances and the available leather-wrapped steering wheel feels good in your hands.
The steering itself has good weighting – it’s heavier than the related Renault Koleos but it’s still nice and light for inner-city manoeuvring.
The brakes don’t really feel up to the task of stopping this 1562kg (tare) vehicle, with a spongy brake pedal and stopping distances that feel too long.
A CVT is a perfectly acceptable transmission choice for a vehicle like this and it works to keep the car within its peak torque and power band (4400rpm and 6000rpm, respectively). It helps make the 2.5-litre X-Trail feel relatively peppy off the line, though the Nissan feels taxed by steeper hills even with only one occupant aboard.
Lean too hard on the accelerator and the CVT slingshots into the middle of the rev range, backed by a coarse soundtrack. It gets the job done, but in the least inspiring way possible.
Although it isn’t particularly keen to get there quickly, the engine fades into the background at a cruise. In fact the cabin is relatively quiet on the highway, although less tyre roar on rural roads would be nice.
There’s a manual mode you can use by pushing and pulling the shifter. It does a vague approximation of a regular automatic but we don’t know why you’d bother, except on steeper grades.
The 2.0-litre’s outputs are even more modest, though it’s available exclusively with a six-speed manual which helps you to get the most out of it.
The Intelligent Lane Intervention, as Nissan calls it, isn’t like the lane-keeping assist systems you’ll find in newer rivals. There’s no steering assistance and it only works above 70km/h.
It works by applying brakes to the left or right wheels individually when you’re veering out of a lane, but in practice it’s virtually useless.
It’s a shame, too, that the surround-view camera is so shoddy, because the X-Trail is otherwise very easy to park.
One feature that does work consistently well is the Ti’s adaptive LED lighting up front, a rarity in this segment. The beam of the headlight moves with the steering wheel, helping illuminate around corners.
The 2022 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 adds:
- Driver attention monitoring
- Blind-spot monitoring
- Rear cross-traffic alert
The range-topping Ti in alone is offering:
- Autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection
- Lane-keep assist
The current X-Trail was introduced in Australia in 2014 and has been updated intermittently since then, including a facelift in 2017. It gained smartphone mirroring as part of a modest update for 2021.
The 2022 Nissan X-Trail is backed by a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty.
Servicing is required every 12 months or 10,000km.
The first five services are capped at $238, $371, $248, $507 and $258 with the base 2.0-litre engine, and $245, $379, $255, $498 and $265 with the 2.5-litre.
X-Trail Stock Availability
“Depending on the model, Nissan dealers around Australia have reasonable stock levels of X-Trail and we’re working with global supply to continue to secure production in the coming months,” said a spokesperson for Nissan Australia.
The current X-Trail is still in production, and there will continue to be stock entering the country ahead of the new model's launch late in 2022.
Nissan says customers shouldn’t experience significant waiting times, though customers really keen on a particular colour option or variant not currently in stock will naturally have to wait longer than those happy to buy from whatever’s available.
X-Trail Boot Space
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 folded.
All models feature a space-saver spare.
X-Trail Fuel Economy
The 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.
All models run on 91RON regular unleaded fuel.
Depending on the variant, view the 2022 NISSAN X-TRAIL fuel usage below.
All Highway, City, and Combined figures below are litres per 100km
|ST (2WD)||T32 MY22||4D WAGON||UNLEADED PETROL||-||-||8.2||-|
|ST (2WD)||T32 MY22||4D WAGON||UNLEADED PETROL||-||-||7.9||-|
|ST+ (2WD)||T32 MY22||4D WAGON||UNLEADED PETROL||-||-||7.9||-|
|ST 7 SEAT (2WD)||T32 MY22||4D WAGON||UNLEADED PETROL||-||-||8.1||-|
|ST+ (4WD)||T32 MY22||4D WAGON||UNLEADED PETROL||-||-||8.3||-|
|ST (4WD)||T32 MY22||4D WAGON||UNLEADED PETROL||-||-||8.3||-|
|ST-L (2WD)||T32 MY22||4D WAGON||UNLEADED PETROL||-||-||7.9||-|
|ST-L 7 SEAT (2WD)||T32 MY22||4D WAGON||UNLEADED PETROL||-||-||8.1||-|
|ST-L (4WD)||T32 MY22||4D WAGON||UNLEADED PETROL||-||-||8.3||-|
|Ti (4WD)||T32 MY22||4D WAGON||UNLEADED PETROL||-||-||8.3||-|
|Ti (4WD) TAN LEATHER||T32 MY22||4D WAGON||UNLEADED PETROL||-||-||8.3||-|
The 2022 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 1562kg for the range-topping Ti.
The 2022 NISSAN X-TRAIL measures 4690mm long, 1820mm wide and 1740mm tall, with a 2705mm tall wheelbase.
The 2022 NISSAN X-TRAIL has a braked towing capacity of 1500kg and an unbraked towing capacity of 750kg.
X-Trail Market Fit
The Nissan X-Trail is one of the few vehicles in the mid-sized SUV segment to offer an available third row of seating, along with the Mitsubishi Outlander and Honda CR-V.
X-Trail Sales Data
The Nissan X-Trail was the fifth best-selling vehicle in its segment in 2021 with 13,860 sales, behind only the Toyota RAV4, Mazda CX-5, Mitsubishi Outlander and Hyundai Tucson.
Should you buy the X-Trail
The X-Trail isn't bad, but it's hard to recommend over the redesigned Mitsubishi Outlander which is effectively a newer version of it.
It doesn't have the best ride quality in the class, nor is it exceptionally dynamic. Features standard in entry-level rivals are restricted to up-spec X-Trail variants, while even the flagship Ti is missing some items you'll find in rivals. And though it's always been one of the more spacious vehicles in this segment, some newer models like the redesigned Hyundai Tucson can match it in this department.
With a redesigned model coming so soon (if still regrettably late), the X-Trail is worth your consideration only if you can get a good deal, or if you simply must have a new SUV today and every other brand is quoting lengthy waits.
The Nissan X-Trail shares its platform with the Renault Koleos, with a newer version of its underpinnings employed by the Mitsubishi Outlander. Consequently, these are direct rivals for the Nissan.
The Koleos is slightly newer than the X-Trail, with a more stylish interior, but there's no option of a third row. The Outlander, in contrast, was introduced in 2021 and offers the option of a third row, plus a longer list of standard safety equipment and fresher styling inside and out.
Other rivals for the X-Trail include the stalwart Toyota RAV4, Mazda CX-5, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage and Honda CR-V.
The CR-V is one of the few X-Trail rivals with an available third row, and also packs a punchy turbocharged four-cylinder engine; it also uses a CVT, like the X-Trail.
The CX-5, Tucson and Sportage all offer turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, while the RAV4 offers a hybrid. All are newer and fresher than the X-Trail, with the oldest – the CX-5 – having been launched in 2017.
Nissan X-Trail Interesting Facts
The next-generation X-Trail was first introduced as the Rogue in North America in late 2020. By the time it gets here, we'll have been waiting almost exactly two years.