2011 nissan x trail review




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  • Peter Barnwell road tests and reviews the Nissan X-Trail ST-L 2WD and asks the big questions.

    By Andy Enright. Introduction. Strange, isn't it, how our perceptions of vehicles change? Take a product like the Nissan's X-TRAIL. When this.

    FACT! Nissan is the third in the Japanese automakers' rating (after Toyota and Honda) and the 8th in the world rating. The most popular car is Nissan Qashqai. The name "Qashqai" is taken from the name of the tribe living in Iran.

    And with good reason – the Nissan X-TRAIL is smartly packaged, feature-loaded and great value. Now Nissan has broadened the X-TRAIL.

    2011 nissan x trail review

    2011 nissan x trail review

    Trim quality and fit is good, with all materials feeling solid and durable. Before purchase contact your local Nissan dealer, as capped prices may vary. Despite the average back-seat accommodation, the AWD X-Trail dCI offers good pulling power from its willing diesel and plenty of holiday versatility for the young family. There was the odd rattle from the plastic rear storage tray, but otherwise the X-Trail's cabin is one of the quietest in its class. Nissan's X-Trail comes with a longer spec sheet for , as well as an updated interior and exterior.

    2011 nissan x trail review

    2011 nissan x trail review

    2011 nissan x trail review

    2011 nissan x trail review

    2011 nissan x trail review

    NISSAN X-TRAIL ST Review | CarAdvice

    For , Nissan has given its second-generation X-Trail some mechanical upgrading, an interior refit and a nip and tuck to the boxed-back exterior design. The net result is the further graduation of an already solid package. It may be a bit sharp-angled for some tastes, but the X-Trail has an on road presence all its own.

    Distinctive light clusters front and back are distinguishing features and a strong flat roofline highlights the X-Trails profile. A big glasshouse lets in a ton of light but tinted rear windows keep it cool inside. Other exterior revisions include a new front bumper and those unmissable rear LED lights.

    2011 nissan x trail review

    Overall the exterior tweaking has given the X-trail a modernised, more purposeful look and realigned it closer to the rest of Nissans current range. Inside the X-Trail, the square exterior lines pay big dividends into a very spacious and practically focused cabin. Interior quality has been further increased with the use of new materials and touch surfaces feel family-grade tough.

    Our TL spec test vehicle was fitted with leather trim including redesigned, heated front seats that were wide and comfortable but could have offered more lateral support. The switchgear certainly favours function over form and may not appear as sophisticated as some younger competitors but the big buttons and dials are intuitive and tastefully simple.

    2011 nissan x trail review

    Luggage capacity is an impressive litres, fold down the rear seat back and this expands to a cavernous litres. The flat loading area is well protected by tough plastic fittings and there are hidden plastic storage chambers — perfect for hiding valuables or stowing messy cargo. Well not quite, but the standard equipment list reads fairly long on the top dollar X-Trail TL. It produces kW of power and a healthy Nm of torque while sipping away on 7.

    The diesel mill comes mated exclusively to a 6-speed conventional automatic transmission with a sequential manual shift mode if you feel like DIY shifting. The suspension is set-up with MacPherson struts at the front and a multi-link arrangement at the rear.

    Putting down the anchors are ventilated disc brakes up front and standard discs stopping the back. Turning the tyres on tarmac the diesel X-Trail is a fairly refined and competent machine.

    2011 nissan x trail review

    The engine can be a touch noisy when cold but once warmed up it remains nicely low key unless strained. Much like its smaller brother the Qashqai, the X-Trail is just a very easy to vehicle to drive. With the diff locked, a mm clearance height and a torquey diesel engine the X-Trail can get muddier than many competitors. Not match fit for heavier off road work but escaping muddy sports fields or ascending steep gravel driveways should prove regulation movements for the diesel-powered X-Trail.

    In attracting the family market means taking safety seriously, the X-Trail achieves this with features like hill start assist and hill descent control to stop it slipping on steep slopes. Helping keep this SUV nicely planted on the road is an electronic stability program, ABS brakes with brake assist and an active brake limited slip diff. The X-Trail post facelift looks a little sharper and it rides well but the big news comes with the inclusion of the TS and high spec TL diesel models.

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