Written on: 28/03/2002 by Ron. (1 review written)
Roomy with comfortable, versatile interior and good exterior looks. This leisure 4x4 beats rivals such as the RAV4, Freelander and Honda CRV hands down.
Diesel a bit noisy.
The X-Trail 2.2Di Sport car is Nissan's Freelander rival and it works very well, combining great looks and a versatile interior with on and off-road skills that make it a tempting proposition. Its also cheaper than the equivalent Freelander and if Land Rover's reliability problems are still a source of doubt, its likely to be much more trouble-free than its Solihul built rival.
The diesel powerplant in the Nissan is a little unrefind but has got great levels of low-down torque and the six speed transmission makes the best use of the engine's pulling power to deliver impressive performance when accelerating hard. Its not hot-hatch rivalling, but it seems to go a lot faster than the official figures suggest.
The easily selected drive options include front wheel-only, automatic selection (where the car senses when there is a loss of grip and switches power to the rear axle), and full-time all wheel drive for the rough stuff. Its not a rival to the Discoverys and Shoguns of this world but its off-road performance was pretty good, while driving on normal roads reveals a car which handles rather well.
I'd buy one any day in preference to a Freelander and the great thing is you get a terrific spec for a lot less than a pretty basic Freelander.
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