2016 Nissan X-Trail Review

The Nissan X-Trail has grown to become one of the most loved SUVs in the Kenyan market as it now offers a 7-seat capacity, good handling, and reliability. The X-Trail competes with established brands such as the Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV4, Mitsubishi Outlander, Honda CR-V, VW Tiguan, and Toyota Vanguard.

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Detailed Review

The X-Trail has been in production for 4 generations since 2001. It has become quite popular in the Kenyan market and it’s now one of the bestselling medium-sized SUVs. 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 2020, and the fourth generation, which debuted in 2021.

The 2016 Nissan X-Trail comes with 7 engine options they are; 1.3 L HR13DDT I4 turbo, 1.6 L MR16DDT I4 turbo, 2.0 L MR20DD I4, 2.5 L QR25DE I4 all petrol, and 1.6 L R9M I4, 1.7 L R9N I4 2.0 L M9R I4 which are diesel.

2016 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.

Interior, Legroom & Space

The 2016 X-Trail has a premium interior with superior ergonomics and space. It boasts a big dashboard that houses entertainment and climate controls. Also in the dashboard is a 5-inch color touchscreen that displays Advanced Drive-Assist that gives the driver-vehicle information and safety system updates. The 2016 X-trail can seat 7 passengers comfortably. The first and second rows are spacious while the third row is moderately spaced and is ideal for children.

Cabin Storage

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

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.

Safety Features

Standard safety features in the 2016 X-trail include Forward Emergency Braking, Driver Attention Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Moving Object Detection, Blind Spot Warning, and High Beam Assist.


The 2016 Nissan X-Trail flaunts swathed in fluid lines that express its urban dedication. Although it is frequently confused with its younger sibling, the Qashqai, the X-trail is considerably larger than the Qashqai, measuring 4,640mm compared to 4,380mm for the Qashqai.

Its big Size also results in a more beefy appearance. Moreover, the X-trail possesses a commanding presence, despite being built on the smaller Qashqai, the X-trail’s footprint appears substantially larger due to its 18-inch alloy wheels. It has an SUV design, similar to Qashqai and Pathfinder.

The 2016 X-Trail keeps the model’s trademark high-mounted taillights, but with brand-new design-featuring jewel-like lenses. Additionally, the tailgate is charmingly contemporary, and a roof spoiler is standard.

Ground Clearance

The 2016 Nissan X-trail has a ground clearance of 210mm, which gives it good off-road capability.

Fuel Consumption

It consumes 5.3 to 8.3L/100km

Fuel Tank Capacity

65 liters


The Nissan X-Trail has undergone tremendous changes over the years and can now easily accommodate 7 passengers. The X-Trail is an ideal car for people who have large families and are in search of an affordable and reliable SUV.

Related: 2015 Nissan X-Trail Review

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