With 26 cm extra body front and a larger trunk Qashqai Nissan X-Trail can be for many a more versatile SUV Nissan's successful alternative. In fact we would not be wrong to regard it as a Nissan Qashqai + 2 occupying its place in the range and as it offers the possibility of having an interior 7 seater. Yes it should be noted that in case of opting for the two additional seats which are hidden under the trunk floor when not needed 100 liters are lost. With this the huge trunk of Nissan X-Trail conventional varies between 535 and 740 liters depending on how the sliding rear bench is positioned becomes more modest but not insignificant 435-640 liters. A Nissan Qashqai which has no sliding back row always cubes 455 liters. In short the Nissan X-Trail in any of its configurations provides space and modularity but keeps the other qualities of his younger brother?
Nissan X-Trail As we have said on other occasions the platform is the same used by the Nissan Qashqai so far engines 1.6 dCi 130 hp transmissions security systems and much of the equipment adopts directly him so he actually has little to do with the previous Nissan X-Trail. So much so that you feel their commanders aboard a Nissan Qashqai bigger not only by a similar feel but also because the interior is almost a replica of it and hardly any appreciable changes. The field of vision back however is somewhat lower and therefore the headrests and C pillars remain more visible. This deficiency is partially mitigated in the case of Tekna grade tested as is standard monitoring system for blind spot by radar although its indicator light located on the front pillar not shine with excessive intensity and can go unnoticed. Less room for improvement has notice of a frontal collision the operation did not raise us in no doubt alerting acoustically at the right time and with sufficient time to react but without the "excesses of security" for other manufacturers sometimes make you ignore and even disconnect the device. Other interesting elements are peripheral equipment cameras which make it easy parking smart key or automatic parking brake. And do not forget the power-operated tailgate also standard which besides being very fast can be opened and closed by pressing a button on the steering column.
In 2WD mode if we are too optimistic with the throttle the front end must deal with all the torque available and may be saturated forcing the electronic stability control to take measures so that the nose does not rescind. However selecting the mode Auto virtually eradicated at the root this understeer tendency and any pull in the direction and can accelerate unceremoniously in full support with full balance maintaining high neutrality.
The motor is excellent and no noticeable delay when the system sends power to the rear wheels but in return we must bear in mind that this transmission increases the weight to the 4x2 versions about 170 kg worsening the performance and not always providing greater speed cornering stability on dry asphalt or since except for better traction capability in slow corners other benefits typically associated with comprehensive transmissions are not as noticeable on the road. Indeed if we compare the unit under test with a 4x2 we have had occasion to drive a few days before the mechanical response of the 4x4 version loses vigor it is harder climb around and come to light a little weak low when circulated in gear and low speed city.
Undoubtedly one of the best qualities of the Nissan X-Trail is its ability to achieve very low consumption the result of the now famous efficiency of your engine Renault 1.6 dCi source combined in this case with a successful developments staggering. The 1st somewhat shorter supplies partly the absence of reducing this crossover allowing certain licenses to tackling obstacles unpaved runways. Below 50 km / h can be activated AWD Lock a sort of locking center differential which equals the power split between the front and rear axle position. However keep in mind this is not a hard-nosed SUV and has limitations off-road but as in this type of SUV the driver's skill can be decisive.
As a family SUV meets the expectations of being a very practical car although it does not offer as refined touch to be found in a minivan 7 seats or in a Qashqai despite sharing platform. The 3rd row seat is suitable only for children and along with the AWD system adds additional weight that harms the dynamism of the 4x2 versions of the model.
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