What is it: The Nissan X-Trail is the brand’s largest, go-anywhere crossover.
Key features: Seven-seat capability
Our view: In third-generation form, the Nissan X-Trail remains a practical large SUV and a solid, cheaper nearly-new option to its newly-launched facelift replacement.
Review type: End-of-line road test
The Nissan X-Trail is effectively the ‘elder statesman’ of the brand’s crossover/SUV range – it was around long before the arrival of the Qashqai and Juke kicked off the explosion in popularity of such vehicles. Once they joined the range, the X-Trail sat at the top as the more utilitarian, tougher model that really could go anywhere.
In recent times, however, that has changed. Visually at least, Nissan has ‘softened up’ the X-Trail, and in its third generation, it can be difficult at a glance to tell it apart from the Qashqai. So much so that an updated version of the model, arriving in showrooms in August, boasts a bolder exterior design with more edges and a particularly aggressive front end.
Before that car arrives, The Car Expert has been driving the outgoing version – is it a good bargain end-of-line, or more likely nearly-new, buy?