The Nissan X-Trail is good at most things but just lacks a bit of character

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Whatever you think of the styling and the lacklustre drive, the X-Trail is a good car. It’s what you might call a safe bet – a car that will do everything you ask of it and then some.

You can spec it up to seven seats, add different layers of trim, or just settle back in the basic two-wheel drive model and feel good about spend your £23k bundle.

What it does lack is character. The old version was shaped like a brick but at least you wouldn’t lose it in a car park full of other SUVs.

Which also means potential buyers can look at models like the Honda CR-V and Kia Sportage and find little to choose between them. It might just come down to how it looks – and that’s where the X-Trail no longer has an edge…

 

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