The Nissan X-Trail was first launched in the UK in 2001 and is still in production today. The second generation was released in 2007 with a similar choice of models to that of the Mk1 car. Engine choice consisted of 2.0 litre or 2.5 litre petrol models or a diesel 2.0 litre dCi engine available in either a 148 bhp or 171 bhp form. Trim levels were the entry-level Trek, then came Sport and the top of the range Aventura.
All versions were fitted with ALL-MODE 4x4 and the Aventura and Sport versions with 4x4-i which added the hill start assist and hill descent control features.
Two upgrade packages were available with the Sport and Aventura versions. Unlike with the first generation, two wheel drive models were not made available.
In 2009 Nissan removed the petrol engines from the range and changed the trim designations to Acenta and Tekna. The Tekna model topped the range and was only available with the more powerful 171 bhp engine.
Bang for your buck
Mk2 approved used Nissan X-Trail cars for sale are bigger than the first generation car, being longer by 175mm and having a luggage capacity of 603 litres compared to its predecessor's 410 litres. With the rear seats folded forward the second generation will hold a massive 1773 litres.
Some improvements were made to the appearance of the used Nissan X-Trail with the introduction of the Mk2 but most of the notable changes were made inside the car. The plastic interior of the Mk1 was removed and a more classy, metallic finish with 50 litres of cabin stowage was added.
Even the entry-level Acenta variant is pretty well-loaded with features as standard, including alloy wheels, Bluetooth phone kit, full body bumpers, driver, passenger, curtain and side air bags, climate-control and air conditioning, panoramic sunroof, cruise control and four speaker stereo system. The Tekna trim adds DVD satellite navigation, rear parking camera, leather powered and heated seats, a BOSE sound system and xenon headlights.
What you'll pay
First generation second hand Nissan X-Trails tend to have done plenty of miles and to have been very well-used. As a result many owners decide to hang on to them rather than sell but when they do come to market they are available for anything from £1000 onwards.
Mk2 used X-Trails for sale are becoming more and more common on the market and a 2007 148bhp diesel example will set you back around £16500 with the automatic transmission option adding about £500 on to this. 171bhp diesels with the Aventura trim open are around £17000. Depending on the choice of engine X-Trails find themselves in either insurance group 14 or 15.
What to check
There are no known faults with either generation but used Nissan X-Trail cars for sale are likely to have been used off-road so be sure to check the underside of the car for damage. X-Trails are also likely to been used as family cars so check the interior carefully for damage and check all buttons and handles.
Replacement parts are fairly expensive but easily located. A new clutch assembly costs around £250, front brake pads £40 and rears £50. A full exhaust system is about £550, a replacement starter motor around £250, an alternator is £200 and £225 will secure a new radiator.
How it drives
The first generation Nissan X-Trail for sale was one of the best handling compact 4x4s in its class mostly due to its very well-designed suspension system. By the time the Mk2 came to market many of the X-Trails competitors were now focused on road driving. The X-Trail however, retained its off-road capabilities.
The models of choice are the 2.0 litre dCi engines with either 171 bhp or 148 bhp. The former will reach sixty in 10 seconds en route to 124 miles per hour. The 148 bhp version is usually found paired with the automatic transmission and gets to sixty in 12.5 seconds.
Economy, even with the punchy 171 bhp diesel model is a fairly impressive 38.2 miles per gallon combined and it emits 190g of carbon dioxide for each kilometre driven. The used Nissan X-Trail's 65 litre fuel tank gives it a massive range and fuel efficiency is aided greatly in that there is no need to drive the car in power-sapping four-wheel drive mode all of the time, the standard 4x4 system will revert to front wheel drive whenever possible.