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This latest incarnation of the Nissan X-Trail SUV has a very dynamic and curvy exterior. X-Trail buyers currently have four trims to choose from, starting with the entry-level Visia and moving up to Acenta, n-tec and Tekna.

Although the seven-seat version is an option, it won’t cost you anything extra (except for a little bit of boot space). However, a panoramic roof makes even the five-seater feel a bit more spacious. This is complemented by flexible second-row seats, which can be individually adjusted forwards and backwards, and also fully recline.

Available with both two and four-wheel drive, the X-Trail is good on and off the road. The advanced 4×4 system actually switches between two and four-wheel drive as needed, so it’s not as heavy on fuel as you might expect. The X-Trial also features driving aids like Active Trace Control, which can apply the brakes to individual wheels when cornering for greater stability.

The X-Trail shares many of the virtues that make the smaller Qashqai such a big hit with buyers. It looks good and has a stylish, well-equipped interior. In fact, given its extra space and additional seating, a basic seven-seater X-Trail looks better value than a similarly priced five-seat Qashqai.

This X-Trail’s build quality and specification both feel up there with some of the class best. All versions feature cruise control, Bluetooth phone connectivity and air-conditioning as standard. The new X–Trail rides and handles better than its predecessor, too, although it leans quite heavily in corners and the steering is a little light.

There is currently a limited choice of engines available in the X-Trail: either a 1.6-litre DIG-T 163 petrol that’s only available as a two-wheel-drive manual or a 1.6-litre dCi 130 diesel. While the latter is available with both two and four-wheel drive with a manual gearbox, if you want Xtronic automatic transmission, you’re limited to the higher-spec two-wheel-drive models.

It’s available with a choice of six-speed manual and CVT automatic transmissions. Both are reasonably efficient, although unless you really need it, we’d recommend avoiding the automatic. You can specify your X-Trail with two or four-wheel drive as well. However, although the car has enough ground clearance to tackle light off-roading, it’s designed primarily for the road, where two-wheel drive is sufficient – and cheaper to run.

The X-Trail scored the full five stars in its Euro NCAP crash tests and comes with a good package of safety kit. We expect it’s going to be pretty reliable, too.

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John Kelly

John Kelly is co-ordinator and writer at Car Talk of Car From Japan. Holding a MA in Public Relations and Journalism, he has 6 working years for Sales & Marketing Department of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. Inc. John provides a unique look at Japanese cars through an American’s look, and fills his blog with everything from car restoration to history. His biggest hobbies are car and photography. Hence, when visit John’s articles, besides lots and lots of pages of information about car review and car comparison to scroll through, you also can see many interesting pictures of famous car brand from his own perspective.

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