Nissan X-Trail TL dCI Review

Overall Rating

  • Interior

  • On The Road

  • Ancap

  • Value For Money

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  • Country of Origin
  • Price
    $42,990 (plus on-road costs)
  • Engine
    4 Cylinders
  • Output
    127 kW / 360 Nm
  • Transmission
  • ANCAP Rating
  • Airbags
    Driver & Passenger (Dual), Head for 2nd Row Seats, Side for 1st Row Occupants (Front), Head for 1st Row Seats (Front)
  • L/100 km
  • C02
    191 g/km
  • Luggage Capacity
  • Towing (braked)
    2000 kg
  • Towing (unbraked)
    750 kg
Tony O'Kane | Mar 2, 2011 | 8 Comments



Nissan's X-Trail comes with a longer spec sheet for 2011, as well as an updated interior and exterior.

Despite the average back-seat accommodation, the AWD X-Trail dCI offers good pulling power from its willing diesel and plenty of holiday versatility for the young family.


Quality: Trim quality and fit is good, with all materials feeling solid and durable. The leather trim is supple and appealing but we could already see some creasing on the driver's-side bolster of our test car.

Comfort: The heated front seats offer good comfort and are electrically adjustable. X-Trails now feature a tilting and telescopically-adjustable steering wheel.

The panoramic sunroof eats into headroom, and rear legroom isn't exceptional for this segment. Back-seat passengers get an extra 10mm of knee-room thanks to re-profiled front seat backrests though.

Equipment: The X-Trail TL is equipped as standard with rain-sensing wipers, dusk-sensing xenon headlamps, panoramic sunroof, keyless entry and ignition, climate control air-conditioning, cruise control, sat-nav, trip computer, single-CD audio system with auxillary USB input, Bluetooth, reversing camera, heated front seats and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Storage: The boot area measures 433 litres with the rear seatbacks in place. A drawer system allows smaller items to be carried securely beneath the raised boot floor. With the rear backrests folded a completely flat load area is created expanding total cargo volume to 1651 litres..


Driveability: X-Trail's diesel is one of the better units around, with great torque and an ability to rev to a very un-diesel like 5500rpm.

There's a slight torque hole below 2000rpm. It's not as noticeable as other vehicles, mind you, and power delivery is linear once the turbo comes on boost.

With a good AWD system and good ground clearance, it can cope with lighter forays off-road. Here, the diesel works a treat.

Around town, both clutch and gearshift are light, visibility is good thanks to the tall seating position, and the standard reversing camera is a boon when parking.

Refinement: The diesel is fairly quiet and clatter-free while driving. There was the odd rattle from the plastic rear storage tray, but otherwise the X-Trail's cabin is one of the quietest in its class.

Suspension: Ride quality is excellent, with compliant damping and good body control. The steering is light at low speeds too, making tight car parks a breeze.

Braking: Disc brakes all round, with ABS (and brake assist), give the X-Trail secure braking performance.


ANCAP rating: 4 stars

Safety features: Six airbags (front, front side and full-length curtain) are standard, as are front anti-whiplash headrests, three-point seatbelts on all seats, ABS, EBD, brake assist, traction control, stability control and hill descent control.


Warranty: Three years/100,000km

Service costs: Servicing costs are capped for the first 120,000km or six years. Before purchase contact your local Nissan dealer, as capped prices may vary.


Hyundai ix35 Highlander diesel ($38,490) – The ix35 has slightly less interior space, but a diesel engine that's just as good – if not better – than the Nissan's. However, its ride is stiffer and it can't match the X-Trail's spec. (see ix35 reviews)

Subaru Forester 2.0D Premium ($40,490) – Newly updated for 2011, the diesel Forester has a good powertrain with an interior as spacious as the X-Trail's. (see Forester reviews)

Ssangyong Korando SPR ($36,811) – A new arrival with standard auto and a solid powertrain, but, like the ix35 it, the Korando can't equal the X-Trail's impressive list of standard features. (see Korando reviews)

Note: all prices are Manufacturer’s List Price and do not include dealer delivery or on-road costs.


It's one of the more expensive compact SUVs around, but a very generous standard equipment list is reason enough to check the versatile X-Trail out.

Not only that, but its well sorted ride - both on road and off the highway - excellent diesel powertrain and secure handling make it one of the better drives in the segment.

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    Martin1491 says,
    5 years ago
    Yeah... I'd take a Sportage Platinum for that kind of money.
    • jan says,
      4 years ago
      smiletake a kia over a nissan???
      i seen a kia on the inside,it is good from far but if you look close,it is verry Disappointing materials..not even close to the quality of nissan
    • CAZZO says,
      2 years ago
      Yeah... I'd take a Sportage Platinum for that kind of money.

      Iwould NOT

      One is Japanese built and superior long lived quilty, the other is a ***ny-come-lately that looks good on the brochuers, has trinkets to please you, and a pretty frock


  • Chris_YTY says,
    4 years ago
    Purchased a new Series IV TL Diesel with 6 speed auto. My wife has a MY10 TI Petrol with CVT transmission. We are both very happy with our X-Trails with the slight exception of the 11.1 Lt/ 100 from the Petrol when compared to the 7.2 Lt / 100 of my Diesel, and as a bit of a car enthusiast I prefer the feel of a normal 6 speed auto rather than the linear feel of the CVT. I test drove all of the X-trails competitors and am extremely happy with our choice.
    • Aram says,
      4 years ago
      1 like
      Hey mate.

      Do you feel that the diesel pulls faster than the petrol? As well towing capacity is only 1300 on auto diesel has it been a hindrance towing a boat etc
  • Bev Frances says,
    2 years ago
    1 like
    I am considering the 2011 Nissan X-Trail 2.0 Diesel TL AT but.... I have a boat, a 520 glass, weighing 1.3 tonnes and have a 22km drive to boat ramp. All hills and corners, loong hills, steep hills etc. I launch approx once per week and only tow boat longer distances about once per year. The rest of the time I live rurally and travel to shop (about an hour's distance each way) frequently - several times per week. Hence fuel economy is a factor. So, two uses for my vehicle but I must be able to tow my boat without strain. Is this vehicle suitable for this? Thank you.
    P.S. I should mention, I am an older woman on her own so rely on 'experts' to help me decide. Chuckle.
    • John Walters says,
      2 years ago
      Hi Bev

      I can recomend the Xtrail Diesel as a great tow and everyday vehicle. I did a trip ot approx 25k towing a 1.6t camper trailer through NSW, Vic and SA without problems. Fuel consumption averaged abot 9.5l per100klm whilst towing and I did get it down to under 6 l per100klm on some flat sections.

      If you tow your boat over sand and beaches be sure to stay on the hard stuff, as the exy is not really designed to go sand dune hopping all day, but it will happily play on the beaches ok within reason.

      The motor is unreal, it has heaps or grunt and sits happily on a tad over 2k revs in 6 gear. It does however it does require religious servicing at least 10k

      I have to say that it IS the best vehicle I have had.

      Contact me for more info if required


      [email protected]
      • Felix says,
        2 years ago
        That's great feedback John, pretty hard to find meaningful fuel data elsewhere for this car with towing.

        'Religious servicing every 10k' sounds a bit scary though - any non-standard maintenance / repairs we should be aware of? I've always managed to do the maintenance & repairs on my x-trail petrol myself so if the diesel requires costly/ tricky repairs then I'd like to factor that in for my intended purchase.

        cheers - Felix
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