2022 Nissan X-TRAIL Review

By Alexi Falson on 07 Nov 2022
image for 2022 Nissan X-TRAIL Review The Nissan X-Trail is billed as an adventure-ready, family-friendly SUV that offers buyers a heap of versatility. 

To make things even better for prospective buyers, there’s an all-new generation X-Trail in town riding on a brand-new platform that is said to offer even more space, comfort, and safety than ever before.

Just how good is the latest generation Nissan X-Trail? Let’s find out. 

Starting Price: $36,750

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Nissan X-TRAIL - ST (2WD) Specifications

Model Date 2022
Series T32 MY22
Variant ST (2WD)
Drive FWD
Engine MPFI
Engine capacity 2498
Engine configuration VARIABLE DOUBLE OVERHEAD CAM / 16 valves
Engine RPM 6000 / 4400
Cylinders 4
Torque 226
KW 126
Fuel tank size 60.0
Fuel usage specs 7.9 / 0.0
CO2 183
ANCAP security rating 5

For more details and other variants, check Nissan X-TRAIL car page.

How Much Does It Cost?

The Nissan X-Trail lineup kicks off from $36,750 for the entry-level ST 2WD, with the ST AWD priced at $39,790. 

Stepping up to the ST-L grade brings the price to $43,190 for the 2WD and up to $46,290 for the ST-L 4WD. Finally, the X-Trail Ti AWD is priced at $49,990 which rises to $52,990 for the Ti-L AWD range-topper. 

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What Features Does the Nissan X-Trail Have?

Nissan’s entry-level X-Trail ST comes riding on 17-inch alloys and receives LED head & tail lights, a reversing camera with parking sensors, cloth upholstery, adaptive cruise control, roof rails, a 7.0-inch TFT instrument cluster and an 8.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto as standard. 

Stepping up to the X-Trail ST-L adds a set of 18-inch alloys, heated faux leather seats, a surround-view camera, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone climate control and front-mounted parking sensors. 

The X-Trail Ti gains a panoramic sunroof, powered boot lift, digital rear-view mirror, leather upholstery, 19-inch alloys, 12.3-inch instrument cluster, head-up display and a 12.3-inch infotainment system. 

The range-topping X-Trail Ti-L receives Nappa leather upholstery, ambient lighting, an upgraded 10-speaker BOSE sound system, a heated steering wheel and heated rear seats. 

Range Features: 

  • 17-inch alloys 

  • LED head & tail lights 

  • Adaptive cruise control 

  • Reversing camera with parking sensors 

  • 8.0-inch infotainment system 

  • 18-inch alloys (ST-L) 

  • Surround-view camera (ST-L) 

  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel (ST-L) 

  • Panoramic sunroof (Ti) 

  • 19-inch alloys (Ti)

  • 12.3-inch instrument cluster (Ti)

  • 12.3-inch infotainment system Nappa leather upholstery (Ti-L) 

  • Ambient lighting (Ti-L) 

  • Heated rear seats (Ti-L) 

Nissan X-Trail Colours 

The Nissan X-Trail range is available in a choice of ten colours, including Solid White, Champagne Silver, ivory Pearl, Gun Metallic, Brilliant Silver, Ceramic Grey, Scarlet Ember, Diamond Black, Sunset Orange and Caspian Blue, with three contrasting roof options available for Caspian Blue, Ivory Pearl and Ceramic Grey. 

What’s Under the Bonnet? 

Underneath, the X-Trail has gained an all-new platform with a revised engine under the bonnet, giving it a much-needed refresh from the outgoing X-Trail. 

Power comes supplied by a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine that produces 135kW of power and 244Nm of torque, with the increase in power translating to added braked towing capacity jumping from 1500 - 2000kg in the latest X-Trail. 

Better still, the revised engine options for the latest X-Trail add power while maintaining fuel economy at a decent range of 7.5L/100km for the front-wheel drive variant, which rises to 8.1L/100km on a combined cycle for the all-wheel drive variant. 

For those interested, Nissan says that a hybrid X-Trail known as the e-Power is set to arrive at some point in 2023, which will power the wheels with a pair of electric motors that produce a combined 157kW of power, with the internal combustion engine acting as an onboard generator. 

Is it Practical and Spacious? 

Inside, the X-Trail has come leaps and bounds over the previous model, with Nissan paying a considerable amount of attention to the smart new interior design, alongside a heap of practical touches that are perfect for growing families. 

Up front, the driver and front passenger are treated to a modern dashboard design that houses the infotainment system atop a set of climate control dials, with the new central tunnel offering more storage than the replacement. 

Between the driver and front passenger, you’ve got access to a pair of cup holders, a storage area behind the gear lever and a decent amount of storage inside the split-folding armrest, as well as bottle holders on either side of the cabin. 

Better yet, there’s another level of storage beneath the gear lever to accommodate even more loose cargo, making for a supremely practical SUV design in the front of the cabin.  

Keep in mind that the entry-level 2WD comes packaged as a five-seater, while the all-wheel drive X-Trail features a seven-seat layout across most of the range. 

In the rear of the cabin, there’s a heap of head and legroom for passengers in the second row, with four USB ports around the cabin keeping everyone in the family charged up, while the seven-seat variant allows for two children to sit comfortably in the third row. 

The X-Trail’s boot measures 560L, matching most of its key rivals, and features a set of dividers to arrange loose cargo and some tie-down points for valuables. 

All up, the latest X-Trail is a heavy hitter when it comes to cabin space, comfort and overall practicality. 

Is it Safe? 

Due to just how recently the latest Nissan X-Trail has arrived here in Australia, ANCAP is yet to conduct its safety testing for the new platform. 

To sweeten the deal, though, Nissan is packaging the X-Trail with a generous amount of safety equipment, which includes forward and reverse autonomous emergency braking, junction assist, lane-keep assistance and lane departure warnings, adaptive cruise control and traffic sign recognition as standard. 

Upgrading to the ST-L variant adds Nissan’s ProPilot system that keeps the car within the lane on highways.  

Is it Fuel Efficient?

Nissan’s updated four-cylinder engine offers fuel economy figures of 7.5L/100km on a combined cycle for the front-wheel drive X-Trail, with figures rising to 8.1L/100km for the all-wheel drive variant. 

For those looking for a hybrid SUV, Nissan is introducing its e-Power hybrid X-Trail to Australia sometime in 2023. 

Our Verdict: Is the Nissan X-Trail Worth it?

Past generations of the X-Trail have gone down extremely well with the Australian buying public, and the latest generation adds to the already impressive package. 

The updated platform and engine adds more towing capacity while keeping fuel economy figures relatively low, while the refreshed interior design makes for a modern, comfortable and practical place for a growing family. 

As a result, we can’t help but recommend that you add the X-Trail to your shortlist of medium-sized SUVs for you and your family. On that note, if you’re in the market for a new car, you can get a free quote and see how much OnlineAuto can save you on your next car, or call us on 1300 719 925 

Five Specs You Need to Know

  1. Five-year, unlimited KM warranty 
  2. No official ANCAP safety rating yet 
  3. 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol across the range 
  4. Fuel economy between 7.5 - 8.1/100km 
  5. 2000kg braked towing capacity 


  • Refreshed interior design
  • Spacious and practical cabin
  • Generous safety equipment as standard


  • No ANCAP safety rating, yet

OnlineAuto Rating: 8/10

Nissan X-Trail Competition

Nissan X-TRAIL

Mitsubishi Outlander
Toyota RAV4
Subaru Forester 
Kia Sportage 
Mazda CX-5
Hyundai Tucson


Alexi Falson

Alexi is an automotive journalist and road tester hailing from Byron Bay. He has an affection for both cars and motorbikes, a great admiration for the simplicity of old-school engineering, and a fascination of new technology making its way to modern cars. When he's not road testing, you'll find him surfing, hiking or helping people find their dream cars.

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