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The Nissan X-Trail is a mid-size crossover SUV that made its debut in 2000. Today, we can enjoy the third generation of the vehicle, which was unveiled at the 2013 International Motor Show Germany.
The 2014 Nissan X-Trail: Appearance & Comfort
The 2014 X-Trail was designed according to the automaker’s different philosophy (at least with regard to the class of crossovers). It got rid of boxy, square exterior in preference to smoother, rounded styling that makes it look more modern, resembling the Murano or Pathfinder. Although the X-Trail didn’t become significantly larger (it’s just 5 mm longer, 30 mm wider, and 10 mm higher than its precursor), it looks very impressive, like the Nissan Pathfinder for example.
We do have the heart to say that the 2014 Nissan X-Trail has one of the most both good-looking and practical interiors in the class. Its cabin doesn’t look too utilitarian anymore. Instead, it adds chic and sophistication thanks to high-quality soft-touch surfaces, metallic accents, and a wide choice of textures.
A driver will be comfortable at the wheel of the X-Trail. They (along with a passenger at the front) are offered ‘zero gravity’ seats, which special design saves them from pain and fatigue during a long journey, making the ride not just more comfortable but safer as well. The driver’s seat is also height-adjustable. All the controls, dials, displays, etc. – everything a driver can get information about the car’s condition from and everything that helps them manage the car – are arranged in a very thought-out way, so that a driver doesn’t have to distract themselves from the road to operate them. Moreover, each element of the information cluster is legible.
All seats in the cabin are raised so that every passenger could enjoy good visibility. The second-row seats in the 2014 X-Trail are set on rails, so they can glide, providing more legroom for passengers here and easy access to the third-row seats (which are optional). Besides, the second-row seats can recline 40/20/40.
With the third row removed, cargo capacity amounts to 550 litres. When the second-row seats are also withdrawn, it rises to astonishing 1,520 litres. However, with all seats in place (the third row included), the vehicle can offer just 135 litres.
The 2014 Nissan X-Trail is mounted on an all-new platform Common Module Platform by Renault-Nissan. The SUV can be equipped with a 2.0 petrol engine that’s teamed up with a six-speed manual transmission and generates 106 kW and 200 Nm or 2.5-litre petrol motor that’s paired with a CVT auto and produces 126 kW and 226 Nm. Nissan is expected to add a diesel engine to the range in the nearest future.
The 2014 Nissan X-Trail is available in two- and all-wheel-drive configurations, with either five or seven seats.
According to laboratory testing results, the 2WD X-Trail with a 2.5-litre engine consumes 8.1 litres per 100 kilometres while the 4WD version needs 8.3 litres per 100 kilometres. However, these figures are somewhat underestimated in comparison to those you can get in real-life driving conditions – 8.2 and 8.6 litres per 100 kilometres respectively.
Safety & Other Features
The 2014 Nissan X-Trail comes in three trim levels – the ST, ST-L, and Ti – which differ in availability of some features and, consequently, in price. Still, alloy wheels, push-button start, Active Ride Control, and a rear-view camera are common in all of them.
The X-Trail ST ($27,990-39,080) offers 17-inch alloy wheels, daytime running lights, cruise control, and Divide-N-Hide cargo storage system. For a driver and passengers’ entertainment, there’s AM/FM radio; USB, MP3, and Bluetooth connectivity; music streaming; and a 5-inch colour LCD display.
If you opt for the ST-L ($36,990-39,080) model, you’ll get leather interior, power sunroof, front fog lamps, roof rails, and electrically adjusted and heated front seats in addition. Also, there’s dual-zone climate control, Around View Monitor, digital radio, and satellite navigation with a 7-inch display.
The X-Trail Ti ($44,680) is well equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, panoramic sunroof, and power tailgate. Besides, there are rain-sensing wipers, auto-levelling LED headlights, blind spot and lane departure warning, and moving object detection.
Among other safety features the 2014 X-Trail provides are frontal, side, and curtain airbags; ABS with stability control; EBD; hill descent control and hill start assist; brake assist; and some others.
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