2017 Nissan X-Trail Review

The Nissan X-Trail SUV changed into a curvaceous crossover inspired by the Qashqai. It was not that impressive at the time and now, in 2017 we have a mid-life facelift. You can buy the SUV with 7 or 5 seats, AWD or FWD. Other available options include choosing between automatic and manual gearboxes or diesel or petrol. No matter what you choose, the focus should be on whether or not the 2017 Nissan X-Trail is an SUV you should consider. Here are some facts to take into account.


The SUV is not the largest or the smallest in the class. 2017 Nissan X-Trail can be bought with 7 seats but if you do, there won’t be much space available in those extra seats. Unfortunately, even for small children the space can be tight. The good news is that the second row is offering enough legroom and boot space. There is a false floor in the 5 seats option that you will appreciate. When you stay in front there is not much that you will complain about.


In-car comfort was surely a priority for Nissan in this facelift. Soft leather cladding was fitted and various extra additions appeared. Unfortunately, the wheels are still unsettled if you choose the 19 inch option. It is much better to opt for 17 or 18 inches so that you can complement the really soft suspension. At the same time, diesel engines are vocal while you will be disturbed by wind and tire noise even at a motorway speed.

Easy Driving

The size suggests that the 2017 Nissan X-Trail will not be easy to drive but this is not actually the case. The clutch positively engages and steering is quite nice, light when you park but a little slow so arm twirling will be needed. Be sure that you opt for parking sensors since the car is big and you have a reduced over the shoulder visibility. At the same time, if you have the petrol engine and you want to overtake, many dial revs are necessary. The diesel is the one that is muscular.

When referring to how fun it is to drive the 2017 Nissan X-trail you should know that it will not be exciting but security is high. Mazda CX-5 showed us that a big SUV can be really fun to drive. This is not the case with X-Trail. Driving will feel predictable and safe, especially when you opt for AWD.


If you buy the 2017 Nissan X-Trail you are surely interested in reliability and the truth is that the offered warranty can be better. Even so, reliability record is above-average, although not outstanding. The standard is 60,000 miles with 3 years warranty included. It may be better than some of the competition but it is definitely not the best.

When looking at fuel economy we have to say that the 2017 Nissan X-Trail is one of the best in the sector. You want to go for FWD and the 1.6 diesel engine to get 48 mpg as an average fuel economy. This is definitely quite great for such a large SUV.

Affordability & Safety

The SUV is definitely cheap to lease. Although as soon as Skoda Kodiaq appeared the other SUVs instantly became slightly expensive. Even so, X-trail has tempting leasing prices. That is why sales are going up. When referring to safety, you do get good ratings in the tests but you may want to spend a little more for extras like autonomous emergency braking.


The 2017 Nissan X-Trail is the most expensive Nissan crossover and it was always seen as number two following Qashqai. This did not change with the new update. It is not a match for the really popular Mazda CX-5. The car is still spacious though, is cheap to lease and reasonably frugal. You have to consider it at times, although other options would be better.