The chunky looks will appeal to some, and it has a practical cabin. Most versions are well priced, and there should be discounts on offer to make it even more affordable
Rivals are more comfortable and refined, plus the steering is vague and the boot fairly small.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
The 1.6-litre petrol engine isn’t especially rapid, but it’s adequate if most of your journeys are in and around town. If not, you’re better off with the 1.4-litre turbo petrol; this delivers a bit more pull from low revs and its power keeps on coming until beyond 5000rpm. The 128bhp 1.7 diesel is also fairly strong, but only if you keep the revs above about 2000rpm.
Ride & Handling
You wouldn't expect a small SUV to be the last word in dynamic brilliance, but the Trax still falls a long way short of the class norm. Even minor imperfections in the road surface can be felt in its cabin, while larger bumps really thump through the car. The benefit of this firm suspension set-up is decent body control through bends. However, the steering is very numb, which means it doesn't give you any confidence when cornering.
The 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine gets thrashy at higher revs, while the 1.7-litre diesel sounds gruff at all speeds and transmits vibrations into the cabin. The Trax also lets in a lot of road noise at all speeds, whichever engine you choose, and its manual gearbox has a notchy shift.