I have just picked up my X trail from a Cambridge dealer even though I live in West Yorkshire. Why?...because I managed to save almost £7k off the list price. The 160 mile drive back home allowed me to get to know the car faster than usual. It must be said, I am very impressed. The 2.0 diesel engine has plenty of oomph!
I used to have the SE+ in 2002 and the improvement is phenominal. Great specification including Sat Nav, 6 disc CD system, bluetooth handsfree phone setup. Slightly puzzling is the six, yep count 'em, six cupholders in the front, I don't think it matters how far I'm driving, I couldn't drink that much! One slight issue relates to the auto box. Although its a very smooth change,
I did notice that 6th gear doesn't engage until 76mph. Not ideal on a 70mph speed limit. The simple way round is to knock the lever over to manual and shift into 6th, helps with the fuel economy. I bought this vehicle as I have bought a caravan and will be towing this year. I'm hoping that the auto box combined with the cruise will be a great combination.
I will update this review during the course of the year to include the towing feedback.
I replaced my problem ridden 2007 Honda CRV after the Differential had to be replaced with Nissan’s Special Edition Arctix Expedition X-Trail 2.0 Diesel (171bhp). I have driven my X-Trail 3000 miles and so far it has proven to be faultless.
The SUV is bigger and better than the old model. The cabin is roomy for 5 adults, with lots of storage places, including a large boot, with a split level system with drawers. It is a very comfortable SUV to drive on and off road, with many extras as standard.
Towing a fully laden caravan (1390kg) in automatic i4x4 drive is excellent, as there is no discernable pitching effect. Even the hand brake is effective on this reincarnation. In fact it makes towing a less onerous task.
Economy is 37 - 40 mpg when solo and when towing it is around 23 – 25 mpg. However, if you put your foot hard down on to the accelerator, the above figures quickly diminish.
If you want a good all round SUV that is excellent on tarmac as well as off road, comfortable to drive, the X-Trail should be a consideration
have completed 800 miles,adventura explorer 150 diesel,goes ok,steering ok,but have big problem with towing trailers,the ride for driver and passenger is awful,you know all too well that there is a trailer on the back.as I show vintage engines at rallies the load and ride of the trailer is a known factor,one trailer loaded is 400 kilos another about 800 kilos,plus a third twin axle at 1400 kilos,the trailers ride straight and tow up to 60 mph ok its just the rough bumpy ride felt in the vehicle,any one had similar problems,have tried variety of tyre pressures and nose load.one good point the rear camera makes backing up to trailer very easy.wish the satnav took post codes.the tray under boot floor is great for tool /tow rope storage.Fourwheel drive is good it towed a trailer across a very wet showsite field in auto mode without any noticeable wheelslip.
I have had it for a week today. there is a jerk as the automatic gear changes, like a thump from behind. it disappears at the dealers garage, then plays up again when they re not around. still cant figure out how to operate roof rack headlights. but the car is smooth, fixture is good, i have a different model in egypt to the car displayed here...there is a very handy sort of extra glove compartment for the driver with power supply handy for my ipod or mobile phone. the insturment panel in the middle of dash board needs getting used to> not bad though, much smoother than my previous cherokee.
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