Wednesday 18 October 2017

Smaller engines power Nissan's new X-Trail and Juke

Nissan X-Trail
Nissan X-Trail
Nissan Juke

Eddie Cunningham, Motoring Editor

NISSAN'S new X-TRAIL - the only seven-seater in its line-up now - will cost from €29,995 ex-works.

Unveiled here yesterday with a 1.6-litre diesel engine that replaces the old 2-litre, it falls into the €270-a-year road-tax bracket.

Also here is a revised Juke (lot more boot room) and a great little 1.2-litre petrol engine (€270 road tax). That version costs from €20,595 ex-works. The 1.6-litre SE version costs from €19,295.

Standard equipment (Visia trim) on the new

X-Trail (seven seats are optional) includes air con, 5ins colour monitor display, four speakers, speed limiter/cruise control, 17ins alloys, Hill Start Assist, sliding rear bench, electric windows, six airbags, spare wheel, etc.

Acenta spec adds dual automatic air con, front fogs, rain sensing wipers, six speakers, auto headlamps, electric/folding mirrors.

The X-Trail is a much different looking motor to the old one and it has been said it has moved towards being a 'large Qashqai'.

There's a lot of room with a nicely laid-out cabin and great driving position.

The most surprising element was the 1.6-litre diesel engine.

I thought it would be underpowered in this large vehicle but it most certainly was not and pulled away manfully.

It goes to show the level of power that can be generated these days.

The smaller engine in the Juke is fun.

This is the first time it has had this 1.2-litre petrol. I have to say it brings a bit of fun and pzazz.

The car itself has got a minor facelift.

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