The Nissan X Trail is a car without compromise; normally for SUVs the road handling characteristics are sacrificed for performance off-road and vice versa but that's not the case with this car. The Nissan X Trail is an incredible performer off the road and its car-like abilities on the road makes it a popular choice for families looking for a practical SUV. In addition, the X Trail has an impressive reliability record though it's not the cheapest in its class to run and adults sat in the rear may find space is lacking.
The vehicle is powered by a 2.0 litre dCI diesel which is quiet and has excellent acceleration which should return around 44 mpg and reach 0 to 62 mph in less than 10 seconds. The Nissan X Trail is good on the road because its suspension is firmer than would be expected so there is no body roll in corners and it's also good for towing heavy loads. Drivers will not feel any bumps on the road as the suspension will simply swallow them up. Nissan has priced its X Trail to compete effectively against the RAV4 and the CRV and there's a decent level equipment with even the entry model having Bluetooth connectivity, alloy wheels, cruise control and climate control. The Tekna model also gets satnav, parking sensors, leather trim and electrically adjustable front seats.
In many ways the Nissan X Trail is a very much like its larger compatriots but this one is an excellent family-orientated SUV which should bring trouble-free motoring in a great package. The latest version of the vehicle impresses and while it may look similar to its previous model the interior has been redesigned and refined.
Why not have a look at the Nissan X-Trail on the official Nissan UK company web site and get the latest news about the Nissan X- Trail in the UK at The UK Nissan Owners' club. You may also like to see what they're saying about the most recent Nissan X-Trail on the Top Gear web site.
One of the most striking aspects is that the designers have realised that some families will want a sturdy off-roader that actually leaves the Tarmac and this is what the X Trail does. The interior is designed to be hard wearing and, more importantly, the boot area can be cleaned easily. It’s only available as a four-wheel drive and it is also enjoyable to drive. The car is also fairly cheap to run but not as cheap as something like the Ford Kuga (which can’t match its off-road abilities). There are so many practical, clever ideas that the Nissan X Trail is certainly worth considering if you're in the market for a family 4x4 and they won’t let you down, wherever you are. First Vehicle Leasing is sure to have a new car deal for you!
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X FACTORED: Nissan's X-TRAIL used to be a bit of a confused proposition. The latest car has a far clearer identity, as Andy Enright reports.