Opel Frontera 1998 vs Nissan X-Trail 2003

Opel Frontera
1998 - 2002
Nissan X-Trail
2003 - 2006
Gearbox: AutomaticManual
Engine: 2.2 Diesel2.2 Diesel
Camshaft drive: Timing chainTiming chain


Power: 115 HP136 HP
Torque: 260 NM314 NM
Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 15.8 seconds11.5 seconds
Nissan X-Trail is a more dynamic driving.
Opel Frontera engine produces 21 HP less power than Nissan X-Trail, whereas torque is 54 NM less than Nissan X-Trail. Due to the lower power, Opel Frontera reaches 100 km/h speed 4.3 seconds later.

Fuel consumption

Fuel consumption (l/100km): 9.57.2
Real fuel consumption: 9.4 l/100km8.0 l/100km
The Nissan X-Trail is a better choice when it comes to fuel economy.
By specification Opel Frontera consumes 2.3 litres more fuel per 100 km than the Nissan X-Trail, which means that if you drive 15,000 km in a year, the Opel Frontera could require 345 litres more fuel.
By comparing actual fuel consumption based on user reports, Opel Frontera consumes 1.4 litres more fuel per 100 km than the Nissan X-Trail.
Fuel tank capacity: 75 litres60 litres
Full fuel tank distance: 780 km in combined cycle830 km in combined cycle
940 km on highway960 km on highway
790 km with real consumption750 km with real consumption

Drive type

Wheel drive type: All wheel drive (AWD, 4x4)4x4 - AWD (all-wheel-drive)


Average engine lifespan: 440'000 km440'000 km
Engine resource depends largely on regular maintenance and the quality of the oils and fuels used.
Engine production duration: 4 years6 years
Engine spread: Installed on at least 2 other car models, including Opel Omega, Opel SintraInstalled on at least 3 other car models, including Nissan Almera, Nissan Primera, Nissan Almera Tino
In general, the longer and for more car models an engine is produced, the better its serviceability and availability of spare parts. Nissan X-Trail might be a better choice in this respect.
Hydraulic tappets: yesno
The Opel Frontera engine has hydraulic tappets (lifters), providing quieter operation and no need for periodic adjustment, but they are more complex in design and can cause serious engine damage in case of failure.


Length: 4.66 m4.51 m
Width: 1.79 m1.76 m
Height: 1.74 m1.68 m
Opel Frontera is larger.
Opel Frontera is 15 cm longer than the Nissan X-Trail, 3 cm wider, while the height of Opel Frontera is 6 cm higher.
Trunk capacity: 389 litres410 litres
Trunk max capacity:
with rear seats folded down
1790 litres1841 litres
Nissan X-Trail has more luggage space.
Despite its longer length, Opel Frontera has 21 litres less trunk space than the Nissan X-Trail. This could mean that the Opel Frontera uses more space in the cabin, so the driver and passengers could be more spacious and comfortable. The maximum boot capacity (with all rear seats folded down) is larger in Nissan X-Trail (by 51 litres).
Turning diameter: 11.5 meters10.6 meters
The turning circle of the Opel Frontera is 0.9 metres more than that of the Nissan X-Trail, which means Opel Frontera can be harder to manoeuvre in tight streets and parking spaces.
Gross weight (kg): 2`5102`050
Safety: no data
below average

Nissan X-Trail has fewer problems.
According to annual technical inspection data Opel Frontera has serious deffects in 235 percent more cases than Nissan X-Trail, so Nissan X-Trail quality is probably significantly better
Average price (€): 24002600
Pros and Cons: Opel Frontera has
  • lower price
Nissan X-Trail has
  • more power
  • more dynamic
  • lower fuel consumption
  • more full fuel tank mileage
  • roomier boot
  • better manoeuvrability
  • fewer faults
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