Capable on-road performer
On the road, the Ti is a capable performer. The 2.5-litre petrol engine, which is carried over from the previous model, produces a solid 126kW of power and 226Nm of torque. Helped by the well-matched operation of Nissan’s Xtronic CVT, the engine’s good mid-range torque makes light work of everyday driving around the city and suburbs and cruises comfortably at highway speeds. Its fuel consumption, however, is slightly higher than many of its peers. Additional sound-deadening materials around the floor and pillar areas have reduced cabin noise noticeably, but under hard acceleration engine and transmission noise is still obvious.
X-Trail’s long-travel suspension comfortably copes with most road surfaces and delivers surefooted handling. The electric power steering has a light, direct feel with the load varying according to driving conditions.
X-Trail is more capable than most of the competition when the going gets tough. Nissan’s well-proven all-mode four-wheel-drive system allows drivers to easily select between two-wheel-drive, all-wheel-drive and a Lock mode which splits the drive 50/50 front and rear below 40km/h. But if you come to grief on a rough road, be aware that X-Trail only carries a temporary-use space-saver spare wheel.
Nissan’s new adaptive front lighting system on the Ti works superbly – most of the time. On a winding section of patched second-class road, the constant bouncing and moving of the light beam’s sharp cut-off was distracting and a little annoying for driver and passengers.
The 2017 Nissan X-Trail is a practical, family-friendly mid-size SUV that’s good in most aspects but does not excel in any. The upgrade has smartened it up and added value for money, particularly in terms of advanced safety features. This keeps X-Trail competitive in a hotly contested category, even with its older but still well-proven platform and running.
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