Nissan X-Trail
(2007 - 2013)

  • Excellent levels of practicality.
  • Resilient interior.
  • Showing very good reliability (with exceptions).
  • Genuine off-roading ability.
  • Diesel models showing typical modern diesel issues.
  • High potential for CVT issues if not serviced.
  • Both of the above can become very expensive to repair.
  • Driving experience can be too harsh for some.
Overview

The second-generation or T31 X-Trail was released here in Australia in October 2007, and depending on year and trim spec, in a choice of front-wheel drive 2.0-litre petrol, four-wheel drive 2.0-litre turbo diesel or most commonly on the used market, four-wheel drive 2.5-litre petrol forms, with, (again depending on spec), a 6-speed manual or continuously variable transmission (CVT).

In four-wheel drive form the X-Trail certainly won’t challenge the likes of a Toyota LandCruiser or Jeep Wrangler when the going gets very tough, however thanks to its All-Mode 4×4-i All-Wheel Drive system, the T31 can handle far more serious off-roading than the vast majority of other SUVs in this segment.

In terms of trim specs, here in Australia petrol models were split across three variants, ST, ST-L and Ti while the diesel engined models had to do with two, the TS and TL.

The Xtrail also received a mid life update in 2010 and another smaller update in 2011, featuring improved fuel economy and revised styling while manual ST-L and Ti variants were discontinued.

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What goes wrong

In terms of the exterior the good news is, there are very few issues that we would regard as common.

There are the odd sporadic reports of door lock actuators playing up and windscreen wipers having problems however again, not at all common.

The serious problems we did uncover were generally due to abuse off-road or dodgy repair work after having an accident or being abused off-road.

Inside it’s generally the same story, the occasional electronic gremlins but again, not what we’d call common issues as such.

Mechanically, the less popular 2.0-litre (MR20) front-wheel drive is very reliable. Worn & rattly timing chains and higher than average oil consumption can occur occasionally in poorly serviced examples but if these 2.0-litre engines are well maintained, it’s very uncommon to see serious mechanical issues.

The 2.5-litre (QR25) four-wheel drive is a fairly good unit too and thankfully does not suffer the same chronic head gasket issues these engines had in the older T30 X-Trail. However, head gasket failures are not completely unheard of, although it is nowhere near as common.
The QR25 does have an issue with the drive belt tensioner rattling at idle which is usually caused by a seized alternator over-run pulley and with the age of these now, equates to engine bay plastics (especially radiators) are likely to be getting quite fatigued.
The Renault M9R 2.0-litre turbo diesels, like most diesels of his era have the usual complications with DPFs & EGR vales & EGR coolers. They also tend to leak oil and there are a plenty of issues with the turbos too.

While the diesels are more fuel efficient than their petrol counterparts, the long-term higher cost of servicing and the more expensive repair bill when something inevitably breaks, means that the petrol’s just make far more sense.
Here’s a fun fact too, the petrol’s outnumber the diesels in Australia by nearly 5:1.

The Jatco CVT in these is the problem child in the T31 X-Trail.
Nissan do not schedule regular CVT oil changes at all and only recommend changes under “extreme conditions” (e.g towing or heavy off-roading) and even then, only recommend the fluids to be changed at 90,000km which is honestly, utter madness!

If you want to greatly improve the CVTs chances of it not having major issues, change the CVT and the transfer case oil every 40,000km.

If you’re looking at one to buy one, try and find some evidence that the CVT and transfer case fluids have been changed at least once at some point in the car’s life.

Model range, pricing & features

ST

  • Price when new: $28,490 - $35,490
  • Price used: $3,500 - $27,000

The ST is the base model spec of the X-Trial range, available either with a 2.5 litre 4-cylinder engine with AWD or from the Series II models – an option to select a 2.0 litre 4-cylinder engine with FWD.

An update in December 2009 introduced iPod connectivity and the Series II update in September 2010 added reach adjustment to the steering wheel, 6-stacker CD player, bluetooth connectivity with steering wheel controls, and a heated & cooled glovebox.

Standard features:

16-inch steel wheels
Roof rails
Front and rear mudflaps
All Mode 4×4-i with electric 4WD selection (AWD models only)
Hydrulic steering system
4-star ANCAP safety rating (tested 2007)
4 airbags: driver and front passenger and side curtain airbags
Height adjustable seatbelts for driver and front passenger
Seat pretensioners and load limiters for for driver and front passenger
Child seat anchor points
Headrests for all occupants
Active head restraints for driver and front passenger
Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
Electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD)
Brake assist
Electronic stability program (ESP)
Hill descent control (HDC)
Hill start assist (HSA)
Electric side mirrors
Electric windows – front and rear with driver’s auto up/down function
Projector headlights
High-mounted stop light
Interior lights – door courtesy light, map lamps
Intermittent wipers
Rear intermittent wiper
Remote central locking
Engine immobiliser
Tachometer
Fuel gauge
Trip computer with: average speed, average fuel consumption, distance to empty and trip time
Manual handbrake
Power steering
Steering wheel – tilt (up/down) adjust
Manual air conditioning
Cloth upholstery
Manually adjustable driver’s seat (forwards/back & height)
4-speaker sound system
AM/FM radio
CD player
4x cup holders – front
2x cup holders – rear
Centre console storage
Glovebox
Front seat map pockets
40:20:40 rear folding seats with through loading system
12V power outlet

December 2009 update:

iPod connectivity

September 2010 (Series II) update:

Tilt and reach (telescopic) steering wheel adjustment
6-stacker CD player
Bluetooth connectivity
Steering wheel controls
Heated and cooled glovebox

ST Limited Edition

  • Price when new: $29,990 - $33,990
  • Price used: $4,500 - $21,000

The ST Limited Edition was a limited edition model based on the ST model, released in mid-2013 and added satellite navigation, reversing camera, additional cosmetic features, carpet mats and a rear protection mat.

Additional features:

Satellite navigation
Reversing camera
Kick plates
Carpet mats
Rear protection mat

Adventure Edition

  • Price when new: $33,990 - $42,990
  • Price used: $4,500 - $22,000

The Adventure Edition was first released as a limited edition model in July 2009, with the model being based off the ST and gaining 16-inch alloy wheels, front ‘nudge’ bar, roof racks, cargo blind and rear privacy glass.

The model made a comeback in April 2013, however this time, it was based on the Ti variant and added roof racks and bike carriers, plus a choice of one of six Avanti bike packages.

Additional features:

16-inch alloy wheels
Front ‘nudge’ bar
Roof racks
“Adventure Edition” badging
Cargo blind
Rear privacy glass

April 2013 edition:

Based on the Ti variant
Roof racks
Bike carriers

ST-L

  • Price when new: $34,990 - $40,240
  • Price used: $5,500 - $28,000

The ST-L alongside the TS was the mid-tier model in the X-Trial range (the ST-L being the petrol version).

Additional features include: alloy wheels, front fog lights, climate control, 6-stacker CD player and MP3 compatibility.

In December 2009, the ST-L model gained electrically adjustable and heated front seats; and the Series II updates received new 17-inch alloy wheel designs, leather-wrapped gearshift and handbrake lever and a rear cargo blind.

Additional features:

17-inch alloy wheels
Full-size spare wheel
Front fog lights
Chrome rear door finishers
Chrome door handles
Body coloured door mirrors
Single-zone climate control
Leather steering wheel
6-speaker sound system
6-stacker CD player
MP3 compatibility

December 2009 update:

Electrically adjustable front seats
Heated front seats

September 2010 (Series II) update:

New 17-inch alloy wheel designs
Leather-wrapped gearshift and handbrake lever
Rear cargo blind

TS

  • Price when new: $35,990 - $39,990
  • Price used: $6,000 - $29,000

The TS alongside the ST-L was the mid-tier model in the X-Trial range (the TS being the diesel version).

Additional features include: alloy wheels, front fog lights, climate control, 6-stacker CD player and MP3 compatibility.

In December 2009, the TS model gained bluetooth connectivity and rear privacy glass (different to what the ST-L received amongst its updates) and the Series II updates received new 17-inch alloy wheel designs, leather-wrapped gearshift and handbrake lever and a rear cargo blind.

Additional features:

17-inch alloy wheels
Full-size spare wheel
Front fog lights
Chrome rear door finishers
Chrome door handles
Body coloured door mirrors
Single-zone climate control
Leather steering wheel
6-speaker sound system
6-stacker CD player
MP3 compatibility

December 2009 update:

Bluetooth connectivity
Rear privacy glass

September 2010 (Series II) update:

New 17-inch alloy wheel designs
Leather-wrapped gearshift and handbrake lever
Rear cargo blind

Ti/TL

  • Price when new: $38,990 - $45,090
  • Price used: $6,500 - $30,000

The Ti and TL models are the top-of-the-range models in the X-Trial range, with the Ti offering the petrol engine vs the TL offering the diesel engine.

Additional features included leather upholstery, electrically adjustable front seats, heated front seats, rear parking sensors and an electric sunroof.

A December 2009 update brought 18-inch alloy wheels, reversing camera, 7-inch infotainment display and satellite navigation.

The Series II update added new 18-inch alloy wheel designs, xenon headlights with headlight washers, automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers and keyless start; and from May 2012 – the Ti and TL models added a 360-degree cameras projected by four camera on the vehicle, which Nissan branded “Around View Monitor”.

Additional features:

Leather upholstery
Electrically adjustable front seats
Heated front seats
Rear parking sensors
Electric sunroof

December 2009 update:

18-inch alloy wheels
Reversing camera
7-inch infotainment display
Satellite navigation

September 2010 (Series II) update:
New 18-inch alloy wheel designs
Xenon headlights
Headlight washers
Automatic headlights
Rain-sensing wipers
Keyless start

May 2012 update:

360-degree camera (Nissan’s ‘Around View Monitor’)

Should you buy it?

It’s a tentative yes, you should buy one, although it depends not only on the particular example you’re looking at but which of the X-Trails you’re referring to.

Firstly we’d recommend sticking with the 2.5-litre petrol engined variants as the 2.0-litre, according to many owners, is a bit gutless and even though it is claimed to return good fuel economy, the fact you will have to rev it out to get anywhere equates to eating into any of those fuel savings.

Secondly, while a fastidiously maintained Diesel X-Trail can potentially be a reliable option, unfortunately many owners fail to fastidiously maintain, resulting in expensive repair bills that again will eat into any of the fuel savings you may have made.

Thirdly, we’d highly recommend sticking with a manual, or a CVT that has a solid service history.

As Jim mentioned, neglected CVTs can turn very nasty so it is absolutely critical that you check the service book and history of the car and have a full pre-purchase inspection carried out before you buy.

Finally, and this seems like common sense but obviously avoid any X-Trail that show any signs of abuse or mistreatment and with so many X-Trails on the used market, there’s no need to rush in to buy the first one you see, there will always be another X-Trail.

Just do your homework, be cautious, find the right example and you’ll end up with an awesome SUV.

Warranty & servicing

Warranty:

3 years/100,000kms

Servicing:

6 months/10,000kms

Tech specs

Body Style:

5-door SUV

Engines:

2.0 litre 4-cylinder petrol (ST, ST-L) – from 2011
2.5 litre 4-cylinder petrol (ST, Adventure, ST-L, Ti)
2.0 litre turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel (TS, TL)

Power:

102kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder petrol
125kW – 2.5 litre 4-cylinder petrol
127kW – 2.0 litre turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel (6-speed manual)
110kW – 2.0 litre turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel (6-speed automatic)

Torque:

198Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder petrol
226Nm – 2.5 litre 4-cylinder petrol
360Nm – 2.0 litre turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel (6-speed manual)
320Nm – 2.0 litre turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel (6-speed automatic)

Transmission & drivetrains:

6-speed manual, front-wheel drive (FWD) – ST, ST-L
6-speed manual, all-wheel drive (AWD) – ST, TS, Adventure, ST-L, Ti, TL (manual not available on the ST-L and Ti from 2010)
6-speed automatic, all-wheel drive (AWD) – TS, TL
Continously variable transmission (CVT), front-wheel drive (FWD) – ST, ST-L
Continously variable transmission (CVT), all-wheel drive (AWD) – ST, Adventure, ST-L, Ti

Fuel consumption:

7.4 – 9.5L/100km

Length:

4630mm

Width:

1785mm

Height:

1685mm

Kerb Weight:

1482 – 1651kg

Disclaimer

Information correct as of October 28, 2022.

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