Nissan’s X-Trail has been a popular choice in the seven-seat S UV sector, with 110,000 models sold in Europe since its launch in 2014. But owners have been craving a more powerful engine option and, after two years, the wait is finally over, as Nissan has dropped in a new 175bhp 2.0- litre diesel to attract those who discounted the X-Trail for not having enough grunt.
As well as the extra power, the new engine produces a useful 380Nm of torque – 60Nm up on the 1.6 dCi diesel. Outright performance is adequate, but not exceptional. The sprint from 0-62 mph takes 9.4 seconds – just over a second faster than the 1.6 – but that figure doesn’t highlight the useful in-gear overtaking punch on offer. While it never feels brisk, the new model does seem a little more eager than the 1.6.
Under load, the 2.0-litre doesn’t sound quite as refined as the 1.6, with noticeable clatter as the revs build up. It shouldn’t be a deal-breaker, though, and once up to speed the 2.0 dCi X-Trail is just as subdued as the smaller-engined model.
Efficiency figures don’t suffer too badly, either – our 4WD manual model’s claimed 48.7mpg compares reasonably well with 52.3mpg in a similar spec 1.6-litre diesel, while the larger engine emits 10g/km more CO2, at 153 g/km. You also get a further 150 kg of towing capacity, which is a bonus.
The new engine has no obvious effect on the handling, so the X-Trail is still a tidy and composed drive,with slick controls and a good balance between comfort and body control. Our Tekna-spec model costs £1,250 more than an equivalent 1.6-litre diesel, which is a little steep, but buyers can spec the new engine across the range, and can choose between two or four-wheel drive and a CVT auto gearbox if desired.
Nissan X-Trail 2.0 dCi 177 Tekna
Adding a 2.0-litre diesel to the X-Trail’s line-up should satisfy buyers who want extra performance. It feels slightly more urgent than the 1.6, and if you’re carrying six passengers it won’t go unnoticed. For those who don’t use the X-Trail’s full load capacity, the more refined 1.6 diesel is still a fine choice.