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How much does the Nissan X-Trail cost?
Nissan has tactically acknowledged this version of the X-Trail is on its last legs and has priced the SUV accordingly.
The ST+ we tested in front-wheel-drive guise costs around $38,000 on the road. An all-wheel-drive version adds $2000.
That’s a long way in front of rival vehicles, given Nissan has infused a fair bit of tech into what is essentially a base model vehicle.
You can buy a more modern Mazda CX-5 Maxx for similar money, but it comes with a manual transmission and fewer features. Similarly, the Toyota RAV4 GX, while equipped with an automatic transmission, costs $40,000 before on-roads.
That puts the Nissan in the box seat in terms of price and, along with the fact you can actually put one in your driveway without a six-month wait, makes the X-Trail a smart choice.
Pay for an up-front servicing plan and the X-Trail will cost $1,642 over the course of five years, which corresponds to the warranty period.
Is the Nissan X-Trail safe?
A five-star safety rating was bestowed upon the Nissan X-Trail in 2017, when the model was updated with autonomous emergency braking.
The rating applies to all versions except those fitted with the 2.0-litre diesel engine. ANCAP also noted that third-row occupants don’t have access to airbags or seat belt reminders.
The X-Trail earned 14.68 out of 16 points in the frontal offset test, full marks in the side impact and pole tests, and was judged to offer “acceptable” pedestrian protection.
Six airbags are standard and the ST+ is fitted with a surround-view camera and front and rear parking sensors.
What is the Nissan X-Trail like inside?
Dated but durable is an apt description for the X-Trail. Smartphones now have bigger screens than the Nissan’s infotainment display and there’s an old-school foot-operated parking brake mechanism in the footwell.
Likewise, some plastics lack the tactility of newer rivals, despite the mid-life update adding soft-touch surfaces in the most visible areas. On a positive note, the surfaces are durable and easy to clean, which is always a consideration for parents.
Age hasn’t diminished the interior space, up front or in the back. The X-Trail still has impressive cabin storage supportive seats.
The rear seat room is a highlight, with the slightly elevated second row ensuring occupants have a good view outside the vehicle.
That utility is also evident with a generous 565 litres of cargo capacity.
The boot floor is a two-piece unit with the smaller panel covering a tray owners can use to keep valuables out of sight when parked. It can also be flipped upright to stop groceries sliding around when coming home from the shops.