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December 9, 2016

2016 Nissan X Trail ST AWD Review


Family SUVs are a thing in Australia these days, as well as most parts of the globe. In terms of Year-to-Date, this model is ranked fourth in the medium-SUV sales, leaving behind Hyundai Tucson, Mazda CX-5, and the Toyota RAV-4. Nissan remains consistent in selling over 1000 X-Trail units a month, meaning it is still quite popular. This article will review the cheapest variant of the model, the 2016 All Wheel Drive (AWD) ST. Read on.

About the X-Trail

The Nissan X-Trail was first introduced to the industry 15 years ago. This first generation model was joined by the likes of the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV-4, and the Subaru Forester in the crossover segment. The X-Trail offers compact dimensions, decent off-road capability, and an affordable price tag. It became a hit among people who wanted an adventurous-looking car, but not as demanding as other SUVs like the Toyota Land Cruiser.

Fast forward to over a decade, the third-generation Nissan X-Trail has bid goodbye to its predecessor’s boxy look. The latest model now sports a European-inspired aesthetic that is curvaceous and more modern to win over the style-focused city dweller.


The X-Trail ST AWD is currently priced at $33,980, plus on-road costs. You can avail the Tempest Blue version for an additional $495. Considering this is a base model, you will get along with its affordable price tag – definitely a bang for your buck.

The features include:

  • keyless entry
  • push-button start rear-view camera (no sensors)
  • automatic headlights
  • CD player
  • five-inch coloured infotainment central display
  • Bluetooth audio and phone streaming
  • cruise control
  • USB input
  • TFT driver’s information
  • telescopic and tilt adjustable steering wheel
  • two child seat (ISOFIX) anchor points (in the second row)
  • manual air-conditioning

You will also find rear air-vents, a roof-mounted eyewear holder, cooled front cup-holders, and a boot floor that can be configured in 18 ways (to adjust floor height, make shelves, and keep items). This entry-level variant will make it slightly difficult for you to tell between this base model and the mid-range ST-L. The biggest difference would be the lack of roof rails and front fog lights. Other than that, the two look almost identical.

The 17-inch alloy wheels come standard in the entry-level ST, which are far better than the ones you might find on many other models. You will also be impressed by the LED daytime lights. The spare wheel under the boot floor is definitely a space-saver.


The X-Trail has a 550-litre boot. This luggage area betters the likes of the Hyundai Tucson (488 litres) and the Mazda CX-5 (403 litres), but falls short of the Honda CR-V (556 litres). Other things to note about its interior include comfort, cleanliness, and the functionality. Its lack of a leather steering wheel and gear-shifter will remind you that it is a base model, but this is something minor.

The seats are cloth-trimmed. They are soft, supportive, and will feel like you are sitting on a couch. The driver’s seat, however, may feel like it is tilted forward a bit, even if you adjust it in its lowest setting. You will notice that most parts of the cabin are made of soft-touch plastic, which may not look as pleasant as you expect. Despite the hard plastics used around the cabin, the X-Trail is done solid, without the squeaks and rattles you usually hear.

The doors have padded arm-rests, but you can also rest your elbow in the small centre storage in the front. The second-row passengers will enjoy plenty of leg- and headroom, especially the taller passengers. The seat belt buckles seemed to be awkwardly placed because the person in the middle seat should have a skinny bum to avoid sitting on one. The good news is that the seats are split into 40/20/40, and are served by rear air-vents, so great job for Nissan.

The middle seat can serve as an armrest with cup-holders, while you can find large bottle holders in the doors. All AWD models do not have a third-row option. This means you are not capable of carrying two more passengers.


The X-Trail AWD ST features a four-cylinder, 2.5-litre petrol engine that produces 126kW of power, running at 6000rpm. It also releases 226Nm of torque, at 4000rpm. It does not take much effort to push it to your desired speed, but it will not happen quickly. The engine works with a continuously variable transmission or CVT. The ST AWD consumes around 5 litres per 100kms when running on the freeway, but runs at 8.6 litres per 100kms on mixed driving conditions.


Nissan offers a 100,000km or three-year warranty on the X-Trail, whichever comes first, along with road-side assistance and capped-priced servicing. The maintenance is required every 12 months or 10,000kms, and will cost you somewhere around $312. The servicing can last between three and six years, depending on your driving habits.


The Nissan X-Trail is a winner with its seven-seat option and cabin space. However, the AWD ST only accommodates five passengers due to the lack of a third-row option. This variant is not at all bad, but will have a slightly difficult time competing with its rivals. It does have a comfortable interior with armrests and cup/bottle holders for passengers to enjoy. It also offers a stylish design and a smooth driving experience that still make it value for money.

Also read: 2016 Mazda BT50 Review

2017 Mercedes GLS SUV (2016) Review

Luxury and style with 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLS

You can take advantage of luxury and style 7 seater car with the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLS. The SUV will be launched with further enhancements in April 2016. The GLS class comes to replace GL. More equipment is added to the brand so that it will be far better than the past versions. There will be benefits associated with exterior design changes. You can find refinements in the cabin which include 3-spoke steering wheel, tablet-style infotainment screen and redesigned center console. It has new touchpad controller.

More refinements SUV Car

There is a revised instrument cluster. Except GLS63, all models will go for automatic upgrade from 7 speed automatic transmission to 9-speed automatic transmission. The entry level in GLS comes with advanced features. These features include 20” alloy wheels, five mode dynamic select system, intelligent LED system and command online navigation system.

GLS350d and GLS350d Sport comes 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine which produces 190kW of power and 620 Nm of torque. GLS500 retains its 4.7-liter petrol V8. There are changes in terms of the glass roof, luxury front seats, second-row seats (heated), digital TV tuner and anti-theft package.

There is a big jump in power in most of the models. GLS63 comes with twin turbo engines of 5.5 liter V8 capacity. The power grows from 20kW to 430 kW. The torque remains at 760Nm. You will also find 40:60 rear bias for all-wheel drive system. For the dynamic select system, there will be sport plus driving mode.

You can go for Mercedes-Benz GLS versions with optional features. These features include off-Road Engineering pack and Airmatic suspension. In this process, the ground clearance and wading depth is very much enhanced.

Cosmetic updates

There will be internal and external updates in the new Mercedes-Benz GLS version. There will be new front and rear bumpers with the new version.

As per the new naming convention, all the vehicles will be labeled with C, E and S as per the category. These three vehicles are most well-known vehicles in their lineup. If it is GLS, it denotes S class range. Models with top specifications come with LED headlights and models with lower spec models come with bi-xenon projector lamps.

There will be more updates than changes in the car. You can expect a new steering wheel. There will be ambient cabin light options. There will be larger air intake on sides. There will be same wavy insert on the GLE. The upper edges of grill have been refined to produce bright appearance.

Exterior dimensions

2017-2016 Mercedes GLS SUV Overview Source:

2017-2016 Mercedes GLS SUV Overview Source:

The length of the vehicle is 202 inches, width is 84.3 inches, height is 72.8 inches and wheelbase is 121 inches. The car can be individualized with paints such as Diamond white and Cardinal Red. It has comprehensive range of new wheel designs.


The company offers four drivetrains in US market. In the case of Biturbo, you can take advantage of the 3.0 liter V-6. It produces 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque from 1800 rpm. GLS550 is v-8 rated and it produces 455 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. Thus, it is 20 ponies more than the outgoing model. The gasoline model comes with V-8. It generates 577 horsepower and 561 pound-feet from just 1,750 rpm.

Safety features


2017-2016 Mercedes GLS SUV Dashboard Source:

2017-2016 Mercedes GLS SUV Dashboard Source:

Mercedes-Benz GLS has numerous safety features. There are driver assistance features, cruise control, ESP, brake assist, pre-safe, crosswind assist and attention assist. The driver assistance package is optional. It includes pedestrian detection, cross-traffic assist, active lane keeping assist and speed limit assist. There will be improved night time vision with the help of LED intelligent light system. You can also opt for magic vision control system as per your convenience.



  • Redesigned infotainment panel
  • Better interiors and exteriors
  • New touchpad controller for better access and control
  • There is room for seven members in three rows of seats
  • Comes with leather interiors and wood
  • It has air ionization system


  • The price is marginally higher than its predecessors
  • Few cosmetic changes to enhance the appearance of the vehicle

Conclusion (Best 7-seater car)

2017-2016 Mercedes GLS SUV Leather Interior Source:

2017-2016 Mercedes GLS SUV Leather Interior Source:

Mercedes-Benz GLS has much competitors but one of the best 7 seater cars in the market. It has to overcome Cadillac Escalade and Audi Q7. It has broad powertrain lineup. The car comes with restyled exterior. Hence, more style is added. The cabin is updated in terms of design and technology. There will be better driving conditions with the option driver assist packages.

Best 7-Seater Cars to Buy in 2015

Best 7-Seater Cars to Buy in 2016

[This list of Best 7-Seater Cars for 2016 have been updated recently!]

Large families especially need seven seater cars to accommodate every member comfortably, and they are also ideal if you require carrying extra passenger space occasionally or if you are looking for a vehicle with a larger interior. There are several 7 seater cars on the market each offering unique style and functionality, and while they might not be sports cars, long gone are the days of clunky people carriers, modern seven-seaters are both stylish and highly functional. There are a huge array of vehicles to choose from, and selecting which model that best serves your needs can be daunting. Here then is a succinct guide to the best 7 seater cars on the Australian market for 2015.

Audi Q7



The Audi Q7 is an elegant seven-seater SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle) offering luxury, comfort and performance. It is an excellent choice if you are also considering a car that enhances your image, and the Audi Q7 comes in diesel and petrol engines that are both highly fuel-efficient. It also offers and environmentally-friendly fuel option to lower the emissions of nitrogen oxide, and features decorated interiors with a multi-media interface for better control on the road. The Audi Q7 may be a pricier option but is well worth considering.


Citroen Grand C4 Picasso



The Citroen Grand C4 Picasso is an excellent choice if you are looking for extra load space in addition to seven seats. It has near van-like space inside while avoiding the bulky image that many vans have. It has a futuristic design with eye catching features that have made it a popular choice for car buyers, and comes with a fuel efficient diesel engine with significantly lower carbon dioxide emissions per kilometre than most standard 7-seaters. All its passenger seats are foldable should you need space to carry large loads, which is impressive considering it has capacity for over a thousand eight hundred and fifty litres.

Kia Carnival

The Kia Carnival is perhaps one of the few 7 seater cars Australia has really fallen in love with. It is an affordable model and has low costs of operation and maintenance, which places it a notch higher than most of the other competing models, yet retains a spacious feel and is a reliable, comfortable and easy to drive. It also offers an extra seat bringing the number of seats to eight should you need it. The Kia Carnival is an excellent choice if you are looking for one of the most affordable yet reliable 7 seater cars on the market.

Hyundai Santa Fe

The Hyundai Santa Fe offers style combined with comfort. It comes with a 2.2 litre diesel engine, and the manual transmission model can reach a maximum of 47 mpg with its automatic counterpart managing 41 mpg. The car is one of the most affordable 7 seater cars for sale on the market today and is a serious contender for any 7-seater purchasing decision. The Santa Fe also comes with a five-year warranty which offers additional peace of mind, one minor flaw customers have commented on is the slightly less space for the rear seats which comes into play especially if travelling longer distances. Otherwise though the Santa Fe for everyday family transportation is a solid option.

Nissan X-Trail

The Nissan X-Trail is the only Nissan brand seven-seater SUV after the Nissan Qashqai was discontinued. It comes with a 128bhp, 1.6 litre diesel engine that reaches up to 60mpg, however the car is quite heavy and would have been better with more power. The Nissan X-Trail’s forte is it boasts a large interior space with a massive 445-litre boot remaining after all seven seats have been put in place, enough for even the most demanding space requirements of your 7-seater car.


The BMW X5 is a luxury end 7-seater SUV that has been well received across Europe and Australia. The car is sleek, well-engineered and reliable, and its latest version released in 2014 is longer and wider than its predecessors. It is also stable and contains premium luxury features synonymous with the BMW brand. There are three engine options from which you can choose. If you are a speed enthusiast, its turbocharged diesel engine can reach a 100km/hr from starting in a matter of 6.9 seconds, with the vehicle’s off-road performance being equally impressive. The BMW X5 is an upper market choice and represents an enviable combination of style and function.

Land Rover Discovery 4

The Land Rover has also always been popular with families seeking maximum seat and storage space, and the Discovery 4 model combines this history of excellence with comfort and power. The interiors are spacious and all; the occupants have an excellent view of the road and long gone are the days of Land Rover’s still memorable box-like design. Slightly unfortunate is the choice of 3.0 litre diesel engine which isn’t as powerful as it could, however the engine is strong enough to give the Discovery great off the road capabilities. It is a great car for long distances and has towing capabilities that few SUVs can match.

Ford S-MAX

The Ford S-MAX combines sports utility with sleek luxury to create a car that is fun to drive. It has a unique shape; a hidden chassis and a lean body cut. However, the sporty styling reduces much of the interior space and makes the third row noticeably more cramped than most of its competitors. It also has direct steering making it easier to navigate twisty roads. There are several engine options that you can choose from, and all in all it is a pretty quick model on the road and a good choice for those who are after a good-looking 7 seater car.

Volvo XC90

Volvo’s XC90 was introduced in 2003 and has changed little over the years, a fair decision as it holds an excellent record of performance year after year, and has set the pace for new competing seven seater cars introduced later. It is stable, comfortable, and ideal for long distances. There is ample room in the back for the third-row seats and an enormous boot for the luggage. The seats are supportive and comfortable, and tt retains its legacy of being extremely safe and stable on the road. One drawback is its 2.4 litre D5 engine which only reaches up to 34.4 mpg, which for 2015 is on the sluggish side, and similarly it has a poor economy rating. A new XC90 model is on the way and is expected to have better capabilities.

Renault Grand Scenic

This Grand Scenic is the eagerly awaited improvement of the Renault Scenic, featuring added interior space to carry seven people against five for its predecessor. It has a spacious total area of 2,063 litres when the rear seats have been folded down, and its 1.5 litre diesel engine has powerful capabilities of up to 68.9mpg. It has a solid build quality and is great to travel in. The only thing some buyers may think twice about is if you are looking to beat the free road tax, in which case the Renault Grand Scenic may be a less practical choice for you as it has carbon dioxide emissions of over 100g per kilometre. It is also often reported to be less practical and reliable compared to many other 7 seater cars for sale.