The X-Trail is not a cheap car to run. In spite of being fractionally lighter than the previous model, the basic 2.0-litre 147bhp diesel engine has very high emissions (190g/km) and quite poor fuel economy of just 39mpg in official tests.
The 170bhp version is much better, with emissions of 168g/km and average economy of 44mpg, but the downside is that it can be had with a manual gearbox only.
For those wanting an automatic box, it actually improves the 147bhp engine’s performance slightly, shaves 2g/km from the CO2 emissions figure and adds 1mpg to the fuel economy.
Unless you’re a total diesel-phobe, it’s not worth going for the 2.5 petrol; fuel economy of 29mpg and 230g/km emissions mean it’s just too expensive to run.
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