Nissan Motor Co.’s brand new X-TRAIL SUV was awarded four stars out of a maximum five for adult, as well as child, occupant protection by the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP).
Following the safety lead set by the Nissan Qashqai - which received the highest score for adult occupant protection ever by the independent crash test organization - the X-TRAIL scored especially well in child protection, underlining its role as an ideal family vehicle. X-TRAIL is one of only two vehicles on record to score 43 points for child protection, the maximum yet achieved in Euro NCAP tests.
The vehicle also scored maximum points in side impact and pole crash tests for adult protection.
X-TRAIL, which is manufactured at Nissan’s plant in Kyushu, Japan, has active and passive safety equipment including front, side and curtain airbags.
The passenger compartment remained stable during the impact. Protection of the driver’s neck was rated as ’weak’ because of the extent to which it was bent backwards in the test. Structures in the dashboard presented a risk of injury to the knees and femurs of the driver and passenger.
The X-Trail scored maximum points in the side impact and pole tests.
Maximum points were scored for the protection of the three year old, based on dummy responses in the frontal and side impacts. The presence of ISOFIX anchorages in the rear outboard seats was not clearly marked.
The front edge of the bonnet scored no points for its protection of pedestrians’ legs. The bonnet offered predominantly poor protection to adults’ heads.
The second generation X-TRAIL was introduced in Europe in June 2007. Among its features are greater interior space than its predecessor, great comfort and a wider choice of engine options. It also features Nissan’s latest electronically-controlled four-wheel drive system, making X-TRAIL far more capable off-road than many of its SUV rivals.