We’re all for a getaway from the bustle of town, and whenever the opportunity hits, we’re likely to snag it. Alas, the journey is made that much more enjoyable when coupled with a car that can do our bidding. The all-new 2019 Nissan X-Trail is a top-rated crossover that’s practically begging for a weekend of camping, and here’s why.
Let’s get down to the nitty gritty. While the X-Trail is excellent for the ever-so-often carpool, there’s no denying it was built with a bit of off road in mind. Thanks to a standard all-wheel drivetrain with a built-in 4×4 system—which Nissan aptly refers to as Intelligent 4×4—a little dirt won’t hurt this chassis.
This crossover’s engine options prove that efficiency and ruggedness are not mutually exclusive. Choose between a 1.6-liter turbodiesel, 1.6-liter turbocharged petrol and 2.0-liter diesel, all of which will take the journey with grace. All the while, a maximum 57.6 MPG means you can drive further with less stops along the way.
The steering is of a high echelon, too. An Active Ride Control system utilises engine braking to smooth out any unforeseen bumps in the road, all so you can reach your campsite with greater ease.
What makes a camp-friendly vehicle just that? For starters, space does. The X-Trail is a roomy ride, able to squeeze up seven people within its confines, and do so comfortably. More compact models manage a solid five, which is great for those with a handful of friends to tote around. Whether you choose to dress your seats in Graphite cloth, Cream leather or another style is your own choosing.
When camping, we know that headcount is not the only thing that matters. Moreover, the more people you bring, the more bags you’re packing, which can make the matter more complicated. Luckily, the five-seater X-Trail manages a hearty 565 litres of cargo storage space when all seats are in place. Lower them down and you’re boosting your boot’s oomph to nearly 2,000 litres.
A 50/50 split-folding third-row seat only makes the X-Trail crossover more versatile than we could have ever imagined. So too does the lowering cargo floor and underfloor storage space, two unique features that simplify any outdoor adventure.
Entertainment is key, even (or, perhaps, especially) when camping. The optional NissanConnect Evo ensures access to your favorite tunes, podcasts and more. So too does it give you the navigation you need at a moment’s notice. When paired with the Premium Bose® sound system, you’ll never look at your favorite album the same way again.
In the latest X-Trail lies an available heated leather steering wheel as well as independent temperature controls. This keeps the bickering at bay with the family (though we can’t help it if your teens are itching to start a fight).
Weekend camping is about connecting with friends and family. But the Nissan X-Trail makes sure not to forget about the driver, too. A five-inch colour display smack dab in the middle of your vantage point gives way to a range of valuable information, not the least of which is tyre pressure, driver assistance and the state of your Intelligent 4×4 system.
For weekend warriors of Inverness and beyond, no ordinary wagon will do. With a crossover as adept, spacious and packed with goodies as the latest Nissan X-Trail, you’re hard-pressed to find anything more suited for the getaway as much as the day to day.