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Nissan X-Trail's four Euro NCAP stars

28 November 2007

The Nissan X-Trail has been awarded a disappointing four stars out of five for adult occupant protection in its Euro NCAP test.

The 4x4 was marked down because protection of the driver's neck was rated as 'weak' due to of the extent to which it was bent backwards in an impact.

In addition, structures in the dashboard were deemed to 'present a risk of injury to the knees and thigh of the driver and passenger'.

However, the X-Trail did score maximum points in the side impact and pole tests.

It also scored four stars overall for child protection, gaining maximum points for protection for a three-year old in front and side impacts, but losing marks because its ISOFIX seat mountings weren't clearly marked.

Two stars were awarded for pedestrian protection.

The front edge of the bonnet came in for particular criticism for damaging pedestrian's legs, while the main bonnet area offered poor protection to adult's heads.

The X-Trail's result is a particular disappointment to Nissan, whose Qashqai scored the highest-ever five-star Euro NCAP rating earlier this year.

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