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Here is a comparison between the Honda CR-V and the 2010 Nissan X-Trail. The X-Trail reviewed here has been around since 2007 but has been updated in 2010 with the new CVT gearbox and other refinements.

While very similar to the previous model (1st generation) the latest X-Trail in terms of specification has all the criteria for being a best seller. However we think there are a few things holding it back. However the 2011 model update sees a significant revamp of the models and it certainly rates higher in our preferred list than the original release. There will be a 2WD only version version which overlaps with the higher range Nissan Dualis. However the 2WD only X-Trail uses a smaller 2.0 litre engine which means more revs to get going - but the CVT should make things easier if you want to pay extra.

Read on to see what we think. 


Nissan X-Trail
VS
Honda CRV

In terms of design the exterior of the X-Trail is very different to the rest of the small SUV class. It has a unique style doesn't try to be traditionally stylish at the same time it looks OK. The latest 2010 updates include alloys wheels (not shown about) that look great and add to the 'funky' appearance. The X-Trail also appears bigger than the CRV.

The quality of materials used for the interior of the X-Trail is a tad disappointing. They feel and look tough and are NOT flimsy or poor quality just commercial grade rather than family grade. As a result there are things you don't normally see in this class. Namely rubber and plastic floors but includes hidden under floor drawers are a nice touch. These materials mean that the X-Trail is very useful but easy scratched.

If you can live with interior and exterior design than the X-Trail has what we think is one of the most versatile package in the entire class.

 

 

 
Last known pricing (RRP)

NOT including on roads, discounts etc...
AUGUST 2010

Honda CR-V
2010 $30,990 - 42,790 AUD

Nissan X-Trail
2010 $32,990 - 45,240 AUD
2011 $28,490 - 45,240 AUD

 


 

The squared design means that there is useful space and the flat load area with equally flat folding seats make this a very luggage or travel friendly car. There are lots of covered storage points around the cabin the near perfect location of the drinks holder and the rear trays. Only the top range Ti models do you feel like you're getting your money's worth in this regard. Everything seems hard wearing enough though. Mind you this interior let down applies to most Nissan vehicles lately. In terms of interior packaging and utility - but not looks, the X-Trail is probably and easily the most family friendly small SUV at the time we wrote this, yes much better than the CRV.

We can't say much about the performance of the X-Trail since we haven't driven the updated CVT version yet.  However based on the specifications it looks like a novel car to drive. The petrol version has a CVT rather than a regular automatic. The diesel engine has the option of a regular 6 speed gearbox. So speculation based on specifications the X-Trail, due to basically infinite gears in the auto version would be a decent performer.

The X-Trail has switchable AWD system which no doubt helps its off-road capability, and what Nissan points out in its marketing. It normally runs in 2wd and you can select automatic mode or Lock mode. Brilliant for on or off-road driving. The system is superior to the CRV.

The X-Trail is the SUV to pick if you want a car with a more useful interior and funky exterior, want more off road ability and lots of driving aids and a powerful diesel engine than this car is for you. If you want a nicer looking car which is one of the factors in choosing our next car then there are other models to look at.

Honda CR-V Nissan X-Trail (T31)

Engines  
IL 4 Cylinder (K24Z1)
IL 4 Cylinder petrol
DOHC VTEC EFI
2.4 Litre (2354cc)
Claimed 125Kw @ 5800RPM
Claimed 218Nm @ 4200RPM
 
IL 4 Cylinder (QR25)
IL 4 Cylinder petrol
DOHC VVT EFI
2.5 Litre (2488cc)
Claimed 125Kw @ 6000RPM
Claimed 226Nm @ 4400RPM

IL 4 Cylinder (XX)
IL 4 Cylinder petrol
DOHC VVT EFI
2.0 Litre (1998cc)
Claimed 102Kw @ 6000RPM
Claimed 195Nm @ 4400RPM

IL 4 Cylinder Turbo Diesel (M9R)
IL 4 Cylinder diesel
Direct Injection Common Rail EFI
2.0 Litre (1995cc)
Claimed 127Kw @ 5200RPM
Claimed 360Nm @ 2800RPM (Manual)
Claimed 320Nm @ 2800RPM (Auto)

 

Weight  
1580 - 1630Kg
Towing capacity up to 1500kg
1550 - 1719Kg
Towing capacity up to 1400kg
Fuel capacity & consumption  
Up to 58 litres
IL4 Petrol 10 Lts per 100km AVG (Auto)
Up to 65 litres
IL4 Petrol 9.3Lts per 100km AVG (CVT)
IL4 Petrol 9.5Lts per 100km AVG (Auto)
IL4 Diesel 8.1Lts per 100km AVG (Auto)
IL4 Diesel 7.4Lts per 100km AVG (Manual)
Other specifications  
6 speed manual or 5 speed Auto
Overall Height/Width 1680/1820
Overall Length/Wheelbase 4565/2605
4WD system: On-demand AWD
ANCAP Safety: 4/5
6 speed manual or 6 speed Auto or CVT
Overall height/Width 1685/1785
Overall length/Wheelbase 4630/2630
4WD system: Selectable 2WD or AWD
ANCAP Safety: 4/5
Capability  
Angle of: (degrees)
Approach xx
Departure xx
Breakover xx
Ground clearance (unloaded) 185mm
Water Fording depth xxmm Max
(The higher number the better potential 4WD capability but there is more to a good 4WD than just these figures)
Angle of: (degrees)
Approach xx
Departure xx
Breakover xx
Ground clearance (unloaded) 220mm
Water Fording depth xxmm Max
(The higher number the better potential 4WD capability but there is more to a good 4WD than just these figures)
Performance Performance

Petrol
0-100Kph:10 secs

Diesel (auto)
0-100Kph:12.5 secs
 
Pricing  
2010 $30,990 - 42,790 AUD
*Always check with the dealer for up to date pricing, specifications, on-road costs, accessories and specials etc.. everything as usual is subject to change!
 
2010 $32,990 - 45,240 AUD
2011 $28,490 - 45,240 AUD
*Always check with the dealer for up to date pricing, specifications, on-road costs, accessories and specials etc.. everything as usual is subject to change!


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