“Gasoline electric car” sounds like a confusing cry of marketing “experts”, who have no idea at all about how technology works. But the drive of the X-Trail (actually, we first got to know it in the Qashqai) works exactly like this in real life – smooth and brisk electric starts, quick reactions and uninterrupted acceleration, all underlined by silence. And instead of electrons from the charger, you feed the car with gasoline like any other. How is it possible?
The e-Power drive is technically a self-charging hybrid (it gets its energy by driving, not from a socket), but unlike other systems, it is a serial hybrid – so the wheels are always powered by an electric motor, the combustion unit functions only as an electricity generator. There is no gearbox here, the electronics keep the engine at the ideal speed so that the electric motor has enough juice.
And if you are now scratching your head and wondering how efficiently this strange combination of electricity and gasoline can work, then get ready for a surprise – in addition to a more comfortable ride, the X-Trail also amazes with its low consumption. The combined driving average of around 5.5 liters is even lower than the diesel. Of course, jumping around the city and quietly sailing through the districts suits him more than fast crossings on the highways (then you’re in it in about seven, which is still not terrible), and drivers with a calmer driving style and striving for a smooth ride will get the most out of it.
But that doesn’t mean you have to drive like a snail, the X-Trail can confidently handle a faster pace. But as a proper family car, it excels in comfortable driving, which is supported by extraordinary silence on board – the internal combustion engine runs at the minimum necessary revolutions and, compared to the Qashqai, it is excellently soundproofed, so you practically don’t even know about it. Only when you press the gas to the floor does it make itself known, but always only for a moment, because the electric motor immediately takes over and the speed is suddenly enough. In short, driving the X-Trail is a very pleasant affair.
And it’s pleasant to live with. The sophisticated cabin, equipped with all the necessary technologies and comfort gadgets, is spacious enough to accommodate up to seven passengers (only for the four-wheel drive version, the front wheel is strictly five-seater) and some luggage to go with it (575 liters for the five-seater version, 485 liters for a seven-seater), you will also be pleased with practical little things such as doors that open at a wide angle (for easier access to, for example, a child seat) and covering thresholds (so that you don’t get your trouser legs dirty) if you happen to go off the asphalt.
And you can easily do that, even if the 190 mm ground clearance predisposes the X-Trail to move more on fields and meadows than on rough terrain. Even in such a case, the e-4orce four-wheeler will certainly come in handy for you, which can react in a flash and transfer power between axles and individual wheels. On an unpaved surface and generally for worse adhesion, it will be priceless…
But when you look at the price list, you will find that you will pay 115 thousand more for it than for the front wheel, so if you don’t have a cottage in the mountains, you might think twice about choosing a version. Even the front wheel drives very pleasantly and has no problem with lack of power or traction on the road. It is a second slower at 100 km/h and its maximum speed is 10 km/h lower, but it should also be about a liter more economical (it also weighs a meter less). The choice is yours.
However, the Nissan X-Trail e-Power convinced us in both variants that it is a very pleasant family car, which has a lot to show off and lacks nothing – even without the diesel, thanks to the smart hybrid, you can live, trust us. Especially when you can get it for such good money now.
The Jubilee event (celebrating Nissan’s 90th birthday) running until the end of October brings the N-Connecta trim (with all the essentials and a host of pampering extras) at a deep discount: base 1.5mHEV engine with CVT transmission and front-wheel drive you can buy it for 899,900 CZK (a discount of 110,000 crowns), the hybrid e-Power in the front wheel is for 959,990 CZK (a discount of 170,000 crowns) and a hybrid four-wheeler for 1,049,990 CZK (a discount of 185,000 crowns).
|Motor||in-line three-cylinder, turbocharger, mounted across the front + electric motor|
|Displacement volume||1,497 cm3|
|Performance||116 kW (158 hp) at 4,600 rpm|
|The combined performance of the hybrid system||150 kW (204 hp) and 330 Nm|
|Standby weight||1 725 kg|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h||8,0 s|
|Maximal speed||170 km/h|
|Consumption (combination)||5.1 l/100 km|
|Fuel tank volume||55 l|
|Wheels and tires||255/45 R20|
|Dimensions (length/width/height)||4 680/1 840/1 725 mm|
|Wheelbase||2 705 mm|
|Volume of the luggage compartment||575 l|