Nis­san’s trea­sure Trail

Warwickshire Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - By Peter Keenan

F you’re look­ing for mo­tor­ing trea­sure then ‘X’ marks the spot when it comes to Nis­san.

The lat­est X-Trail is the third gen­er­a­tion of the Ja­pa­nese mo­tor gi­ant’s flag­ship SUV model and eas­ily the best – of­fer­ing a stylish and prac­ti­cal fam­ily mo­tor.

There are four trim grades – Visia, Acenta, N-Con­necta or Tekna – with the flag­ship model get­ting an ob­scene amount of kit to help jus­tify the near£36,000 price-tag.

The stylish and roomy cabin is a pleas­ant place to spend a jour­ney with a pow­ered panoramic roof fea­tur­ing a one-touch shade as well as a du­al­zone air con sys­tem with pollen fil­ter.

The leather heated seats are com­fort­able and sup­port­ive with a de­cent driv­ing po­si­tion easy to find be­hind a steer­ing wheel fes­tooned with con­trols. Front and rear arm­rests are also pro­vided as are elec­tric win­dows and auto-fold­ing heated door mir­rors.

The X-Trail is a big SUV but is easy to park thanks to the ‘Around View Mon­i­tor’ and front and rear park­ing sen­sors.

Other mod cons on the top-of-therange Tekna model in­clude a CD/ ra­dio with six speak­ers, a seven-inch colour touch­screen giv­ing ac­cess to the en­ter­tain­ment toys, an ef­fi­cient sat nav as well as ac­cess to so­cial me­dia ac­counts on the move.

Safer places on the planet than the Nis­san X-Trail may ex­ist – but they tend to be buried un­der­ground with the abil­ity to house the hu­man race af­ter a nu­clear blast.

Nis­san’s SUV – the world’s best-seller ac­cord­ing to its maker – un­der­went a re­vamp last year to im­prove a num­ber of ar­eas. These in­clude the high tech safety sys­tems to help keep you on the road and pro­tect your fam­ily in the event of an ac­ci­dent.

The Nis­san ‘Safety Shield’ in­cludes clever ideas such as city emer­gency brak­ing – over­hauled to im­prove pedes­trian de­tec­tion – as well as blind spot and lane de­par­ture warn­ings.

The bells and whis­tles ap­proach con­tin­ues with six airbags, a tyre pres­sure mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem and a host of elec­tronic giz­mos to help grip and brak­ing.

Pull away on a slope in the £35,960 Tekna model and a hill start as­sist fea­ture en­sures you’ll never ex­pe­ri­ence the em­bar­rass­ment of rolling back­wards again.

The X-Trail comes with ei­ther five or, if you pay an ex­tra £660, seven seats..

Luck­ily these seats nim­bly fold flat into the floor re­veal­ing a spa­cious fiveseater with a de­cent amount of boot space.

In­deed, there is au­to­matic ev­ery­thing on the X-Trail in­clud­ing lights and wipers as well as cruise con­trol with speed lim­iter to en­sure a re­lax­ing drive on the mo­tor­way.

A push-but­ton ig­ni­tion and Nis­san’s in­tel­li­gent key mean the fob never has to come out of your pocket.

The X-Trail is an eye-catch­ing beast with 19-inch al­loy wheels, natty day­time run­ning lights, lots of curves and a black hon­ey­combe front grille set­ting the tone for a stylish ex­te­rior.

It’s al­to­gether less rugged than X-Trails of old and so is more ap­peal­ing to the fam­ily au­di­ence whose at­ten­tion it is try­ing to cap­ture.

The 2.0-litre oil burner as­sessed here is one of three en­gine op­tions that also in­clude 1.6-litre tur­bocharged petrol and diesel power units.

Mated to a slick six-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion, the most pow­er­ful 175bhp en­gine is an im­pres­sive per­former as even the four-wheel drive ver­sion achieves de­cent fuel econ­omy fig­ures – while pulling power for those with car­a­vans is ex­cel­lent.

Front-wheel drive mod­els are ex­pected to be re­spon­si­ble for the bulk of sales, but if you do go for the four-wheel drive sys­tem you’ll get a clever Hec­tor that can switch be­tween fuel-sav­ing front-wheel drive, an au­to­matic set­ting where power is only sent to the rear wheels when con­di­tions are slip­pery or when you want to pull away quickly, and a 4x4 lock mode for the worst off-road and weather con­di­tions.

TEST DRIVE NIS­SAN X-TRAIL

Model: Nis­san X-Trail dCi 177 Tekna 4WD Price: £35,960 Me­chan­i­cal: 175bhp, 1,995cc, 4cyl diesel en­gine driv­ing four wheels via 6-speed man­ual gear­box Max speed: 126mph 0-62mph: 9.4 sec­onds Com­bined mpg: 48.7 Ins group: 23 CO2 emis­sions: 153g/km BiK rat­ing: 32% War­ranty: 3yrs/60,000 miles

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