A Short 2018 Nissan X-Trail ST-L Review
The Nissan X-Trail 2018 model has now arrived, and there is a lot to report. This is still the solid seven seater comfortable workhorse that we have come to know and love. However, Nissan has added new features that are sure to please fans of this series. Let’s take a look at this latest incarnation of the X-Trail and see what’s on offer.
The Nissan X-Trail Basics
There is not a lot of choice in the medium seven seater SUV market, and one could argue that Nissan has this segment sewn up. However, Nissan has not rested on their laurels, and they now offer a staggering ten X-Trail variants to suit their customer’s needs. The latest X-Trail ST-L offers fantastic ride comfort, the excellent build quality that we’ve come to expect, plenty of practical storage, decent looks and safety features. Overall this is a great family car for the money; it’s ideal for everyday use and longer trips. If one could level one criticism the infotainment system could be better to bring it up to the standard of the competition.
The X-Trail ST-L
Only the front wheel drive petrol model was tested here, and this is a perfectly adequate variant unless you want to go soft roading at the beach. The outward appearance is understated; there is a chrome theme carried out through the car beginning at the grille and ending at the rear tailgate. There is a decent colour palette to choose from to customise your vehicle a little to make it stand out more if that’s important for you. In the cabin there is plenty of room on the second row of seats and the third row has a pair of extra seats when required. The boot has 445L of space if the third row is not used and this drops drastically to 135L if all seven seats are needed.
How Does the New X-Trail Drive?
With larger SUV cars the emphasis tends to be on how much stuff you can fit in them and the levels of equipment. This is because larger vehicles often perform poorly because of the additional size and weight that they have to lug around. However, the Nissan X-Trail ST-L is a pleasant departure from this phenomena, and it drives nicely. The ride quality is exceptional for a car in this segment, bumps are absorbed effortlessly, and the steering is suitably dynamic. This is particularly noticeable on longer drives where the comfortable ride helps to dull driver fatigue. It was also very interesting to notice that the cabin noise was very limited up to 110km/hr and even then was muted in comparison to its rivals. The ST-L variants are powered by a 2.5L four cylinder engine that generates 126kW of power and 226 Nm of torque and its paired with a CVT transmission.
If you’re thinking about purchasing a Nissan X-Trail, contact us here at Maddington Nissan. We have a large selection of new and used cars available, including the Nissan X-Trail. We would like to invite you to join us for a no obligation test drive, and you can experience the Nissan difference for yourself. If you need to finance your purchase, you will discover that our rates are very competitive and the repayments will be scheduled to meet your circumstances. Our team is standing by to advise you on the latest Nissan X-Trail price, and they would be delighted to answer any further questions that you may have.