Written on: 28/03/2002 by Ron.
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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