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What Car? says

5 out of 5 stars

For The X-Trail is fine on- and off-road, has space for the family and is well built

Against Its petrol engines need more pulling power, and the Tonka-toy design isn’t very stylish

Verdict It's among best of its type - competent on- and off-road, practical and well equipped

Go for… Any diesel

Avoid… 2.0 petrol

Nissan X-Trail 4x4
  • 1. Check the timing chains on diesel engines were fixed by a recall. They will rattle if not
  • 2. The X-Trail has excellent ride and handling on-road, and it's pretty good off-road, too
  • 3. Go for a diesel, preferably the dCi unit that was introduced in early 2004
  • 4. Original entry S trim had no air-con, side airbags or CD player. Go for Sport or SE+ on early models, or any of the better-equipped model from early 2004
  • 5. Servicing and insurance costs are low for the class. Fuel economy is also good as long as you go for the diesel
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