Nissan X-Trail 20X Hybrid

Nissan X-Trail Hybrid Review: “Its running performance and appearance are natural” by Naoto Shimazaki

The difference of its exterior with that of the gasoline vehicle is only small. The size of the left and right front door, the rear badge, and the front fog lamp became slimmer. (Test drive cars are not equipped with these; however, these are available as a dealer option.) It is good that it does not have that ‘hybrid feeling’ and the decorations, such as blue lens on the lamp, which, I think, are useless.

The first hybrid system is parallel, which has a dual clutch and one motor on the FF base. Although its system is similar to the Skyline and others, it is combined with a 2-liter gasoline engine. The 4WD model was presented for the news coverage. The 1630kg vehicle weight is similar to that of a two-seater gasoline vehicle with additional 130kg.

My impression as I drove it was that it was quite natural. If the condition is good, the motor runs smoothly, and the engine receives it once it accelerates. It is good that its physical shock is down to zero. It has been finished in such manner that it naturally exceeds a gasoline vehicle in terms of strength rather than speed, if a motor force is added, something which a CVT user typically would not feel.

There was no discomfort on the brakes. Its riding performance feels comfortable compared to a gasoline vehicle because of its vehicle weight increase.

Although the luggage space in the interior is placed higher, it does not affect the interior space. It almost does not feel like you are riding a hybrid vehicle because it is significantly the same as a gasoline vehicle; it also has a tachometer, for example. I look forward to the introduction of a modern diesel vehicle, which has a big advantage in the economy in line with hybrid vehicles.

â– 5 Star Rating
Packaging: ★★★★★
Interior/Comfort: ★★★★★
Power Source: ★★★★★
Footwork: ★★★★★
Recommendation: ★★★★★

Naoto Shimazaki | Automotive Journalist (AJAJ Member)

Born in Tokyo in 1958. He worked at an editing and publishing company for nine years after graduating from university. In 1991, he began working freelance after working as a writer, editor and photographer for magazines and independent publications. Since then, he has continued to expand his activities as a writer for magazines and the web. He approaches cars and journalism from the viewpoint of an everyday user.

(Translated by Natassia Jeronne D. Martinez)