2015 Nissan X-Trail | New Car Review

Posted on Sep 2, 2014 by
2015 Nissan X-Trail
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 4 stars
  • Excellent
AEDAED 75,000 - 120,000
  • 3.22/5 Avg. User Rating

  • Rated 3.22 stars
  • 9 Reviews

  • 2015
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  • Exterior
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  • Quality
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  • Features
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    User: 68%
  • Performance
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    User: 63%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 90%
    User: 71%

Review Summary:

’s are on the rise, but unlike the new entrants from Korea, Germany, and France who seemed to have flooded the segment, the Japanese X-Trail is somewhat of a veteran. Having started its life early on in 2001, it has been through most of its life not really standing out, but not anymore.

Pros

*Priced very well in comparison to its rivals.
* Equipped with ample features to keep all occupants safe and entertained.

Cons

* Rear styling is somewhat of a let-down to an otherwise brilliant design.

Looks

Being the first model to carry the X-Trail nameplate into its third generation, the 2015 Nissan X-Trail is quite a big deal for the brand, and it should be. Unlike the first generation model which could have been mistaken for a toaster on wheels, the third generation model is genuinely good looking, with taut headlamps and razor sharp contours coming together to form an aggressive countenance, while pentagonal tail lamps and a black diffuser adorn the rear end.

2015 Nissan X-Trail front

Feels

A drastic improvement over its predecessors, the X-Trail is no longer a plastic haven with more resemblance to a work truck than a family SUV. Chasing after a slightly higher strata of society, the 2015 X-Trail welcomes a panoramic moon roof, a blend of plastic inserts working their way into the dashboard and door panels, and silver surrounds around the A/C vents and components along the centre console. Available as a 5-seater and a 7-seater, we reckon the fiver makes a lot more sense for a car with a wheelbase of just 2,705mm.

2015 Nissan X-Trail interior

Engineering

Adequately equipped for a family SUV, the 2015 Nissan X-Trail ensures you and yours are safe on the road with the Lane Departure Warning system and Blind Spot Monitoring systems working in harmony. Once at your destination, the Around View Monitor makes sure parking is an absolute breeze, and the no-touch tailgate – which works by just waving an object in front of the sensor – makes sure loading up when your hands are full, is no issue whatsoever either.

2015 Nissan X-Trail interior - 2

On offer

At the heart of the X-Trail sits a 2.5 litre 4-cylinder engine which whips out 170 horsepower at 6,000 RPM and 226 Nm of torque at 4,400 RPM. Mated to a CVT transmission, which allows for manual shifting with six makeshift points, the X-Trail is capable of hauling up to 1,500 kilograms and delivers its power through either a 2WD, or 4WD layout.

2015 Nissan X-Trail rear

Verdict

Definitely on the right path to success, the 2015 Nissan X-Trail is sure to be seen in abundance across the streets of the UAE very soon. Priced at just AED 75,000 to AED 120,000, the X-Trail is an impressive AED 15,000 cheaper than the Mazda CX-5 and a whopping AED 32,000 more affordable than the Honda CR-V. If it wasn’t its looks, its price point is sure to get you.

2015 Nissan X-Trail top

Specifications

Specifications2015 Nissan X-Trail
Engine/ Cylinders2.5 litre / 4-cyl
Max Power
(bhp/rpm)
170 hp @ 6,000 RPM
Max Torque
(Nm/rpm)
226 Nm @ 4,400 RPM
TranmissionCVT
DriveFront Wheel Drive / All Wheel Drive
0-100 km/h10.5 secs
Top speed190 km/h
PriceAED 75,000 - 120,000

98 Responses to 2015 Nissan X-Trail | New Car Review

  1. Neil Reply

    June 19, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    Hi!
    Which of the 5-seater SUVs have AC vents for the middle row?
    Thanks
    Neil

  2. tnashu Reply

    June 5, 2016 at 12:42 am

    Hi Zahran,

    This is one of the best places i have seen a proper review on the x-trail,with great feedbacks on query . thanks a million for you reviews and feedback. I live in Qatar and couldn’t find any much help in understanding my below question, hope you would be able to help

    I am about to get my first SUV and would like to know which of the following two would be the best

    1. Mitsubishi Outlander 2016 – Fully loaded – price 120K AED
    2. Nissan x-trail – 2016 – SL [fully loaded] – price – 97K AED

    Thanks a lot

  3. Maniesh Potdaar Reply

    May 5, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    Hello Team,
    Any thoughts on Pajero vs Xtrail ?
    Looking for decent SUV, safety as well as infoentertainment inside.
    Features like parking assistance, camera is helpful.
    Also prefer better after sales service than arrogant service team.

    Thanks,
    Regards,
    Maniesh Potdaar

    • anand Reply

      May 5, 2016 at 6:02 pm

      Hi Maniesh –

      Both are a little different vehicle. One is a crossover whereas other is a proper SUV with one of the best off roading abilities in UAE… Both vehicles have decent resale value in UAE

      If you want to go for a 7 seater (the last 2 for children mostly) and an off road able SUV go for Pajero without any doubt.

  4. Riyas Reply

    April 12, 2016 at 4:04 pm

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    Hi,

    I have X-Trial 2015 model 5 seat 4 wheel drive, purchased November 2015.

    1. Front wheel generating Black Powder. (I have checked with Service center, says Normal for New Model X Trial). Is it true ?

    2. Earlier I used to get 650km to 700km for full tank fuel, Now getting Around 550km. What may be the reason ? Doing all the service form Nissan Service Center.

    3. Where can I buy Roof Rail for my X Trial in Dubai ? I have checked with Nissan, they says to take 3 months for Delivery.

    Regards
    Riyas

  5. Adith Lobo Reply

    February 10, 2016 at 9:24 am

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    I bought the Nissan Xtrail 2015 Mid Range 4wd variant and I AM EXTREMELY HAPPY with the car. Before buying I test drove the Rav4, CR-V and the Xtrail is surely the best of the lot. High speed stability is very good and the fuel efficiency is impeccable with almost 680 km on a full tank. The informative ultra modern screen on the instrument console adds to the plush feel of the car. The music system on the mid was a little of a disappointment. But overall its a fantastic car and priced well.

  6. M K Bhat Reply

    December 26, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    Hi Mr.Pankaj, I have to decide between sorento Santa Fe and x trail! What’s your advice?

  7. Ajay Reply

    November 28, 2015 at 8:58 am

    I would like to know , how you guys find comparing Nissan Xtrail 2.5 , 4WD/2WD , 5 seater , price 85-95 K with following cars in same range.

    1) Mitsubishi 2.5 super high line model- 94K

    2) Mitsubishi 3.0 base model but with Camera , Bluetooth and parking sensor- 84 K

    3) Subaru Forester – 2.5 basic but only sunroof ,leather seat and power seat is missing.. Full safety , full air bags, 85 K.

    4) Mazda CX – 5 , Mid Option 2.0.

    Guys I need to buy car asap. Kindly give yours views on it.
    Running and performance.. Should I consider Subaru as an option in middle East.

  8. Najeem Reply

    November 26, 2015 at 10:26 am

    Dear Zaran /Pankaj,

    Iam planning to buy 2015 model xtrail .

    Is that worth buying 2015 model or need to wait for 2016 model.

    Also i am planning for base model.Hope its worth for that price

    • Ponnusamy Reply

      December 24, 2015 at 1:27 pm

      Hi Najeem,

      Did you get any reply or idea about Nissan XTrail 2016 model? I decided to buy Nissan XTrail. But not sure whether there will be 2016 model or it won’t get released this year. Need to book the car in January 2016. Please advise if you have any answers.

      Thanks,
      G. Ponnusamy

  9. Fajer Reply

    November 19, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    Dear Zaran.. Thanks for the review… I am thinking to buy either the xtrail full option or the pathfinder med option (same price) .. But i saw your comments on the pathfinder engine noise… What do u think ?

  10. Imran Reply

    November 10, 2015 at 4:02 am

    Hi…

    Please advice me which SUV is better in terms of performance, maintenance and parts cost.

    Nissan x-trail or hyundai tucson 2016..

    I would appreciate if you could differentiate and explain why….

    Kind regards…

  11. Hazem Reply

    October 10, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    Hello

    Please advise me which car is better.

    My budget around 80k
    Im confused between xtrail 2wd or rav4
    I might consider honda civic as well.

    I like xtrail, but is there any issue for 2wd than 4wd, im afraid the car will be week .

    Thanks

    • Zaran Tarapore

      Zaran Tarapore Reply

      November 3, 2015 at 4:29 pm

      Hi Hazem,

      For around 80k, I’d suggest you stick to the Nissan X-Trail. Not only is it newer, but a lot more refined than the RAV4. If you’re unsure about its power delivery, I’m sure the showroom will be able to organise a test drive for you.

      Regards,

      Zaran

  12. ahmad Reply

    October 6, 2015 at 5:09 pm

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    nice car

  13. ahmad Reply

    October 6, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    very good car

  14. Sagheer ahmed Reply

    September 30, 2015 at 4:01 pm

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    Dear zaran, I went to Nissan company in Oman they all things are normal, our family is customer of Nissan we have 8 car in our home , most of them cvt engine but not noisy, but x trail noise torturing me. Plus its roof cushion was coming out from company they repaired it, but the roof cushions coming out from other side. I am not satisfied with this car.

  15. Sagheer ahmed Reply

    September 30, 2015 at 12:37 am

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    I bought Nissan x trail 2015 model, very bad quality car, I have done a big mistake. Car looks from outside great, but very uncomfortable while driving, engine noise inside the cabin, too much bouncing on the road, after few kilometers driving you will feel extremely tired, it is a new car inside cushion is coming out, it is SV type, but back door need to be open manually, and you can’t elevate the wiper for cleaning window, if u pushing the eccelator so much noise from engine, and my six year child asked me why this car making sound like a motor bike.

    • Zaran Tarapore

      Zaran Tarapore Reply

      September 30, 2015 at 10:29 am

      Hi Sagheer,

      It’s unfortunate that you aren’t pleased with the purchase of your X-Trail. The engine noise you’re referring to is a) due to the size of the engine itself and b) the CVT drone that seeps into the cabin. As for the bounce on the road, have you got it inspected at a Nissan Service Centre? There may be an issue with one of the tires?

      Regards,

      Zaran

    • Suhel Reply

      September 30, 2015 at 1:26 pm

      You are right, I took a test drive and heard the noise too. I though something was wrong with the test car.

      Anyways the sales guy was least interested to sell which has put me off from buying.

  16. AK Reply

    September 13, 2015 at 10:46 am

    Hi Zaran,
    Just started reading your reviews and i like them so much, that i am going to decide my next purchase based on your comment.

    Have a budget of 123k. Cannot decide between the 2015 Nissan Pathfinder(123k) base 4WD model, 2015 Fortuner – 60th anniversary edition (116k) and the Mazda CX9 (Price??) and the 2015 XTrail (??).

    Comments from friends and research on Google:

    1.Xtrail – CVT engine. Love the looks of this car. Is it worth it
    2. Pathfinder – Great car, proper 7 seater, no off road, CVT engine.
    3. Fortuner – Nice resale value but is based on a pickup chassis (Hilux) so ride quality not good
    4. Mazda CX9 – Good reviews but no idea of this car.

    I personally like the Xtrail and Pathfinder but need to know that its a dependable car. Also your comments on the above 3 brands in case there is something better.

    Also today’s papers say tht the Dubai Govts Consumer panel has given till this Dec for all agencies to have cars mandatory servicing only at 10k intervals from the current 5k. Will this require any engine modification which might result in a fire sale of all old inventory with 5k servicing or will have no impact.

    Thanks
    AK

    • Zaran Tarapore

      Zaran Tarapore Reply

      September 13, 2015 at 2:05 pm

      Dear AK,

      Hope you’re well and that you had a great weekend. Thank you very much for your kind words, helping out is the least I can do.

      First things first, let’s lay all your models out with their respective prices.

      Nissan Pathfinder – AED 123,000 (Base Model).
      Toyota Fortuner – AED 116,000 (60th Anniversary Model).
      Mazda CX-9 – AED 125,000 (Base Model).
      Nissan X-Trail – AED 120,000 (Top-of-the-line).

      While it may look rather straight-forward, your choices are quite challenging as each offering has their own pros and cons.

      Nissan Pathfinder – The Pathfinder has lost its ruggedness and is no longer the capable off-roader it once was. Although its name may suggest it enjoys breaking away from the city, it’s most at home within the confines of the urban landscape. The advantage of settling for the Pathfinder would obviously be the 7-seats and the fact that you can reap the benefits of Arabian Automobile’s 24-hour service centre – a small but vital point to keep in mind. As for the CVT transmission, it has got its quirks. Unlike a regular automatic transmission, a CVT works as one large gear. Meaning, under heavy acceleration a drone is created as the car accelerates forward with no actual shift in the gears per se. Is it a big enough problem to be a nuisance? No; most of the time it goes unnoticed in normal city driving.

      Mazda CX-9 – At AED 125,000 it is slightly out of the budget and faces the same problem as the Pathfinder (it will not fetch you very much in the features department). While it is the most attractive looking of the bunch, it is on the pricier side and just as its aforementioned rival, will not be able to cope with the rough stuff due to its front and rear overhangs. On the road though, I have little doubt in saying that the Cx-9 will over the most enjoyable and engaging ride of the lot.

      Nissan X-Trail – This is an offering from Nissan that has taken the market by storm. It has played on the strengths of the previous generation model and has retained all that made it special. As you rightly point out, it is a little steep at AED 120,000 for the top of the range variant, but it does pack in the features to back its price up.

      Toyota Fortuner – While the 60th Anniversary Edition is merely a local-fitment job by Al Futtaim, meaning that it hasn’t been fitted with all the equipment from the Toyota factory, it will cover you with a warranty on all the parts should one of them fail at any point in time. From your list of options, the Fortuner will also be the most capable off-road. And yes, while it is based on the Hilux platform, it isn’t particularly uncomfortable. However, since the new Hilux has been launched, it is safe to assume that the new generation Fortuner is just around the corner and you’ll be stuck with the old shape in no time.

      In addition to what you’ve short-listed, I’d recommend checking out the Ford Explorer and Mitsubishi Pajero. Also, with regards to the change in duration of service intervals, no modifications will need to be carried out to the engine, just simply higher grade oil that lasts longer will be made mandatory.

      Hope this helps. Don’t hesitate to get back in touch should you require more clarity on anything.

      Best regards,

      Zaran

      • anno alex Reply

        September 29, 2015 at 11:18 pm

        Hi
        Can you guide me to decide between the Rav 4 vs CRV vs Xtrail 4wd.
        Regards
        Anno

  17. IQ Reply

    September 6, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Hi Zaran,

    Thank you for the great review.

    Please can you tell me where you have seen the starting price of 75,000 AED as the Nissan Dubai showroom is selling at 81,750 starting price.

    Thanks,
    IQ

  18. Vishwanath Reply

    September 2, 2015 at 9:45 am

    Hello Zaran/ Pankaj,
    Must appreciate your efforts on answering the queries asked quite effectively. I have zeroed in on the X-Trail and the Rav-4. My budget is around the 120kAED mark. In your opinion which out of the 2 is a better buy. Also I have heard that the A/C system in the X-trail is not very effective. Any bit of advice will be helpful. Thanks.

    • Zaran Tarapore

      Zaran Tarapore Reply

      September 6, 2015 at 2:41 pm

      Dear Vishwanath,

      Great having you on the site.

      Between the two, I’d put my money on the X-Trail simply because it is newer and packs in so much more than the RAV4. To get a little more clarity on the A/C system, I’d recommend a test drive during the afternoon as that would give you a better understanding of its effectiveness.

      Regards,

      Zaran

      • Vishwanath Reply

        September 6, 2015 at 3:11 pm

        Dear Zaran,
        Thanks for your feedback. I booked the X-trail (SL trim) yesterday. Must admit that your reviews were quite helpful and I hope it is a good choice.
        Regards,
        Vishwanath

  19. shafi Reply

    August 6, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    Hi Pankaj, Thanks man. Appreciate your feedback. God Bless !!!

    Got one more query to ask you.. Came to know about a Brand new 3.5L Pajero FULLY loaded, zero KMS. price is very good. Only fear is,SUV is not from the authorized dealer. This is an gulf import and its absolutely new and mighty Pajero.

    Dealer is claiming that this SUV is an Dubai import. So please do advise me as how can I find out this vehicle is a GCC spec SUV and not imported from US, Canada or Australia where whether is completely to Gulf.

    I have got the VIN picture taken from the demo vehicle and got to know from net about the model (i,e 2015) and made (Japan)… but still unable to find out its an GCC spec or not.

    Thanks once again..

    Regards
    Shafi

  20. Asma Reply

    July 10, 2015 at 10:35 am

    Hello….I luv da options of the full option Xtrail Pls could u confirm if 360 around view camera lane departure warning blind spot are available in UAE or not? Or is it that they stopped it?

    • Zaran Tarapore

      Zaran Tarapore Reply

      July 12, 2015 at 9:34 am

      Hi Asma,

      Hope you had a great weekend.

      According to their official website and sales representatives at the showroom, the X-Trail does come with an Around View Monitor, Lane Departure Warning and Blind Spot Detection in the top model variant.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,

      Zaran

  21. praveen Reply

    July 3, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    Dear Zaran,

    Do pajero have any issues with Steering vibration after 40k and is the cabin too noisy. I love this car by the looks and the price tag for that options. I need an average offroader with driving comfort at the price range of Dhs 125K. please advise

  22. praveen Reply

    July 3, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    Hi Zaran,

    Iam a bit confused on finalizing the deal with Pajero. To me this car the 3.8 lt is the best japanese 4×4 vehicle for this price tag and loads of options esp this Ramadan. But some say there is steering vibration felt after 40k. Plus the cabin is noisy. since am looking for an offroader with driving comfort at the price range of Dhs 125k, please advise

    • Zaran Tarapore

      Zaran Tarapore Reply

      July 5, 2015 at 1:10 pm

      Hi Praveen,

      At this very point in time, the Pajero sits in its own little niche with not many offerings being able to do what it does, at the price it does it at. Personally, I haven’t found the cabin to be noisy, but it’s something that a test drive should be able to give you a little more insight on. As for the steering vibration, at 40,000 kms is around about the time you’ll need to start looking for new tires any way. A wheel balancing / alignment job with that and you shouldn’t have to worry about vibrations any further. The Pajero is comfortable within the city, a capable off-road machine and practical too. If off-roading is on your agenda though, don’t settle for anything less than the 3.8 litre engine – you’ll need it!

      Thank you for getting in touch, all the very best!

      Regards,

      Zaran

    • Bob Reply

      November 12, 2015 at 9:53 am

      Nice built Chris I hope to see it in action in Chile some time, take care and csergatosne you soon buddy.ps: are u going to be at PRI?? we are going (RPMmotorsport from Chile) it would be nice to see you again.Im running a new magazine en Chile may be you want to share some info and pics of your car to make an interview, what you think?Take care

  23. Joji Reply

    June 13, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    Hi all,

    I am planning to buy a SUV vehicle, but am not able to fix my mind which i need to go, Can I have your comments or which on do you would prefer on the SUV’s which is currently in my list:

    1. Nissan X-Trail-4wd (mid)
    2. Honda CRV-mid
    3. Toyota Rav4-mid

    i am looking for resale/less maintenance/millage/performance, my budget is around AED 1LK. What would you suggest would be best buy among the ones mentioned above. Is there any other makes/models you can suggest.

    Regards,

    Joji

    • Pankaj Dev

      Pankaj Dev Reply

      June 14, 2015 at 1:02 pm

      Joji, 100k AED is good for any of these. Did you properly go through the comments on this page? There is ample of discussion along the lines….

      • shafi Reply

        August 3, 2015 at 4:38 pm

        Hi Pankaj,

        Could you please advice on CVT transmission of Xtrial.. i am planning to buy 2015 model. Also please do comment on the performance of the engine.

        Regards
        Shafi

        • Pankaj Dev

          Pankaj Dev Reply

          August 6, 2015 at 4:21 pm

          Shafi, CVT/Engine will get the job done in a normal city driving need but do not expect anything sporty. While CVT is touted as a fuel saver, I don’t like the whine of it – just feels a bit slow, but then you could blame it on the kind of job we do and the cars that we get to drive. Overall, as a city runner, this is a worthy car.

  24. Samir Popat Reply

    June 7, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    Hi Pankaj/Zaran,

    I am planning to buy an SUV (5 seater) in the range of 85-90k. I have researched many options and then shortlisted the following.

    1. Kia Sportage (Full option)
    2. Hyundai Tucson (Full Option)
    3. Nissan Xtrail (Mid option as full option wont fit my budget)

    Out of these 3 please give your suggestion as to which car should I go for. Does the specs offered by xtrail mid option are entertaining enough to out class specs offered by sportage full option version?

    • Pankaj Dev

      Pankaj Dev Reply

      June 14, 2015 at 1:00 pm

      Samir, please read through the trail messages. Comparisons and advice between these vehicles are already well covered. Space inside is not related with which feature pack you go for. The body remains same for all options available, except that a 3rd row of seats is optional in the X-Trail. Why don’t you go to the showroom and check out the cars for yourself and see which one entertains you more when it comes to space…

  25. Suneer Ahamed Reply

    May 30, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    Hi,

    I’ve bought the new xtrail SL 2015 for AED 122,000/- People please be aware that the lane departure, blind sport, 360 degree camera ventilated seats and whole lot of features mentioned are not for the UAE market.

    • SP Reply

      January 6, 2016 at 10:33 am

      Not true. I have an xtrail SL. And it has 360 degree camera, blindspot check and lane departure warning. I bought the car in Nov 2015.

  26. Kevin Anto Reply

    May 29, 2015 at 11:07 am

    I would like to know the petrol consumption for Nissan XTrail

  27. Fahad Reply

    May 26, 2015 at 12:14 am

    Hi. What you suggest for RAV 4 2011 or 2012. I likr US Editions. Is it good to take US car in Dubai??? And how about its fuel consumption?

    • Pankaj Dev

      Pankaj Dev Reply

      May 27, 2015 at 2:38 pm

      Fahad, we don’t review pre-owned cars and therefore, will not comment. As for imports, cars that come into these parts of world address requirements such as weather conditions, safety (eg. a fire extinguisher that is handy) and a whole bunch of other region specific legal requirements. It is possible that a lot of these requirements are already addressed for the global market. You need to be careful and get into the details of what is being offered.

  28. Eby Varghese Reply

    May 12, 2015 at 11:07 am

    Hi Zaran,

    I am planning to buy a 4×4 vehicle, but am not able to fix my mind if I should go ahead with a compact one or a mid sized one. Can I have your comments or which on do you would prefer on the compact SUV’s which is currently in my list:
    1. Honda CRV 2. Nissan X-Trail 3. Mazda CX5 4. Toyota Rav4

    On the mid sized SUV’s the current ones in my list is :
    1. Honda Pilot 2. Mazda CX9 3. Nissan Pathfinder 4. Ford Edge

    The budget is around AED 135K-140K. What would you suggest would be best buy among the ones mentioned above. Is there any other makes/models you can suggest.

    Regards,

    Eby

    • Zaran Tarapore

      Zaran Tarapore Reply

      May 12, 2015 at 1:34 pm

      Hi Eby,

      Hope you’re well and are having a great day. I reckon you’re probably a little excited as you’re narrowing down on your latest purchase, so I’d like to thank you for getting in touch with us.

      From the list you’ve mentioned, the Honda CR-V would be the right choice from the compact section, while the Mazda CX-9 and Nissan Pathfinder both whet the appetite in the mid-size range.

      I’d recommend staying away from the Pilot as it’s a dated offering on the whole, and the Edge as a newer shape to expected to hit shores very soon.

      If you’re willing to stretch the budget up to AED 160,000 the Lexus NX is an interesting one you may want to check out as well.

      Hope this helps.

      Best regards,

      Zaran

      • Eby Varghese Reply

        May 12, 2015 at 4:04 pm

        Hi Zaran,

        Thank you very much for your information. I will look into the options and will surely get back to you for more info if needed.

        Cheers,

        Eby

  29. anubhav Reply

    April 29, 2015 at 11:00 am

    Hi Pankaj ,

    I had a look at the Nissan Xtrail , Mazda CX5 and the Kia Sorento ,My budget is around 125000 AED . what would you suggest a best buy among the top end model of the above mentioned cars . i am looking at a long term buy of 5 years . Thanks for the great review .

    • Pankaj Dev

      Pankaj Dev Reply

      May 12, 2015 at 4:39 pm

      Hi Anubhav, back from my travels and getting things sorted. Apologies for the delay. Go for the X trail.

  30. Sheena Reply

    April 20, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    Hey Guys,
    i am looking for SUV s with maximum budget up to 12000AED(full option/Mid option) and have very good resale value and min maintenance effort.
    kindly share your valuable suggestions.

    • Zaran Tarapore

      Zaran Tarapore Reply

      April 21, 2015 at 10:54 am

      Morning Sheena,

      Hope you’re well and are excited about narrowing down your options.

      First things first, in AED 12,000 I’m afraid you won’t be able to get anything as far as new vehicles are concerned. If you venture into used cars territory though, you could surely find something, but that again would vary depending on age, mileage, maintenance, and the brand itself.

      Assuming you meant AED 120,000, however, there are a bunch of SUV that you could get your hands onto. Since I’m not entirely sure about the usage or purpose of your future vehicle, so here’s a list of SUVs that vary in size and suit your budget.

      * Mini SUV – If you’re looking for something that is easy to drive around town, fuel efficient, and at a slight height when compared to smaller cars on the road, then the Chevrolet Trax is an interesting vehicle in its segment that you should probably have a look at.

      * Compact SUV – If you’re looking for something a little larger, more comfortable, and to a certain extent more refined, then you can’t really go wrong with Honda’s CR-V. It’s a common sight on the roads of the UAE for a very good reason.

      * Mid-size SUV – Nissan’s Pathfinder has come a long way from its boxy early days. Today, it’s a polished and comfortable family hauler that can seat up to seven individuals and packs in a ton of tech. Worth a look, but just don’t hold any aspirations of taking it off-road like the oldie could.

      * Full-size SUV – Speaking of oldie, the Mitsubishi Pajero is a little dated, but as far as value for money goes, there aren’t many SUVs out there that can trump it. It’s decently spacious, comfortable, and can even tackle the rough stuff more confidently than any of the others mentioned.

      At the end of the day Sheena, here’s what you need to do: decide on the purpose of your SUV, compare it to its rivals, and something I can’t stress enough, test drive it! Because while it may be a winner on paper, it’s a vehicle that you will have to live with day in and day out.

      All the very best, do keep us in the loop and let us know what you finally settle for. Thanks for getting in touch.

      Best regards,

      Zaran

      • sheena Reply

        April 22, 2015 at 11:35 am

        Hey Zarang
        Thank you very much.
        Yes i mn 120000AED

        Before i missed one zero. 😀

      • sheena Reply

        April 22, 2015 at 11:51 am

        hey zarang
        what s your comments about pajero and CRV..

        finaly these two gt in positn of ma super listing after wide searching.
        Pajero is in ma first prio and crv the next

        About pajero- came to know a model change is coming in 2017..
        kindly advise. if pajero have a model change then after 4-5 years if am plannning to shift to some other vehicle at that time it will be difficult to sell paj at a reasonabl price.
        9more confused in resale 🙁 )
        about CRV still blank mind. Advise?

        • Zaran Tarapore

          Zaran Tarapore Reply

          April 23, 2015 at 10:28 am

          Morning Sheena,

          Glad to hear you’ve shortlisted the Pajero and the CR-V, here’s my opinion on the two Japs.

          * Mitsubishi Pajero – Personally, I haven’t heard of a model change just yet, but it’s long been overdue so it may well take place in the year 2017. Depending on the mileage after 4- 5 years and the condition of the car, resale value will vary. Keep in mind, the Pajero will offer you a more spacious cabin with seating for seven and a larger boot as well.

          * Honda CR-V – The CR-V is undoubtedly more plush than the Pajero on the inside and it even has features such as Blind Spot Monitoring that the Pajero lacks. However, the CR-V is meant to be in the urban jungle at all times, it will not be capable of any off-roading whatsoever. With the current generation of the CR-V being around from 2012, a model change is due here as well and it may just take place around the same time as the Pajero. The other thing to keep in mind with the CR-V is that your initial cost and servicing costs will be slightly higher than they would be with a Mitsubishi. We’ve done a comprehensive road test on the 2015 CR-V which can be found in the following link, it should give you some useful insight on the vehicle.
          http://automiddleeast.com/road-tests/honda-road-test/

          Best regards,

          Zaran

  31. Ham Reply

    March 31, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    Hi,

    I am planning to buy SUV soon. I am looking at 2.5L XTrail, 2.4L SantaFe and 2.5L Escape (Mid to Top range). I liked the new XTrail very much. SantaFe is also really good one. Please help on these choices.

    • Pankaj Dev

      Pankaj Dev Reply

      April 1, 2015 at 9:02 am

      A detailed comparison with Escape and some Korean options has already been discussed in comments. See discussion on December 9 – scroll down on this page.

  32. Mohamed Reply

    March 31, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    I read the comments above about X-Trial. I have a question with regards to CVT. Some issues were highlighted. I would appreciate more details can be provided on how CVT works and what exactly is the issue with CVT in X-Trial.

    • Ham Reply

      March 31, 2015 at 4:01 pm

      Hi,

      I am planning to buy SUV soon. I am looking at 2.5L XTrail, 2.4L SantaFe and 2.5L Escape (Mid to Top range). I liked the new XTrail very much. SantaFe is also really good one. Need suggestions among these choices.

      • Pankaj Dev

        Pankaj Dev Reply

        April 1, 2015 at 8:59 am

        Do you need 7 seats or will 5 seats do for your needs?

        • Prudence Reply

          July 19, 2016 at 11:38 pm

          pennies for luck Posted on Thank you for sharing such a wonderful insight! I will be coming from third grade to kinder next year. I am very, very excited about my new adnutvere!

    • Pankaj Dev

      Pankaj Dev Reply

      April 1, 2015 at 9:00 am

      Read more about CVT here – http://goo.gl/B32NMZ

  33. Mouna Reply

    March 25, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    Actually I am planning to buy new X trail within n the next few days. However I am worried about the cargo space for the 5 seater 2WD. Is it good enough as I have a baby trolley with me.
    Also is it possible to add the roof opening option and how mich does it cost?
    The interior is it smaller than or bigger than the Altima?

    • Zaran Tarapore

      Zaran Tarapore Reply

      March 25, 2015 at 6:22 pm

      Dear Mouna,

      Hope you’re well and thank you for writing in.

      To answer your question, the X-Trail’s boot is capable of taking up to a whopping 1,112 litres, significantly more than the Altima at just 517 litres. Either way, fitting a baby’s pram won’t be an issue into either of the two, but if its cargo space you’re on the lookout for, then the X-Trail it to the one to go for.

      On the other hand, the Altima is just marginally roomier on the inside. Truth be told, it’s a difference only numbers can tell. On the whole, though, the X-Trail comes off as a better package, one that offers better value for money.

      All the very best with getting yourself your new vehicle. Do keep us in the loop and let us know what you finally settle for.

      Best regards,

      Zaran

  34. Abhilash Reply

    February 12, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    I am driving a 4WD 2015 Nissan X Trail which I recently bought in Bahrain. It’s a value for money vehicle, but I am experiencing some problems with the audio system and reverse parking sensors, sometimes audio stops working the same case for reverse parking sensor, however I feel it’s a good car with this price structure.

    • Zaran Tarapore

      Zaran Tarapore Reply

      February 15, 2015 at 1:18 pm

      Hi Abhilash,

      Good to hear you’re enjoying your X-Trail and are happy with your purchase.

      Let’s hope the service centre can diagnose what the issue is with the sensors and audio system when you take it in for its next service.

      Regards,

      Zaran

  35. Nanda Kumar Reply

    January 30, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    Gys practically how far this vehicle insulated. Specially when you compare with Pajero and Ford Edge. Is engine, tyre and wind noice is disturbing on move.

    Thanx.
    Nanda

    • Pankaj Dev

      Pankaj Dev Reply

      February 2, 2015 at 10:31 am

      Nanda, it is a fairly quiet car. The road and tyre noise is not much of an ear sore but the CVT noise can be irritating – when the car is pushed.

  36. ahmad ali Reply

    December 27, 2014 at 11:30 am

    The car need more power , CVT in nice and quite I prefer this transmission for city drive
    the 3rd raw is just for children up to 10 years

    • Zaran Tarapore

      Zaran Tarapore Reply

      January 6, 2015 at 2:03 pm

      Hi Ahmad,

      Not sure I agree on the more power bit, as that would likely reduce its fuel economy, but I fully am with you on the cramped third row of seating!

      Regards,

      Zaran

  37. MANOJ Reply

    December 10, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    IS there an option to add sunroof and push start to the 2WD model? How much does the car cost for one with sunroof?

  38. megha Reply

    December 6, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    Hi Pankaj,

    Please can you help if Nissan X trail 2015 is better than Hyundai Tuscon, Ford Escape, KIA Sportage on overall basis (Interior & Exterior).

    Which one is better buy in the 80 K range in SUV segment.

    • Pankaj Dev

      Pankaj Dev Reply

      December 9, 2014 at 2:55 pm

      Hi Megha. I am basing thoughts on assumption that you are looking for a 5 seater, not an off road use vehicle. I will also take you through a bit of thought process. You will be driving the car so you need to make a decision. Bear in mind that Tucson and Sportage share the same engine and a lot of underpinnings. Here we go –

      1: All of them offer the same engine size with more or less similar power, Tucson & Sportage also offer smaller engines as well. Naturally, costs for smaller engine option will be less. From a driving standpoint, I’d say a smaller engine will be less fun to drive. So stick to the 2.4 litre engine.

      2: Interior – I’d give marks to X Trail. This is subjective. Escape would be a close second with its multimedia system, touch screen and nicely designed instrument cluster. None the less, get inside the cars, touch and feel things around – the arm rest on the door panel, indicator/headlight stock, switches on the center console area, ease of bluetooth connectivity with your phone – these are the things that you will use on a daily basis. Find your comfort and rank based on that. Koreans feel a bit plasticy inside as compared to the other two. Sportage leg space in the back is less in comparison to others. Sit in the rear seat, feel the space over your head and beyond your knees.

      3: Exteriors – X Trail looks a bit bland, Escape and Tucson look nicer, again subjective. Escape gets marks here for its clean and sharp looks. Escape has some intuitive touches like the handsfree tail gate openeer – check it out. Tucson is also a smart looking car. Remember, what is outside is not what you see from the driver’s seat. Book a test drive. Drive the cars preferably on roads that you drive on everyday. This will give you a feel of how it will behave in daily commute and traffic. Since you will be familiar with the roads and environment, you can keep your thoughts on the car slightly more then driving a new car on a new raod 🙂

      4: Warranty and Service – This will be your daily commuter and you might clock a lot of km quickly. Check on the warranty offered and service intervals to give you some idea on cost of ownership. Check on price of a regular service and see you much you will end up spending on the car maintenance.

      Hopefully this helps instead of adding to the confusion. If you need anything else, give me a shout. I will be travelling over coming days and might take some time to respond.
      Good luck. Keep me posted.

  39. Ram Dutt Tiwari Reply

    October 31, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    • Exterior
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    • Quality
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    • Rated 1 stars

    What about the fuel economy?

    • Pankaj Dev

      Pankaj Dev Reply

      November 2, 2014 at 4:18 pm

      Nissan claims 16.4km per liter but you will never achieve this in normal road driving conditions. Anyways, it gives you an indication of what to expect.

  40. Karam Reply

    October 22, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    Got it for 95k 7 seater 4wd 2 months wait time in Dubai

    • Pankaj Dev

      Pankaj Dev Reply

      November 2, 2014 at 4:20 pm

      Karam, what do you think of it, now that you have driven it for about 2 weeks?

    • Ashik Reply

      November 23, 2014 at 11:22 am

      Hows the car?? performance, Mileage, reliability?

      • Pankaj Dev

        Pankaj Dev Reply

        November 23, 2014 at 2:25 pm

        Ashik, its basically made for 5 people. Why Nissan has shoved in a 3rd rown is beyond our understanding. If it is city use that you have in mind, this one will work for you. The engine has enough grunt to tackle daily driving but will go belly up if pushed. Transmission – CVT, not our favourite. I know people who have had problems with this transmission in their not very heavily used Altima. That said, interiors are nice and comfortable, lot’s of technology depending on the variant. Don’t even think of taking this off road. Anything else?

        • Ashik Reply

          November 24, 2014 at 5:45 pm

          Thanks Pankaj, So whats you opinion with its rivals like Toyota RAV4, Honda CRV, Ford Escape.

          • Pankaj Dev

            Pankaj Dev

            December 9, 2014 at 2:56 pm

            Hi Ashik, seems like I missed out on responding to this in the trail of comments. I’ve just posted an a response that looks at X Trail and Escape. Have a read. I will get back to you with my thoughts on RAV4 and CRV shortly.

          • Pankaj Dev

            Pankaj Dev

            December 9, 2014 at 9:04 pm

            Ashik, all are very capable cars and close competitors. Brand preference will certainly play a role in buying decision the way I see it. Some key differences being:
            – RAV4 has the biggest engine of them all – a 2.5 litre unit as compared to a 2.4 litre unit on all others
            – CRV is the most expensive of the lot and has aged slightly since its launch in 2012
            – Escape and RAV4 are 2 sides of the same coin when it comes to design. Only personal preference can decide a winner.
            – Interior of Escape is better designed from the lot
            – X Trail is the newest member in the gang. It is by far the biggest in size and therefore offers most interior space as well. It is also the newest of the lot and offers lot of technology that others don’t, specially at the top end of its model spectrum and is competatively priced
            Helps?

  41. Amal Reply

    October 20, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Worth a buy, Pls share the prices

    • Pankaj Dev

      Pankaj Dev Reply

      November 2, 2014 at 4:19 pm

      Price range is mentioned in the story – right at the beginning. Check with the Nissan dealer for details on the variant of your choice.

  42. Amal Reply

    October 20, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    • Exterior
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    • Interior
      50%
    • Quality
      50%
    • Features
      50%
    • Performance
      50%
    • Value for money
      61%
    • Rated 3 stars

    Worth a buy. May I know the Rates please for different specs in this model.

  43. Jacob Reply

    October 18, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    • Exterior
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    • Interior
      90%
    • Quality
      80%
    • Features
      100%
    • Performance
      70%
    • Value for money
      100%
    • Rated 5 stars

    Kudos Nissan for bringing out a compact family SUV with rich safety features like 6 air bags, driver amenities, driver alerts….all for a reasonable price. A first for a Japanese automaker for Middle East–hope all discerning customers endorse Nissan’s new product!

  44. Wasiq Zahir Reply

    October 13, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Is it available in 6 cylinder option or noy

    • Zaran Tarapore

      Zaran Tarapore Reply

      November 2, 2014 at 4:54 pm

      Hi Wasiq,

      No 6-cylinder option for the X-Trail. You will have to make do with the 4-cylinder.

  45. Haris Reply

    October 12, 2014 at 8:21 am

    I am thinking to go for a 7 seat option as often more space is needed when guests arrvie.

    My budget is about 100k AED, any advise which specs should i go for?

    • Zaran Tarapore

      Zaran Tarapore Reply

      November 2, 2014 at 4:55 pm

      With space being your number one priority, it’s obviously the seven seater variant you’d be looking at. As for the actual space in the third row seats, it’s tight, but fair enough for children to use.

    • Mohammed Shiras Basheer Reply

      November 20, 2015 at 6:40 pm

      I would recommend you to try out the new mitsubishi outlander v6 3.0 litre pertrol variant in uae its superbly designed both inside and out. even the base model has screens behind the front seats. Alloys looks superb from every angle. full option also costs less compared to other brands. 6 speed automatic, 220bhp, 276 torque, 10.2 ltr per 100 kms, 0-100 in 9 seconds, top speed of 200kms, car like handling, very quiet ride, spacious interior and elegant looks makes this car my choice as a brand new vehicle. anyway better than CVT engines.

  46. Sultan Ahmed Reply

    October 8, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Best value for money… surely gonna excell in comparison with Hyundai Tucson in terms of quality and in price with CRV , Mazda 3 , and Mitsubishi Outlander…
    Go for it…..

  47. janardhanan pillai sureshkumar Reply

    October 5, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    DEAR SIR
    LET ME KNOW THE PRICE OF MID OPTION

  48. Ram Dutt Tiwari-Dubai (UAE) Reply

    October 3, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    3rd row is great if you don’t have legs

  49. fahad Reply

    October 2, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    Nice car I am planning to have one
    The 1st option

  50. Ram Dutt Tiwari Reply

    September 26, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    • Exterior
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    • Rated 5 stars

    Nice SUV in its class. it will boom all over world.

  51. anil Reply

    September 22, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Nice car but rear glass and outside body is not good looking

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