Nissan’s desire to turn the X-Trail into a true crossover saw an expansion of trim choices, but 2017's facelift has seen the selection drop back down to two. The range now starts at Tekna level, meaning the model (in two-wheel-drive form) now starts at around £29,000.

That expands the gap between this and the Qashqai, making it the de facto large SUV in Nissan's UK line-up, whether you option one with seven seats or not.

Less than 50 percent retained value after three years isn't great for a crossover SUV

In five-seat form (as here), the competition is intense, with models such as the Skoda Kodiaq managing to challenge the Nissan’s price while giving up very little on the efficiency scales.

To that end, the X-Trail is decent value. The 129g/km of CO2 claimed for our test car is commendable, although it falls short of the bigger 2.2-litre Mazda CX-5’s figure.

The latter returned 55mpg on our gentle touring test, while the X-Trail could manage only 48mpg and a 42mpg overall average. It’s competitive, then, rather than class leading.


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