Looked long and hard at all the four-wheel-drive compacts when I test drove the X-Trail it beat all its competition from the first look in the dealers showroom to handing it back reluctantly after the test drive.
We have owned the car (2.5 petrol sport version) now for 3 months and have not been disappointed in the slightest. Its power is superb: 0-60 in about 9-10 secs. Fuel economy returning average of 30mpg and that’s not being careful and in 4wd auto.
I have also taken it off road in a fair number of conditions, even towed a CRV out of a boggy field (with big grin on my face at the time).
Go and try one I promise you will not be disappointed.
Spot on perfick as Del Boy would say.
No complaints whatsoever about car / van (call it what you like) but don't knock it till you've tried a Freelander. I bet you come back for an X-Trail.
It pulls like a good 'un on or off road timing chain tensioner problem Re-called by Nissan seems OK now.
Comfortable to drive with there being a generous amount of cabin space, combined with what I think is a practical design.
The dash layout will not be to everyone's liking, being an unusual mix of materials and styles. As with most thing in life you get used to it!
I do a mixture of motorway/dual carraigeway, rural and farm-road driving. The car is perfect for this mix as it has reasonable off road capabilities and will sit quite happilly at motorway cruising speeds.
I have had the car for 27 months having done 42,500 miles. No mechanical problems to report. Brakes/discs needed attention at the 36,000 service.
My only gripe is the dealer.
If asked, I would certainly have another - although the new diesel Honda CRV will be strong competition.
I actually have the SE+ version, which I have to say is the best 4x4 on and off road I have had.
It's a quick, reliable, good-looking and well put together car, which I am very pleased to add had no problems other than the pull-out navigation, which broke four times (the screen shorted). This seems to have been resolved by putting the screen internal on the dash.
Big thumbs up.
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