2014 Nissan X-Trail Review

The Nissan X-Trail has grown by leaps and bounds and it's now considered a full sized SUV. This transformation has made it a big time favorite in Kenya especially for people who are looking for an affordable 7-seater SUV. The Toyota Vanguard was dominant in this category but it went out of production in 2013 leaving the X-Trail and the Mitsubishi Outlander as the only other 7-seaters in this category.

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Detailed Review

The Nissan X-Trail is a compact crossover SUV that has been in production for three generation since 2000. It has become quite popular in the Kenyan market and it’s now one of the best selling medium sized SUV’s. The first generation known as the T30 was in production from 2000 to 2007, the second generation known as the T31 was in production from 2007 to 2015 and the third generation known as the T32 has been in production from 2013 to present.

2014 Nissan X-Trail

The 2014 Nissan X-Trail comes with a 2.0L MR20DD petrol engine that is linked to an Extronic CVT and available in both 2WD and 4WD.


  • Spacious Interior
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Seven seater capacity
  • Affordable to buy and maintain

2014 Nissan X-Trail Grades

  1. Nissan X-Trail 20X –  2WD or 4WD, 2 or 3 rows, 17 Inch Alloy Rims
  2. Nissan X-Trail 20X Emergency Brake Package–  2WD or 4WD, 2 or 3 rows, 17 Inch Alloy Rims, Emergency Brakes
  3. Nissan X-Trail 20X Extremer X – 4WD, 2 or 3 rows, 18 Inch Alloy Rims, off-road package, front overrider, undercover protection, large front fog lamps.
  4. Nissan X-Trail 20X Extremer X Emergency Brake Package – 4WD, 2 or 3 rows, 18 Inch Alloy Rims, off-road package, front overrider, undercover protection, large front fog lamps, emergency brakes.

2014 Nissan X-Trail Interior
The Nissan X-Trail has taken its interior space a notch higher by adding the much desired third row seats. It can now seat 7 passengers which brings it at par with the outgoing Toyota Vanguard. The first and second rows are spacious while the third row is moderately spaced and is ideal for children.

2014 Nissan X-Trail First Row

2014 Nissan X-Trail second row

2014 Nissan X-Trail Exterior
The X-Trail ditches the boxy body for a more smooth and curvier form. The standard grades come with 17-Inch alloy rims while the off-road themed Extremer X comes with 18-Inch alloy rims and an extra body styling.

2014 Nissan X-Trail Rear

Cabin Storage
At the first row, it comes with 4 cup-holders, a storage shelf on the dashboard, glovebox, center-box, and door pockets. At the second row, there are 2 cup-holders in the armrest compartment, front seat pockets and door pockets. At the third row, there are two cupholders on the wheel arch compartment

2014 Nissan X-Trail cupholders

2014 Nissan X-Trail rear cupholders

2014 Nissan X-Trail Boot Space
In the 5-seater setup, the boot is humongous and can carry luggage enough for a family of five with room to spare. In the 7-seater setup, the boot is small and cannot carry any meaningful luggage.

2014 Nissan X-Trail Boot Space

Extras: Bluetooth connectivity, sunroof, leather seats

2014 Nissan X-Trail Dashboard

2014 Nissan X-Trail Fuel Consumption
2014 Nissan X-Trail 2.0L Fuel Consumption: 16.4 km/L

2014 Nissan X-Trail 2.0L accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 10.8 secs.

2014 Nissan X-Trail

2014 Nissan X-Trail Fuel Tank Capacity: 65 Litres

2014 Nissan X-Trail Ground Clearance
The 2014 Nissan X-Trail has a ground clearance of 8.3 Inches. This is very good ground clearance and you will comfortably drive in Kenya without worrying about speed bumps and potholes.

2014 Nissan X-Trail Ground Clearance

2014 Nissan X-Trail Service Schedule
Minor Service: At 10,000 km. Requires Air Cleaner, Oil Filter, and Engine Oil
Major Service: At 15,000km. Requires Air Cleaner, Oil Filter, Fuel Filter, ATF Filter, Cabin Filter, Plugs, Front Brake Pads, Rear Brake Pads, ATF Oil, and Engine Oil

2014 Nissan X-Trail Engine

2014 Nissan X-Trail Reliability
The Nissan X-Trail retains the same 2.0-LItre engine from the previous generation but with a few tweaks to improve on fuel efficiency and power. This is actually good news since MR20 engine is bulletproof in terms of reliability and one of the best we’ve seen from Nissan. The only downside is the 2.0-Litre engine is underpowered especially when the car is fully loaded. We have put together a guide for Kenyan buyers with a detailed analysis of all the engines and which one you should buy. We also give you important tips on what to look out for when buying a Nissan X-Trail. All this information is contained in the guide that’s now available for purchase on our website. click here to purchase the Nissan X-Trail Buyer’s Guide

Resale Value: Good

2014 Nissan X-Trail Competitors: Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV4Mitsubishi Outlander, Honda CR-V, VW TiguanToyota Vanguard– Refer to the Buyer’s Guide for a detailed comparison. Click here to purchase

What We Like

  • Spacious interior
  • 7-Seater capacity
  • Affordable to buy and maintain
  • Off-road capability on 4WD models
  • Good ground clearance

What We Don’t

  • Lazy acceleration

The Nissan X-Trail has grown tremendously and it’s now a full sized SUV that accommodate seven passengers. It’s ideal for people with large families who are looking for an affordable and comfortable SUV.

We advise that you read the Owner’s Manual if you are planning to own or if you currently own the Nissan X-Trail. Click here to download the Genuine Nissan X-Trail Owner’s Manual

Where to Buy the 2014 Nissan X-Trail in Kenya
If you are looking to either import or buy the X-Trail locally, we can help you with this process. Over the years, we have developed a network of trusted dealers both in Kenya and Japan who supply us with exceptional cars. Simply call us or send us a message through our contacts below and we’ll get you the right car at the right price.

2014 Nissan X-Trail in Kenya

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