Adventure in mind

Sideline Sid, gave the Nissan X-Trail Ti 4WD a gigantic tick for versatility, when he took a shiny atomic sunset Nissan X-Trail for a test drive, on a wet Western Bay morning.

From business stakeholders looking for a car to impress, to families taking long distance holidays, or even as a recreational vehicle that has a king-sized boot to hold all the gear, the all new Nissan X-Trail ticks all the boxes.

Rich Garrett and his dog prepare to head bush in the new 4WD Nissan X-Trail. Review, page 4. Photo by Bruce Barnard.

The first port of call, was Bay Nissan at Farmer Auto Village on Hewletts Road to pick up the Nissan X-Trail.

A short sharp but comprehensive introduction to the Nissan X-Trail was given by Bay Nissan sales manager Roger Mathews, who highlighted the many innovative features.
While the Nissan X-Trail’s start from an extremely competitive $39,990, we had the delight of taking a top of the range Nissan X-Trail Ti 4WD, out on the road to test its capabilities.  

First impressions were a ritzy five-seater set off by a stylish rear spoiler, 18 inch alloy wheels, LED headlights with automatic levelling and rain sensing windscreen wipers were just the start.

A genuine bonus is the high tech, highly elastic resin that actually allows the paint to “heal” itself of very fine scratches.

Stepping into the driver seat is a real delight.

Cleverly designed theatre-style seating, with the driver given the comfort of a heated and powered eight-way seat, makes the challenges of around town or open road driving a breeze.

A multi tilt and adjust steering column greatly assists driver comfort.

Driving aids

The two standouts driving aids for Sideline Sid, were the Advanced Driver Assist Display and Nissan Connect that includes a satellite navigation system.

The ADAD is a five inch full colour display that sits slap bang in front of the driver between the speedometer and tachometer.

From turn by turn instructions relayed from the Satellite Navigation unit, to phone caller ID, there is a myriad of help available right in the driver’s line of sight.  

Nissan Connect is smart technology that keeps your world within reach when you’re on the move.

The Nissan Navigation System comes with a seven inch touch screen that has the latest maps, the most direct routes and smartest way to get you to your destination. There are all the expected extras of today, in bluetooth, steering wheel auto controls, CD player and AM/FM radio powered through six speakers.

On and off the road

Out on the road, the 2.5 litre petrol engine gives an impressive 126W of power, 226Nm of torque and a 1500kg towing capacity.  

For recreational seekers, a real plus is the 4WD that can be thrown into duty on off road trails or pulling a trailer or boat over difficult terrain.

The seven-speed automatic transmission effortlessly meets the challenges of any open or off road driving.

The Nissan X-Trail comes with five cameras which keep an eye on everything around the vehicle.

Moving object detection, blind spot warning and lane departure warning are just the start.

We put the rear view camera through its paces, when we placed the Nissan X-Trail in a tight situation, where it could only be extricated by backing around down a driveway and around a tight corner.

Not only did the X-Trail pass with flying colours, the projected track when turning the front wheels in park, took the stress out of backing around corners.

The all new Nissan X-Trail has a host of safety features as standard including 6six airbags, Vehicle Dynamic Control, Traction Control System, Anti-Lock Braking System, Brake Assist, and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution.

Another feature to impress was the sunroof with power tilt and slide - and did I tell you about the boot.

An automatic powered tailgate which can be activated when both arms are holding luggage is just the beginning.

The all new Nissan X-Trail Divide-N-Hide storage system lets you configure your precious cargo to perfection.

Keeping fragile goods separate from your luggage or storing your cargo in easy to get out order is simplicity itself.

It also comes with a cargo blind to protect your cargo from the harsh rays of sunlight.
Impressive fuel economy of 8.1 litre per 100km for the 2.5 litre Nissan X-Trail put the versatile all rounder in a class of its own, with a green option available on the X-Trail Ti producing even better economy.

The unanswered question in every car reviewers mind is: Would I buy one? In the case of the Nissan X-Trail – you betcha.


Nissan X-Trail Ti 4WD
Engine Capacity: 2.488 litres
Maximum Power: 126@6000
Maximum Torque: 226@4400
Transmission: CTV (Continuously Variable Transmission) with manual mode
Price: $53,290
Contact: Bay Nissan @ Farmer Auto Village        07 5758 6017


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