The most powerful Nissan X-Trail features a slick six-speed manual transmission and delivers a respectable 44.1mpg economy and CO2 emissions of 168g/km - keeping running costs sensible. Opt for the lower output 148bhp version, which comes with the six-speed automatic and you’ll not only pay more at the pumps, but blunt the otherwise sprightly performance somewhat. Officially it returns 39.8 mpg on the combined consumption cycle, while emissions of 188g/km of CO2 push it up a tax band (from H to J) over its manual relative.
Either of the two available trim levels - Acenta or Tekna - come comprehensively specified, with both getting climate control, Bluetooth telephone and MP3 player connectivity, cruise control and alloy wheels among their standard equipment. Opt for the Tekna (the auto 148bhp version is only offered in this trim) and you gain a rear-view parking camera, sat nav, leather seats and an electric sunroof. There’s a healthy premium to pay for that extra kit, with the Tekna costing nearly £4,000 more than the Acenta model.
Choose that Acenta model and you’ll still do better on the equipment count over a Land Rover Freelander, though the Nissan is certain to lose out to its prestigious rival on residual values.