For It has a spacious and flexible cabin and boot, plus the option of seven seats. It’s cheaper to buy and run than most direct rivals, and comes with plenty of standard equipment.
Against Body control is sloppy and refinement is merely average. Many rival SUVs have a wider range of engines to choose from.
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The Nissan X-Trail is a great option if you’re after an SUV that’s designed for family motoring, and you’re not worried about it being merely okay to drive.
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There are 7 Nissan X-Trail versions available
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The X-Trail comes with a 1.6-litre diesel engine and with front- or four-wheel drive. Unless you regularly drive in muddy or icy conditions, the front-wheel-drive version is likely to be more than adequate.
Front-wheel-drive models are available with an optional CVT automatic gearbox (the 4WD cars come only with a manual ’box), which is good for gentle cruising and suits the laid-back nature of the X-Trail. The gearbox allows the engine to rev noisily when you need a burst acceleration, though, and its gearchanges can be slow.
Whether you opt for the seven-seat option is down to your requirements. The five-seat model has a sizeable underfloor storage area in place of the two flat-folding rearmost seats, but both versions have usefully big boots and sliding middle-row seats.
If you can live without factory-fitted sat-nav, Acenta is the trim to go for because it gets loads of luxuries at a reasonable price.