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Nissan T31 X-Trail 2008 review


Overall towcar rating

*****


Key information

  • Transmission: Manual
  • Year of manufacture: 2008
  • Fuel type: Diesel
  • Engine size: 2.0litres
  • Solo fuel economy: 43 miles per gallon
  • Towing fuel economy: 30 miles per gallon
  • Kerb weight: 1720 kg
  • Nose weight: 100 kg
  • Body type: Estate

Towcar summary

What's good?

4WD, Unrivalled equipment level in its class, comfortable,economical, great storage space,bombproof quality, pulls like a train.

What's bad?

Nothing really.

Would you recommend it?

Yes

Towing performance *****

How well does it tow?

Unfussed by anything, steady, more than enough power to handle any situation.

Solo performance *****

What's it like without the caravan?

Quiet and well mannered, powerful engine and brakes, no squeaks or rattles.

Reliability *****

Anything to look out for?

Failing turbos on pre 2008 T30s.

Practicality *****

Is it easy to live with?

Totally. A vast improvement over the earlier T30.

Buying experience *****

Did you buy it new or used?

Used

Where did you buy it?

Independent showroom

What was the seller like?

Efficient and fair, although I've had no occasion to contact him over warranty issues, the car's been trouble free from the day I bought it.

 

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14 Comments

I have a T31 on a (Dec) 57 plate. I would concur with the above report. Mine is the Aventura Explorer with the 173 diesel engine. Plenty of power when you need it. I pull a 1450 kilo caravan and it will keep up with the traffic and will maintain 60 on the motorway, no problem. The Aventura has  a built in sat-nav, leather seats and cruise control, great for towing. The reversing camera is really handy for hitching up as you can see the tow ball on the screen. Having had 17 tow-cars and 8 caravans over the years (including a Jeep Cherokee) the X-Trail is definitely the best tow-car I have had.

Another vote from me for the T31.  I've had mine just over a year and am amazed at the towing economy - up to 33mpg compared with 25mpg at best with my old T30. I do find it tricky to maintain 6th year except on the motorway though, expecially if using cruise control.  5th seems better when towing and the mpg calculator doesn't seem to fluctuate between 5th and 6th. Much quieter engine too.

Can I ask a really basic question?

 

How do you know what T? type of X-Trail you have?

I have a 2011 X-Trail and nowhere in the technical spec does it mention T30, T31 or any other T number.

I'm assuming they are almost version numbers of the engines?

 

I see these referred to a lot on this site and have often wondered how you know what type you have.

Any help appreciated.

T30 was up to 2007, T31 thereafter

T30 was up to 2007, T31 thereafter

 

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CheshirePhil
Jul 03 2013 05:35 pm

You can confirm by checking the VIN number in the panel at the bottom nearside corner of the windscreen.

 

Characters 7, 8 and 9 of the VIN are T30 or T31

 

Also shown on the registration certificate (V5).

I have the prototype T31, 2ltr engine, whilst i agree that certain points are correct I have never managed yet to get over 38mpg solo and 25 mpg towing, but it has plenty of power when towing and is comfortable to drive, my only axe to grind is with their customer care which is a joke it doesn't exist, which is a shame and why i wouldn't buy another one.

Funny how the MPG figures vary, location, driving habits, towing loads, all factor in.

I have always been pleased with both xtrails economy, and would recommend either one.

We only have one car so ours isn't just a tow car but a everyday car.

I have 39mpg at the moment with local driving, showing on the average read out.

most I've ever seen is 48mpg. Solo off the motorway.

Towing 1565kg most I've ever had is 29mpg, least 24mpg.

Car is now for sale.

4WD, Unrivalled equipment level in its class, comfortable,economical, great storage space,bombproof quality, pulls like a train.Click here to view the towcar review


Addendum to that - DPF started to bother me, so had it taken off - result, 15% better economy, 40 more bhp, 60 more foot pounds of torque and no DPI purging at £200.00 a time at NMD. Cost of removal: 500 quid, which will get repaid in a year.

Funny how the MPG figures vary, location, driving habits, towing loads, all factor in.

I have always been pleased with both xtrails economy, and would recommend either one.

We only have one car so ours isn't just a tow car but a everyday car.

I have 39mpg at the moment with local driving, showing on the average read out.

most I've ever seen is 48mpg. Solo off the motorway.

Towing 1565kg most I've ever had is 29mpg, least 24mpg.

Car is now for sale.

Hope you're getting another XT.. .How many miles has the one that's for sale done?



Hope you're getting another XT.. .How many miles has the one that's for sale done?

No I've had two and can't wait for the new model to come out, I like to change before 5 years.

 

There is very little information on the new model, but believe the new model will be 7 seat, so it no use to me.

I also suspect the new model will be disappointing on the power side.

 

hopefully my new Mazda CX-5 will be collected next Friday.

 

I sold the xtrail  yesterday, someone missed a genuine bargain, on 27500 miles from new, and its been 100% reliable.

 

Dealer is putting it on at £13,995

hi,

 what a superb car,got to agree with all that has been said.

mine is an 08 plate aventura 173,and had next to nothing go wrong with it,and what has gone wrong was the fault of the  service guy.

tows my caravan 1495 kgs a dream,much better and a lot more economical than last car.. .teranno 3lt sve 03 plate

would recommend to anyone,bit pricey now.. ...but worth it.

Generally agree with what's been said, except for our towing consumption of 22mpg pulling a 1450kg Bailey brick (43 mpg solo). Maybe it's due to lots of motorway travel at 56mph - lorry speed.

I never tow in 6th gear - most unkind to the engine - let it spin.

The car's a late '07 T31 173bhp, 67000 miles, and with new rear discs as the only non-scheduled service item. Original rear tyres - need replacing due to age, not wear!

Very relaxing to drive too.

Agree with all above. Lovely car - this is my second X-Trail. T31 far more refined than pre 2007. I also find towing in 6th gear not an option except at good speeds on European Autoroutes. Mine is the 150 engine and I'm sure the 175 version is brisker. My previous 2.2 Dci was better for towing but the present model is fine. Equipment levels are superb even on my Sport Dci version. My only wish is that Nissan produced the 175 car with an automatic gear box..