X-Trail has that X-factor
IF refinement is the name of your game, off-roaders don’t come much better than the latest Nissan X-Trail.
It’s quiet and serene even when the latest 170bhp diesel engine is being pushed for its best.
And that best is well worth having, although it does cost a good deal more than the standard 148bhp diesel.
It will storm to 60 in 10 seconds and yet driven carefully is will still do about 36mpg, which is not bad for any 4×4.
The comfort is marvellous and the roadholding just about the best in class, but it’s the peace and quiet that is so good.
Cruising at motorway speed is almost as quiet as driving a saloon and, even when it’s going over rougher surfaces, there is no sound from the suspension and hardly any from the tyres.
This is one of the best in class now, and with Nissan’s reliability, what more could you want?
Inside it is light and airy with a lovely driving position helped by excellent seat and column adjustment.
Equipment, even in the mid-range Sport, is excellent and if I were in the market for such a car this would be at the top of the list.
Mechanical: 171bhp, 1,995cc, 4 cyl diesel engine driving all four wheels via 6 speed manual gearbox
Max speed: 124mph
Combined mpg: 38
Insurance group: 13
CO2 emissions: 198g/km
BIK rating: 29%
Warranty: 3 years/ 60,000miles, 3 years paint, 12 years anti-rust, 1 years breakdown
Main Rival: Honda CR-V, Land Rover Freelander