2019 Nissan X-Trail Tekna dCi 177 AWD Auto Review & Changes – Whenever we drove the prior range-topping Nissan X-Trail in dCi Tekna guise, we determined that ‘the real driving expertise has brought the back seat, and the X-Trail is a nicely-created family car, or else really as sensible a different to an MPV.’ What it really lacked was power and torque. Considering that it was actually roomy ample to support seven folks, you would believe Nissan will have noticed fit to install one thing larger than a 1.6-litre diesel. Nevertheless, that is been placed at the moment – with the inclusion of Nissan’s 2.0-litre dCi engine, rated at 175bhp, and available in manual (front-wheel drive only) or automatic (all- and front-wheel drive). So, can Nissan’s uprated X-Trail confirm alone a better option than a Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sorento, Skoda Kodiaq, or the more costly Land Rover Discovery Sport? To locate out, we are testing the £35,025 all-wheel-drive version in high-end Tekna trim.
In the case of the X-Trail, sure and no. The further power and torque are obvious, but the engine’s really loud at nonproductive and the CVT usually spends a good deal of time seeking involving simulated fixed proportions. Which is a humiliation, simply because even though the quality of the performance is in question for your hard earned dollars, there is no doubt the volume – the X-Trail can run from -60mph in 9.7sec, which is much more appropriate than well before. Most importantly, there is the adequate impact in the mid-range for these all-significant overtakes. On the motorway, it goes less breathlessly than prior to, and thanks to smart gearing, it is converting over at lower than 2000rpm at the UK reduce. In Germany, in which we, in the beginning, analyzed it, the X-Trail will – in which legal – gladly cruise at 100mph.
We performed some light off-roading in a quarry, and there is tiny uncertainty it will do all that is requested of it by most proprietors. Driver helps, this kind of as the 360-education camera view may help in a limited area, as will the selectable all-wheel-drive methods. Most of the time, you are very best offered to make it in ‘auto’. It is an embarrassment it does not possess kind of hill descent control, even though – and it is a much even bigger disgrace that the towing capacity for the auto version is limited to an unsatisfactory 1600kg. The manual version, for comparison, is rated at 2000kg. In spite of its age group, the X-Trail is nonetheless an extremely pleasurable car to drive. The Active Ride Control system will allow it to handle big undulations easily and in a controlled trend, for newbies. That, allied with the pliant damping and long-travel suspension, imply it is really comfortable on normal UK roads. The steering is also properly weighted and appropriately receptive. It is a comparable narrative on the managing front – the X-Trail features Nissan’s Active Find Control, which utilizes the brakes to rein in understeer. It functions, way too. There is also luggage of traction, and the car does not get scruffy when you pick up the pace.
The interior is unaffected from just before. You will attempt to explain it as efficient, and in reality, it all does work properly and the construction quality is on the correct side of satisfactory. There are some affordable plastic materials inside – if you go looking for them – and it lags right behind competitor products on the quality front, particularly those from the Volkswagen dependable. There is no doubt that the X-Trail’s attractiveness is increased by this a lot more powerful engine. About time as well, we say. It is an intriguing car that pushes a lot better than you may believe, and it is incredibly comfortable for households – even on difficult roads. We like the spacious and adjustable interior. But regardless of whether it is a big sufficient advancement to promote consumers to the appearance at the X-Trail with refreshing eyes is debatable. It does not have the interior quality of its youthful competition, and almost certainly does not have adequate ‘wow’ component to entice the ‘premium downsizers’ that Nissan enjoys to discuss. As a possibility for current buyers, it is a plausible adequate selection, but it is normally challenging to suggest.