What is it?
This is Nissan's all new X-Trail 4x4. The last one was a popular car; it's surprising still, even after Nissan’s long years of making 4x4s, to discover that it sold so many. Over 800,000 examples sold worldwide, around 50,000 of them in Britain, but it’s Nissan’s cars that somehow seem better known. Perhaps it’s the profusion of Micras and the shoals of ageing Primera minicabs that do it.
Either way, the X-Trail has been a success, breaking all kinds of sales records. More than that, it’s so well liked, research reveals, that owners don’t want it changed. Which is why Nissan is serving more of the same, but with its abilities extended, equipment increased and some rough edges buffed smooth.
There’s been a restyle, too. It still looks like an X-Trail – that was the aim, given the research – but with some unfortunate distendings, to these eyes at least.
What's it like?
In most other departments, thankfully, the changes Nissan has made to the X-Trail are all gains. Most obvious are the refinements and the superior cabin quality. The new dashboard is constructed entirely from soft-touch plastics, and though of somewhat bluff architecture, it’s good to look at, well stocked and convenient.