2014 Nissan X-Trail | new car review
Marginally more powerful than the compeition
Design of the dashboard
It requires effort to be consistent, and I assume even more so to be consistently bad, but I guess only the team behind designing the Nissan X-Trail would be able to answer that. Rectangular headlamps, oblong tail lamps and an unappealing side profile come together to form an SUV that is in the nicest of words, revolting.
I love when something is a little unique, a little different. However, after a few moments in the 2014 Nissan X-Trail, I may have changed my mind. The abundance of hard plastics is something I could deal with, but the placement of the glove compartment where you’d normally find the instrument panel wasn’t something I could come to terms with. I guess having the instrument panel as a centre piece just ain’t everyone’s cup of tea.
The ALL MODE 4×4 and Limited Slip Differential in the X-Trail distributes power either by giving all of it to the front wheels, or half to the front and the other half to the rear wheels. Although it may sound like it can tackle any terrain, I doubt it can deal with a lot more than those unpaved lanes or the beach at the most.
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Keeping in line with its archaic styling, the 2014 Nissan X-Terra is powered by a 2.5 litre 4 cylinder engine that is mated to 4 speed transmission and puts out just 180 horsepower. When lined up against the competition, it’s AED 12,000 more than the Hyundai Tucson and AED 1,000 more than the Ford Escape.
Keeping money aside, the competition is better equipped, peppier to drive and has the looks of a supermodel when compared to the repulsive X-Trail. So do yourself a favor and get the better car…