The Nissan X-Trail was designed to compete with the Toyota RAV4, and it follows that model's road-biased template pretty closely. The RAV4 is not quite as engaging to drive, but its interior quality is much better and it’s the more reliable car overall.
The Land Rover Freelander is another obvious rival to the X-Trail, and matches it closely in terms of on-road handling and stylish design. However, even given the X-Trail’s turbo and intercooler issues, the Freelander is still the less reliable car.
The Honda CR-V sits slightly apart from the X-Trail, because it’s bigger and less overtly sporting. On top of this, it also took Honda longer to get a diesel model in the range, leaving buyers of older CR-Vs stuck with petrol power and nothing else. It’s a very practical car, though, with exceptional build quality and reliability.
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