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X-Trail a big likeable Nissan

X-Trail a big likeable Nissan

Peter Hayward, 2017-04-19

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NISSAN'S latest X-Trail is more a replacement for the previous Qashqai+2 than for the former model of the same name.

For a start, it looks almost identical to the Qashqai from a distance, even though it's actually larger in every direction when close to.

It's a hugely likeable crossover which was only available with the Renault-sourced 1.6 dCi 130bhp engine at launch.

There is now a 2.0-litre with 177bhp, but I drove the 1.6, which is already proving the biggest seller.

As with other crossovers from most makers now, many models are two wheel drive but I drove the four-wheel-drive range topping Tekna, which has the option of seven seats for those who need them.

The smooth and reasonably quiet engine drives the front wheels the majority of the time, only bringing the rears into play when sensors detect loss of traction.

But in heavy weight mud-plugger tradition, it also has a centre differential lock to give maximum traction when needed in ice, snow or off-road.

The six-speed gearbox in my test car had a reasonably slick change, helped by a light clutch, but the engine was not happy at anything under 1,500 revs, grumbling enough to force a change down.

That means the minimum speed in top gear is 40 miles an hour, so it could affect economy.

The whole car has a lovely feel, with decent, linear acceleration and excellent comfort over all surfaces.

There is quite a lot of roll in the corners when its pressed, but it still clings on well and never feels unstable.

I managed just under a real 40 miles per gallon without trying too hard, so with careful driving the low 40s should be quite easily attainable.

Big comfortable seats have loads of adjustment and there is plenty of legroom in the back. But the two seats in the boot, which lift up out of a flat floor, are only suitable for children.

All the models in the range seem well-equipped, but of course, I was driving the range topper, and so it came with all the bells and whistles, including heated electric leather seats, keyless entry and starting, cruise control, powered hatch, parking sensors and a rear camera, remote controls on the steering wheel and a very good DAB stereo.

It even has an automatic parking system, and a fatigue detection system to warn of a driver falling asleep.

Fast Facts

Price: £32,200

Mechanical: 130bhp, 1,598cc, 4cyl diesel engine driving four wheels via 6-speed manual gearbox

Max Speed: 116mph

0-62mph: 11 seconds

Combined MPG: 52

Insurance Group: 20

C02 emissions: 143g/km

Bik rating: 29%

Warranty: 3yrs/60,000 miles

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