Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Oil-Burner with X-Factor

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Oil-Burner with X-Factor

Article excerpt

The Nissan X-Trail family is complete.

Arriving in November, the TL is the X-Trail family granddaddy armed with the torquey diesel engine and four-wheel drive.

Nissan now offers three engine choices, with the the diesel engine sitting alongside 2.0-litre and 2.5-litre petrol alternatives.

The TL price starts from $47,790, although the drive-away figure would be closer to $51,400. It's a fair step up from the base variant which starts from $28,490, but Nissan has packed a fair bit of kit into this compact SUV.

VALUE

Essentially matching the Ti derivative that has the 2.5-litre petrol engine, the TL goes without radar cruise control and intelligent lane intervention.

Nissan would have ideally included the pair, but it wanted to hit the more powerful diesel segment and those features weren't available with this 2.0-litre drivetrain.

Being the range topper it doesn't go without much else, with the likes of an eight-speaker Bose sound system with full Bluetooth connectivity and digital radio, panoramic sunroof, seven-inch touchscreen with satnav, leather seat trim, heated front and rear pews, dual zone climate control and push button start.

Ground clearance of 210mm means the X-Trail won't handle too much rough stuff, but it does have a genuine four-wheel drive system that makes it more than capable on bush tracks.

A console dial enables the drive to lock in drive to all corners, and it also has hill descent control which takes all the hard work out of steep terrain along with hill start assist.

There are seven colours available, red, silver, black, white, copper, blue and grey.

Servicing is annual or every 10,000km. There is a capped price deal available for six years or 120,000km, with an average price of $431.

DRIVING

Robust and willing, the diesel is a smooth operator.

While easy to drive and punchy when summonsed - especially above peak torque of 2000rpm - the CVT can sometimes rev hard at the summit of a hill or when pressed from low in the rev range to shoot into a gap in traffic.

Yet in the majroity of circumstances it's a solid experience behind the wheel, with the X-Trail feeling planted and confident whether on the highway or tackling the twisty stuff across the Range. …

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