WHEN it involves the 2020 Nissan X-TRAIL Ti, it’s the basic ‘don’t decide a e-book by its cowl’. It’s not probably the most glamorous SUV on the block, however this hasn’t stopped it being some of the common household journey autos available on the market.
Regardless of its general design feeling barely outdated, it’s spacious, its options are sensible, and it drives hassle-free – exactly what households need in a automobile. That mentioned, an improve has already been launched within the US for 2021, making the 2020 model the final of its sort.
It’s truthful to say that the X-Path is due for a face elevate, however that doesn’t imply this 12 months’s Ti doesn’t do the job. Fairly the other, in reality.
The 4×4 five-seater is fitted with a 2.5-litre 16-valve 4-cylinder engine and a CVT transmission. It pushes out 126kW of energy and 226Nm of torque. Standout options embrace its panoramic sunroof, sturdy chassis, gas effectivity and beneficiant boot dimension.
Round city, the Ti’s 2WD choice is acceptable. Nevertheless, we needed to check it in its pure AWD habitat, so we put it up towards what would possibly simply be its greatest ever competitor, the Snowy Mountains of Australia.
Loaded with two people, we took off down the freeway en path to our chilly vacation spot.
Our Ti was full of two snowboards, snowboard boots and equipment, one roll-up mattress, blankets and pillows, three baggage of garments, an esky and some different ins and outs, and but we nonetheless discovered loads of room for extra.
With the second row of seats up, you get 565-litres of bags capability, and with the ‘EZ Flex’ 60:40 seat break up, you may comfortably match 945-litres. If we had children, there can be loads of house for them within the again too.
And simply in case you assume you’ve run out of room, further storage may be discovered within the boot below the ground.
Earlier than we get too far on our journey although, we cease to get gas. It’s then we actually discover the outside fashion of the 2020 X-TRAIL has not modified a lot because the third-generation mannequin again in 2013.
It’s nonetheless styled with its U-shaped chrome entrance bumper, chunky bonnet and cat-eye formed headlights.
What has modified is the addition of 19-inch alloy wheels, fitted with P225/55 R19 all-season tyres, LED daytime working lights, LED headlights with auto-levelling, LED taillights, and a number of exterior parking advert security cameras.
It has roof rails and cargo tie-down hooks, that are handy and simple to make use of.
Settling into the following leg of our journey, we begin to assess the Ti’s inside. Purely judging the X-TRAIL on its outdated cabin, you see why the 2021 model is well timed. But its hard-wearing and durable inside does really feel acceptable.
The centre dashboard is somewhat chunky in case you evaluate Nissan’s know-how to the Peugeot 5008 or Skoda Kodiaq, and it doesn’t really feel high quality, even whether it is. In saying that, Nissan does guarantee no element is missed.
Our seats got here in material, however black leather-accented trim or tan leather-based can be an choice. The driving force’s seat is provided with 6-way power-adjustable choices and a therapeutic massage system.
As we strategy the mountains, the surface temperature will get colder, and the Ti’s heated back and front seats and heated steering wheel, are a saviour. The twin air con system works nicely, and it even comes with heated and cooled centre console cup holders.
The 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment show display screen constructed into the centre console is comparatively small, and the graphics might be higher. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto don’t come within the X-TRAIL both.
You simply get the usual satellite tv for pc navigation with visitors monitoring, Bluetooth hands-free telephone system, and DAB+ radio, all linked to 8-speaker Bose premium audio system.
The X-TRAIL’s new Superior Drive-Help Show on the dashboard provides you entry to all the Ti’s data, adjusted by easy-to-use steering wheel controls. Once more, practicality trumps fashion right here.
The data is evident and easy to navigate, however you’ll not discover any 3D graphics, flashing lights or fancy options.
Coming into the final leg of a drive, we hit some hills and corners. Travelling alongside the freeway at 100km/hr is comfy, and the CVT transmission is easy. However when approaching hills or overtaking highway trains, the Ti does battle to speed up.
We do need to do not forget that flying down the freeway at prime speeds shouldn’t be its forte although, so the second we hit these icing roads, we flick it into 4×4 and let the hill descent management do its job. It’s a task it performs fairly nicely.
It’s not overpowering, however you are feeling in management and secure. No a part of our journey required us to tow or pull something both, however on that entrance, the X-TRAIL Ti is barely providing 1,500kg braked towing capability.
The X-TRAIL has a 5-star ANCAP ranking. Entrance, front-side and side-curtain SRS airbags and emergency braking with pedestrian detection are all profitable options. The adaptive cruise management makes for simple travelling too.
The blind spot warning is evident, and lane intervention and lane departure warning are helpful. It additionally has ahead collision warning, a rear view digicam with predictive path know-how, and an around-view monitor with shifting object detection system.
The lengthy drives meant we obtained to expertise one of the best of its gas effectivity as nicely, clocking in at roughly 8.4-litres/100km from the petrol engine.
Our automobile was wearing Marine Blue, however you can even select Ruby Crimson, Sensible Silver, Gun Metallic, Ivory Pearl, Pearl Black, or Copper Blaze. The 2020 Nissan X-TRAIL Ti hits the highway at $44,490 drive away and comes with a 5-year unlimited-kilometre guarantee.
Our check automobile was supplied by Nissan Australia. To seek out out extra concerning the 2020 Nissan X-TRAIL Ti, contact your native Nissan seller.