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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 Some rivals have stronger performance and are better to drive and cheaper to buy. The two optional rearmost seats are cramped, and it’s a shame you have to go for a high-spec model to get sat-nav.

Nissan X-Trail Crossover
44 5stars

The Nissan X-Trail is one of the best seven-seat SUVs, but if you can live without seven seats, a slightly smaller SUV such as the Nissan Qashqai will be almost as practical and better value.

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There are 7 Nissan X-Trail versions available

Crossover 1.6 dCi Visia 2WD 5dr £22,995
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Crossover 1.6 dCi Acenta 2WD 5dr £24,795
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Crossover 1.6 dCi Acenta 4WD 5dr £26,495
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Crossover 1.6 dCi n-tec 2WD 5dr £27,295
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Crossover 1.6 dCi n-tec 4WD 5dr £28,995
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Crossover 1.6 dCi Tekna 2WD 5dr £29,295
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Crossover 1.6 dCi Tekna 4WD 5dr £30,995
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5

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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 – it even has the same 2.0-tonne towing limit as the 4WD models.

Front-wheel-drive X-Trails 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 car. The gearbox allows the engine to rev noisily when you need a burst acceleration, however, and its gearchanges can be slow.

The five-seat model has a sizeable underfloor storage area in place of the two flat-folding rearmost seats in the seven-seater, but both versions have big boots and sliding middle-row seats.

Our favourite trim is Acenta, which gets lots of luxuries at a reasonable price. N-tec is also worth a look; it comes with a touch-screen sat-nav system and a digital radio.

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