The X-Trail has been a favourite on Kenyan roads since the early 2,000’s and has greatly shifted previous perceptions about the brand. Compared to other Japanese automakers, Nissan has really had to put in a lot of work to redefine its brand image and even the playing field. The love its designers and engineers have shown the X-Trail, speaks volumes. This car is now a full SUV in its own right, providing drivers access to a 7-seater beast that is versatile, affordable and extremely enjoyable to drive!
Engine Power & Driving Experience
Powered by a 2.0L MR20DD petrol engine that is linked to an Extronic CVT, the X-Trail is available in both 2WD and 4WD. The people at Nissan retained the previous engine due to its reliability in earlier models and invested in significant changes to make its fuel consumption even better than it already was. The 2014 X-Trail boasts a fuel tank capacity of 65L and a consumption rate of 16.4 Km/L making it one of the most affordable SUVs in the market to maintain. Its 8.3 inch ground clearance and sturdy muscular frame means that you can comfortably navigate across even the most rugged terrains with ease. The Nissan X-Trail 20X Extremer X and its counterpart the Nissan X-Trail 20X Extremer X Emergency Brake Package both heighten driving experience thanks to their added off-road packages. However, the X-Trail’s biggest handicap is its famous “lazy acceleration” speeds. It goes from 0-100 kph in 10.8 seconds and has been known to lose power when fully loaded.
How Safe Is It?
Often positioned as a car suited for large families who love adventure, the X-Trail’s safety is constantly under scrutiny. It is comforting to note that the Nissan X-Trail 2014 has received a 5-star rating from Euro NCAP for several years now. It scored well in both front offset and sidecar crash performance. Its safety system makes use of an Active Ride Control (ARC) which levels the track and helps detect bumps. The Active Engine Brake Control has also been a great help in improving engine braking, and managing turns. Other safety-enhancing tools include vehicle dynamic control, side-head and side-chest airbags, anti-lock brakes, a blind-spot detection system, standard regulation seat safety belts, electronic brake distribution, and automatic moving object detection.
Inside the X-Trail…
The X-Trail’s spacious and comfy interior has contributed greatly to making it a fan favourite. The added seats placed it in direct competition with the Toyota Vanguard. Drivers and passengers alike can take advantage of the more than sufficient cabin storage thanks to multiple cup holders, seat pockets and compartment areas. Users can easily switch between both 5 and 7 seat options, with the 5 seat option giving access to a huge amount of boot space. The 7 seat option is great if you travel in large groups, with the two back seats in the third row ideal for children. It also has a mounting point Isofix for child seats on the outer seats helping parents cut down on the time it takes to properly fix car seats.
The 2014 Nissan X-Trail is a highly versatile car built for adventure. Its dominant safety features give drivers an added layer of confidence both on and off-road. However, its winning feature comes down to economics. Not only is it extremely affordable and easy to maintain, but the X-Trail has one of the best resale values in the market.
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