Nissan X-Trail was best-selling SUV in the world in 2017

According to the latest sales stats from JATO, the Nissan X-Trail was the best-selling new SUV in the world during 2017. It topped almost one million sales.

The stats say Nissan sold some 814,496 examples of the X-Trail (also known as the Rogue in some markets), globally, making it the fourth most popular new vehicle globally during the entire year. This is up an impressive 6.5 per cent on 2016 figures.

In Australia the Mazda CX-5 has been the best-selling SUV for a while now, reporting 25,831 sales for the year against 18,955 X-Trails, according to December VFACTS figures. However, the X-Trail is offered in seven-seat form which may have helped boost overall appeal on a global scale.

It seems the CX-5 in Australia is on more of an incline though, with its annual figure up 5.2 per cent compared with 2016, compared with 0.3 per cent for the Nissan. This was no doubt helped by the launch of the new CX-5 during 2017. Nonetheless, the X-Trail was the fourth best-selling SUV in the country in 2017, behind the CX-5, Tucson (23,828), and Mitsubishi ASX (19,403).

Nissan Australia sold its 200,000th X-Trail in October last year, making it one of the most popular modern SUVs overall. Stephen Lester, Nissan Australia’s managing director, spoke about the impressive global benchmark in a statement, saying:

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“The Nissan X-Trail is one of Nissan’s best performers so it doesn’t surprise me that it has such a strong global following. Being the world’s most popular SUV is something that we, as a global business, can be very proud of. I applaud our design, engineering, technical and product teams, this sales success is thanks to them and deserved.”

The X-Trail is offered with three different engine options, spanning from a 2.0L petrol, 2.5L petrol, to a 2.0L turbo-diesel. Both front- and all-wheel drive options are on offer, along with a six-speed manual or CVT automatic, depending on the engine and trim level.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.