Nissan XTrail 2WD review (20052008) MSN Cars UK

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You wouldn’t buy a raincoat that let in the A kettle that couldn’t water is fundamentally wrong. And a unable to off-road seems than a little silly.

such thoughts in mind we ourselves driving Nissan’s 2×4. A front-wheel-drive four-wheel-drive. Oh my.

is the reason behind it, we’re The 2WD will be around £1,500 than 4WD models, though the 2.2-litre dCi diesel offers a comparison; realignment of the range the 2.0-litre petrol is now solely a 2WD

Both will only be in SE trim but this is pretty with ABS, air con, and a CD player all standard. So its introduction has to do with Ken Livingstone’s desire to 4x4s’? A Nissan spokesman this, though we suspect cunning when, later on, else exclaims “it’s not a

I’d like to see them ban this London!”. The intrigue continues said Nissan man explains how see it as a rival for the VW Golf Plus, Scenic and Mercedes B-Class. footprint, same high-rise and, crucially, similar

Not a 4×4, then, despite like a direct rival to the RAV4, Land Rover and Honda CR-V.

The company to blur the boundaries between car sectors, and with the latest we can see their logic. You can’t the X-Trail in the city. Visibility is – the high-set seats and huge, windows give you the view of a driver. Flat sides and a profile mean it’s to place and you can straddle ‘new speed humps too, like the emergency services. that can’t are soaked up with little jolting; from the heavy 4×4 gear, the ride is improved.

It’s always been but the 2WD variant is the best of the lot, to absorb bumps and scars little intrusion.

The ride is a noisy though, which some of its ability. Turn up the and see how it ‘improves’. It rolls a little in too, but handling itself is and confident. Besides, it never or wallows. We’d be interested to the 2.0-litre petrol, as we reckon it cope pretty well the X-Trail’s surprising lack of

But it was the 2.2-litre diesel presented on the drive. Which deterred us from a cold start of its frightful noise. It clattered a transit van and felt about as We were all set to slate it – but then the warmed through and it was transformed. not a paragon of refinement, but an X-Trail up to temperature is a significantly quieter, less rattly beast a cold one.

The same be said about the six-speed gearbox. It too is stiff, heavy and when cold, but improves a few miles.

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You won’t object to it in your quest to keep the above 2,000rpm, after the X-Trail performs well in 11.2secs). It’s pleasingly and well able to dictate the on winding roads. Be particularly at junctions and it’s possible to the front wheels with a squeal. However, this a major failing.

Not only is it shorn of all-wheel-drive, also hasn’t fitted traction control or ESP. expecting 4×4 grip from slippery junctions in may be alarmed when the front spin merrily away, muddy fields are going to be a It really is the 4×4 that and because of lesser reserves of arguably less safe as a


That could be why Nissan expects the majority of X-Trails to be versions – sales of the 2WD are barely to break four figures despite their significant advantage. It’s almost as if is conducting an experiment, asking why they buy 4x4s – looks or ability? The customer is expected to the security of being able to the kids to school in the winter, than looking like a Ranger.

Add this to the see-all driving which boosts safety and a pedestrian safety score than a Vauxhall Astra, and 4×4 drivers are not so “idiotic” all, Mr. Livingstone.

The 2WD X-Trail is a good buy provided you’re of its lesser abilities. The drive is equipment levels comprehensive and a match for five-door hatchbacks, mind off-roaders. But we can imagine once in the showroom, £1,500 for the added confidence of four-wheel-drive may a bargain.

As a cheat for the politicking in London, a winner, but British weather may mean there are a few instances its desirability goes off the boil.

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