On test, the new Nissan X-Trail is more refined than you might imagine…

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Nissan’s 129bhp diesel engine sounds a little agricultural under acceleration – perhaps one of the pitfalls of using a more efficient 1.6 unit, rather than a 2.0.

At least the soundtrack fades when you get the X-Trail on a motorway and the cabin feels more refined than you might imagine.

Around town, the engine is sluggish and there is no sudden rush of acceleration like in most turbo vehicles. The power comes smoothly and with light steering, the X-Trail is easy to manoeuvre.

And because the Nissan is more economical than some key rivals, that will be more than enough to tempt cash conscious buyers in its direction…

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