2017 Nissan X-TRAIL Review

The new X-Trail perfectly captures Nissan’s spirit of adventure. It combines their 4X4 heritage with fresh ideas and technologies inspired by the brand’s groundbreaking crossover models, and together they form a car that truly redefines expectations. Toughness + Refinement = X-Trail.

2017 Nissan X-TRAIL Design

Smooth flowing lines enhanced by chrome trim and the new signature V-Shaped grille that’s set to go across the entire Nissan range. The angular headlights, come with integrated LED daytime running lights that not only look smart but improve visibility to oncoming traffic.


High ground clearance, 19-inch alloys and electronically folding door mirrors add up to some sleek design without compromising the vehicles off-road abilities. The X-Trail has adopted the Nissan intelligent key system which means no more fumbling around in pockets or bags, as you approach the car, it senses the key, simply reach for the handle and you’re unlocked.

Same for the power tailgate which can be activated from the rear or by a switch from within the cabin. And for easy access into this luxurious interior, rear doors can open to a very accommodating eighty degrees.

2017 Nissan X-TRAIL Interior design

Once inside, sit back and enjoy some of the elegant touches, soft quality leather upholstery with double stitching, LED ambient lighting and black gloss trim with chrome accents. Nissan examined every surface where the driver or passenger comes into contact with the car. As a result, the door armrest pads, and center console pad is eight times thicker than sector rivals.

Other touches include a large between the seat storage box big enough to take an iPad or 10-inch tablet. X-Trail offers completely new comfort levels for occupants where some rivals fit a simple fixed bench in the second row, the X-Trail has a sliding and reclining function and also offers the best in sector legroom, thanks to the extended wheelbase.

2017 Nissan X-TRAIL Seats

The optional third-row seat can be folded completely flat. Up front, both the driver and passenger benefit from this extremely comfortable zero-gravity inspired seats which deliver improved spinal support with optimized blood flow to reduce fatigue on longer journeys. And of course there’s the beautiful panoramic glass sunroof, the biggest glass roof in its class, and designed to look stunning wherever you look.

The X-Trail is one of the most technically advanced cars in its class, fully connected, it features the latest generation Nissan connect entertainment system. Available on all models include smartphone connectivity and an advanced satellite navigation system featuring Google’s Center car route planning.

The Tekna and Acenta premium models come with a 7-inch anti-glare color touchscreen, download the app on your smartphone and connect via Bluetooth and you can tap into a growing list of in-car applications.

At the heart of the x-trail is a powerful four-cylinder DCI 130 turbo diesel power-train. With a choice of two and four-wheel drive and the availability of an Xtronic automatic gearbox for the former.

1.6 TD-unit has the same torque as the previous 2.0-liter unit but is considerably more efficient and cleaner. The engine is one of the most advanced diesel engines in its sector with a host of technical innovations designed to maximize fuel consumption and reduce CO2 emissions

The Nissan’s Safety Shield Technology

X-trail adopts Nissan’s advanced electronic four-wheel drive system. All Mode 4X4-i controlled via a switch in the central console, it offers a choice between two-wheel drive, Auto mode or locks offering permanent four-wheel drive.

Nissan’s chassis control system including active ride control, active engine brake, active trace control, and Hill Start Assist, all come as standard to enhance your driving experience and give you more comfort and greater safety. Also read: 2018 Toyota Camry review

Coupled with Nissan’s chassis control system is the Nissan’s safety shield, technology is designed to enhance the safety of occupants in line with Nissan ongoing vision towards zero accidents.

Systems keeping you on top of your surroundings at all times including high-beam assist, traffic sign recognition, lane departure warning, forward emergency braking, moving object detection, blind spot warning, and driver attention alert.

The X-Trail comes with six driver side and curtain airbags as standard, the X-Trail comes fully equipped with another first from Nissan in the class, the around view monitor (AVM), four wide-angle cameras are mounted on the car; one at the front, one at the rear and one beneath each wing mirror.

AVM gives you a 360-degree view around the car and helps you navigate into and around tight spaces. Moving object detection adds another layer of safety, all four sides of the car are monitored, and when movement is detected, the panel lights up and a chime is heard.

2017 Nissan X-TRAIL Advanced Park Assist

Few of us enjoy the challenges of parallel parking, that’s where advanced Park Assist function comes in. Integrated with the AVM, the system works out the size of a parking space and takes care of the tricky bit – the steering, all you have to do is control the forward and reverse motion. The system will also detect the white lines of an empty Bay and will park neatly inside saving you time and avoiding damage to wheels tires and bodywork.

Designed for day-to-day life and feel more adventurous side, the X-Trail showcases Nissan’s passion for combining advanced, accessible technology with bold design and class-leading practicality. It proves adventure doesn’t have to be uncomfortable with a roomy and refined interior, engines don’t have to compromise power for low CO2 emissions and efficiency, and the premium specification doesn’t have to come with a premium price tag.


Vehicle shown features a number of optional features, specifications, and options. Availability will vary between markets and should be verified with your Nissan retailer/dealer. For price, parts, and accessories, check out Nissan Kenya website

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