Test Nissan X-Trail 1.6 dCi 4×4: driving and dynamics (II)

Nissan a long time ago that you do not have a vehicle large in our country, the X-Trail is the closest thing to that concept. On the other hand, has replaced the SUV medium X-Trail the previous generation, and also occupies partially the gap left by the Qashqai+2. Has a above model, the Murano, which is much more expensive.

The bad thing of a car that covers so many holes is that it does not stand out especially in front of them. Compared to a saloon, the X-Trail is more awkward and spends more. If we compare it with the previous X-Trail, is a little less versatile. And in front of the Qashqai+2, missing versions with engines less powerful to be more affordable.

the main rival of The X-Trail is in house and is called the Qashqai. If you do not need a boot a little bigger, or the third row of seats, it may be preferable to the Qashqai because it has a better feel of driving, consumes less fuel and has better benefits. This model weighs about 60-80 kg more than the Qashqai, and as is higher body-and going higher – it is impossible to do better.


The driving position is comfortable, with a natural position somewhat higher. The manual gearbox is a delight in the pleasure of use

Circulating in quiet and legal, there are no large differences between the X-Trail and the Qashqai, as we were able to check in an international presentation in which we test both models on the same day. On the highway, or without requiring anything, the X-Trail is a comfortable car, little noisy, calm and confidence to the driver and passengers.

The Stop&Start works very little, just saves diesel

The situation changes when driving in road curves, where the X-Trail is less nimble than the Qashqai, and significantly less agile than a saloon car segment D. I do Not consider that the total traction is a decisive help in this regard, although the precise note when it rains intensely. It is possible to assess the price premium of the total traction to an area with a climate complicated.

instead, to go by road essentially dry, and without the intention of leaving the road never, it makes more sense to the fwd version. In addition, the X-Trail 4×2 can be petrol manual, diesel manual and diesel automatic; all-wheel drive can only be diesel and manual, as the version tested. The driver can choose to ride in mode 4×2 if you want.


The on-board computer has many screens of information. One of them informs us of when it is actually running the rear axle, because even in 4×4 mode it behaves like a front-wheel-drive most of the time

Using the indicators of the dashboard you can know how much it really works the all-wheel drive. Below 80 km/h, although not to skid the front axle, the force is distributed to the rear axle to make acceleration smoother, does not reach the 10% of par. As it is a system of multiembragues electronically controlled, the impact on consumption is minimal for a circular-mode 4×4. If you consume more, it is by the weight difference of the parts needed for that purpose.

At the level of electronics, the X-Trail has what the manufacturer calls Control of Active Chassis. It consists of a helps to reduce the pitching of the body to the pass of elevation changes, and a selective intervention of the brakes to reduce understeer in cornering; in both cases it is done with brakes. The X-Trail has a tendency to understeer and no incentive to the driver to go faster than normal, it warns you with time for it to relax. It takes hard work to descolocarlo of the rear axle with a driving civilized.

unlike the Qashqai, you can not choose the setting “sport” of the power steering. Considering the type of customer the X-Trail, which is usually more than 40 years, and drivers bit demanding, the car is made-to-measure. Those who look for sportiness, feelings or cornering fast is the wrong car. The version petrol 163 HP has more agility, getting ahead or gaining speed in the embodiments, but is not intended to use demanding.


The consumption declared in the test is 6.3 l/100 km, is a measurement fairly accurate with respect to the actual consumption. The average speed was 63 km/h

during the test, the diesel engine exceeded slightly the 6 l/100 km of consumption and without looking for a very low figure, but it is possible to do 900 miles to the reserve (60 litres) if you do not exceed the legal limits. According to the computer, the partial lower obtained is 4.5 l/100 km, and under favorable conditions of slope (descent of 120 feet in 50 miles and not exceeding 100 km/h). The cost is very reasonable, although it is not bright.

Begins to “swallow” much above 120 km/h

The petrol 163 BHP, on mountain roads, but without asking for dynamic stresses, only spent 1 l/100 km, so the difference to equality of use should not exceed 2 l/100 km For a mileage pulling low the engine DIG-T appears to be the best option, by the difference of price, more power, and a maintenance more economic.

in Addition, the diesel is successful in a lower strip of revolutions, because it pushes decision about 1,800 RPM, and before you get to 4,000 RPM already calls for another gear. The acceleration is not going to be perceived as intense in no time, but for circular with or without charge, for Spain, and with the speed limits existing, you do not need more than 130 HP. For being a 1.6 is not noticed tight, to the end of the day generates 320 Nm, as the 2.0 dCi pre-build. Rides like a compact 90-100 HP.


The Goodyear EfficientGrip SUV are designed for use on the road with a low impact on consumption. The LED headlights give an excellent night vision, and automatically switches the light on crossing road and if we want to

steering Wheel, shift and pedals are not going, nothing hard, and I have to stress a virtue out of the box manual. Each time you make a gear change, if you are not actuating the lever too fast, the engine it charts the revolutions to achieve the changes much smoother. The effect is similar to the technique of double-clutch (not to be confused with box double clutch) but without increasing the noise. In terms of comfort is very noticeable, and the drivers less days thank you.

The power steering is not all information that should, and brake is going a little fair for what it weighs. Unless the driver is abusing the brakes on a descent, or go very fast, you should not notice fatigue, but the expectation of life of the pills I don’t think that is too high. When I needed to slow down, the car responded perfectly, but without looking for the fatigue. The X-Trail invites you to a relaxed driving.

finally, their benefits todocamino are modest in terms of angles and paths of the suspension. You can force a cast of 50:50 to 40 km/h (so “Lock”). Trying to drive on a dirt track, and disconnecting the traction control, the X-Trail is very docile and predictable. In addition, the four cameras can give a peripheral view of the car, being very easy to avoid obstacles of any kind.


Detail of the roulette selector system 4x4i, with positions in 4×2, 4×4 Auto and 4×4 “Lock” (simulates a center differential)