Ratings: Nissan X-Trail build quality and features, high score for safety

Shaun · Mar 13, 2020 11:53 AM

Nissan X-Trail

The Proton X70 and Mazda CX-5 set the benchmark for build quality in the segment. Now, we’ll dissect the locally assembled Nissan X-Trail in terms of build quality and its features through the WapCar Ratings system.

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2019 Nissan X-Trail Paint Thickness (unit: μm)
Location Driver Side Passenger Side
Front Bonnet 109 -
Front Fender 119 121
Front Doors 107 94
Rear Doors 109 100
C-Pillar 115 102
Tailgate - -
Roof 98 -
Average Paint Thickness: 107.4 μm


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2019 Nissan X-Trail Panel Gaps (unit: mm)
Location Driver Side Passenger Side Difference
Bonnet 3 1.5 1.5
Front Fender 5 3.5 1.5
Front To Rear Door 4 4.5 0.5
Rear Door To C-pillar 4 3.5 0.5
Tailgate 5 5 0

Build quailty of the 2019 Nissan X-Trail

Build quality is passable, but certainly not up there with the Proton X70’s solidity. Paint thickness averaged in the 100s while panel gaps on the frontal area have a 1.5 mm discrepancy between opposite sides, penalizing the build quality.

Nissan X-Trail panel gap & paint thickness

2019 Nissan X-Trail Exterior Material Use
Test Area Item  Result
Bonnet Sound Proofing Material Thick
Struts Manual
Front Fenders  Sound Proofing Material Yes
Doors Front Windows Single Glazed
Rear Windows Single Glazed
Construction Multiple
Tailgate/Boot Opening Manual


Features in the 2019 Nissan X-Trail

Inside, the driver seat gets an 8-way power adjustment feature. Nissan calls the seats Zero Gravity, allowing occupants to sink into the seats like a couch at home.

Nissan X-Trail interior

2019 Nissan X-Trail Cabin Material Use
Test Area Item  Result
Seat Seat Cover Leather
Armrest Armrest Cover Leather
Dashboard Upper Section Soft Plastic
Lower Section Hard Plastic
Front Doors Upper Section Soft Plastic
Middle Section Hard Plastic
Lower Section Hard Plastic

The 7.0-inch infotainment system is Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatible. Speaker count is at 6 and offers decent sound quality.

The X-Trail is equipped with 360 degree view camera, powered tailgate with motion activation (though operation is slow and sounds rough), and chilled cup holders.

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Safety equipment is generous. It gets 6 airbags, stability and traction control, plus a partial ADAS that includes Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Warning with Rear-cross Traffic Alert.

At the price of RM 145,888, the Nissan X-Trail 2.0L Mid offers good value for money given its equipment level, especially when compared to rivals like the Mazda CX-5 and Honda CR-V.

Of course, the Proton X70 is still the value champ in this segment and has a more impressive build quality than the X-Trail. It’s a commendable effort from Nissan on the X-Trail facelift, but its competition have moved forward.

2019 Nissan X-Trail Quality & Features ( 29 / 50 pts)
Item Breakdown Points
Exterior Paint Finish 2 / 3 pts
Panel Gaps 1.5 / 3 pts
Assembly Quality 1.5 / 3 pts
Interior Build Quality 2 / 3 pts
Materials Used 1.5 / 3 pts
Material Finish Quality 1.5 / 3 pts
Features Safety 8 / 10 pts
ADAS 2 / 5 pts
Luxury 2 / 5 pts
Convenience 2 / 5 pts
Infotainment 5 / 7 pts


2019 Nissan X-Trail Ratings:

2019 Nissan X-Trail 2.0L Mid Driving Performance and Comfort 

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