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2018 Nissan X Trail vs. Honda CR-V

2018 Nissan X Trail vs. Honda CR-V
November 21, 2017 Maddington Nissan

2018 Nissan X Trail vs. Honda CR-V

If you’ve read a Nissan X Trail review, you are likely to be aware of the positive responses to the 2018 model. However, the medium SUV segment is highly competitive, so how does the X Trail stack up against the popular Honda CR-V that has just had a new generation launch? So, here we’ll pit the flagship variants of both models head to head.

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As you would expect from the Nissan X-Trail TI and CR-V VTi-LX, there is plenty of gear despite the keen pricing. Common features to both models include 7.0 inch touch screen complete with sat nav, heated leather seats, climate control, full sunroof, full length airbags, electric tailgate and LED headlights. There is also a wealth of safety technology including adaptive cruise control, lane assist and autonomous emergency braking. However, the Nissan X-Trail also has blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert and an overhead view, 360 degree camera as well as conventional reverse camera.

Inside the Cabin:

Both models have above average cargo space, but with 565 litres, the Nissan X-Trail takes the crown, as the CR-V’s boot space has shrunk to 522 litres, less than the older model. The X-Trail also has a neat two level load floor, which can be configured to make a water resistant tub. Nissan has also incorporated slide rails for the back seats to make movement easier and more flexible.

While the CR-V does have masses of storage, the X-Trail still has plenty of cubbies, door pockets, and cup holders to keep everything neat.


The X-Trail is equipped with a naturally aspirated 2.5 litre four, which offers 126 kW power. This provides a fuel economy of 8.3 litres per 100 kilometres. The Honda has a turbocharged 1.5 litre, which has slightly more power and offers similar fuel economy. The reason for this is that the CR-V is 68 kilograms heavier than the X-Trail. Both vehicles have a 1500 kg braked tow capacity. However, while the CR-V is limited to just a petrol, the X-Trail does have a turbo diesel option.

The 2018 X Trail has been revised to create lighter steering with dampers and springs designed to soak up any bumps. The Honda feels as compliant and soft as the X-Trail, but the steering feels a little lifeless.

Both the CR-V and Nissan X-Trail offer a spacious medium sized SUV packed with safety innovations and smart features. However, with the additional safety technology and choice of drivetrain options, the X-Trail is certainly worth a second look.

Before buying the new Nissan X-Trail 2018 drivers should visit us. We have a massive choice of vehicles including the Nissan X-Trail. The Maddington Nissan sales team members are also available to answer any queries about the Nissan X-Trail, price deals, and current offers. We would also be delighted to arrange your test drive, so you can perform your own Nissan X-Trail review.