Nissan X-Trail Hybrid

Nissan X-Trail Hybrid Review: “I want to test it carefully before getting it” by Rumiko Iwasada

I’ve heard many people would come to dealers and ask if there are hybrid vehicles. Therefore, the manufacturers would attempt to produce hybrid vehicles. However, they would also want to test it beforehand, “Wow, it’s a hybrid car so it has low fuel consumption, right?” That is because hybrid vehicles serve as “groundbaits” set by manufacturers.

What’s good about the X-Trail is that it has a reasonable price for an SUV. But if you want the hybrid version, its price is higher. If you want to stuff this unit with many things, its luggage space has become smaller. When I incidentally checked its specs, its ground clearance, which is the main point when you select the SUV, is lower with the gasoline engine, ranging from 205mm to 195mm.

I’m also bothered about its weight as it has increased by 130kg. Heavy cars have the tendency not to turn and stop with the law of inertia on snow-covered roads. For people who are afraid or poor at driving in snow-covered roads like me, we prefer using lighter vehicles. For the X-Trail lovers who seriously want to use this unit on snow-covered roads, I think it is necessary for them to recognize this matter.

Nonetheless, it is also difficult to disregard the advantages of the hybrid version. Its gasoline tank remains at 60L but its fuel efficiency rose up, so its cruising range with one tank has been extended. Anyhow, for people who drive at a wider range of areas like remote and mountainous areas, this is highly rated even in snowy weather. In addition, it has a powerful acceleration that is unique to the hybrid version. When I started driving it by electric motor and started the engine, I felt uneasy about its engine sound, but it had fewer vibrations, thus making its running performance smooth. The natural and flexible cornering that originally existed in the X-trail doesn’t really make you feel the uneasiness when driving a tall car.

In short, when you choose the hybrid version, the simplicity and user-friendliness charm points that exist in the X-Trail move to another direction. You can use the gasoline engine when driving with large amounts of luggage on snow-covered roads, and you can use the hybrid option when driving in town and touring on-road. This model has certainly hit the target.

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

Rumiko Iwasada | Automotive Journalist / Novelist

Has lived in Italy, and actively makes statements to administrations from a global users’ perspective. Aside from actively collecting information about compact cars, she also takes part as a non-fiction writer to help children understand the values of life. At Response, she writes impressions from the perspective of female users who are around 50 years old.

(Translated by Claire Marie Sausora)