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Nissan X-Trail (2001-2006)

by John Ewing,reviewed February 2007

The X-Trail has certainly brought home the bacon for Nissan in the popular and competitive compact four-wheel-drive class.
Caulking a gap in their off-road line-up beside big bro’ Patrol and Pathfinder, it was released in late 2001.

Models and Features 

Initially, buyers could pick from the ST or the higher specified Ti versions, both available with either a five-speed manual or four-speed auto gearbox. The luxury Ti-L model with leather upholstery widened the range from mid 2002. A mid-life freshen-up for 2004 brought cosmetic and equipment changes, plus the Ti-L specification morphed into two distinct variants with either a sunroof or a kid-friendly rear DVD pack.

Safety features across the range include dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, plus front belt pre-tensioners. A centre rear lap-sash belt and active head restraints were added for 2004.

Tighter emission regulations have shaved 9kW and 15 Nm from engine outputs in 2006 models.

On The Road

The QR25 series engine is a strength and potentially a weakness for the X-Trail. The willing 2.5 litre VVT engine proves pretty perky on the performance front. However some owners have experienced engine oil use accompanied by piston noise, usually found and corrected within warranty.

The X-Trail’s All Mode drive system offers easy selection of three drive modes. In 2WD, drive is to the front wheels, Auto mode feeds most torque to the front axles but shuffles additional torque to the rear when slip is detected, while Lock mode gives a fixed nearly equal front/rear split and is available for tougher conditions up to 30km/hr.

X-Trail won’t match its bigger siblings for go-anywhere prowess, but still offers more off-road talent than many of the soft-roader set.

Practical touches like a cooled stowage bin, large easy-clean cargo bay and split-fold rear seat increase appeal. A lack of steering reach adjustment, convex exterior rear vision mirrors and a centrally mounted instrument cluster won’t be to everyone’s tastes.

Used X-Trails that have spent most of their life on bitumen are likely to be a better choice. Also check for a record of careful scheduled servicing.

Fuel Consumption

From 8.8 to 11.6 litres/100km, depending on model and conditions.

How Much? 

For an indication of what you would pay for this vehicle please go to RACQ's online car price guide or contact our Motoring Advice Service on 07 3666 9148 or 1800 623 456 outside the Brisbane area.


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Nissan X-Trail 2001-2006

Car Details

Vehicle make Nissan
Vehicle model X-Trail
Year 2001
Current price range $ - $

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.