Deal of the day: Nissan X-Trail

  •  Big savings on the new seven-seat X-Trail
  •  1.6-litre diesel is frugal and relaxing
  •  Mid-range Acenta comes with plenty of standard kit

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We scour the internet broker sites to bring you big discounts on new cars every week. The brokers work with UK main dealers to offer these savings on the latest models.

The car: Nissan X-Trail 1.6 dCi Acenta 7st
The saving: £4011
The discounted price: £21,483
The broker: coast2coastcars.co.uk

For
The Nissan X-Trail is a large SUV but it doesn't drive too much like one. It has soft suspension that absorbs imperfections from the road surface well, and light controls that make driving the X-Trail easy in town.

If you need the size but, like most X-Trail owners, won’t spend much time off-road then the two-wheel-drive version in this deal is a great choice. The lone engine in the line-up, a 1.6-litre diesel, delivers 129bhp and 236lb ft of pulling power, and returns 57.8mpg.

There's plenty of space up front and good adjustment for the seats and steering wheel, so getting comfortable is easy. The middle-row seats slide and recline and also have loads of room for passengers. The two seats at the back are are suitable only for kids.

The X-Trail is competitively priced, even before this deal is taken into account. Its resale values are also strong. Additionally, the X-Trail will cost less to run and tax than rivals such as the Hyundai Santa Fe and Mitsubishi Outlander.

Against
The X-Trail may be good at cruising around in comfort but drive more enthusiastically and its limitations begin to show. The engine is powerful enough when on boost but fall too low below this point and it feels lethargic. It’s also gruff when accelerating and doesn’t fully die away when at steady speed.

Show it a corner and the X-Trail will lean heavily, and if you hit a bump the car wobbles a little before settling. It all adds up to a less-than-composed driving experience.

Equally, it’s irritating that, despite generally good equipment levels, you have to pick one of the higher-spec models to get DAB radio and a touch-screen sat-nav.

Should I add any options?
Stick to Acenta trim and you get most of the goodies you’ll ever need, including climate control, front and rear parking sensors, a sunroof, and auto lights and wipers.

You might want to consider upgrading to n-tec trim because this brings extra safety gear, a DAB radio and satellite-navigation.

What next?
Head to coast2coastcars.co.uk and select Nissan and X-Trail to see the full range of deals available.

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