Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

So Comfortable It's like You Had It for Years; Upgraded Cloth Seat Trim and Six-Way Manual Adjustable in Both the Front and Back and Storage Space Is Exceptional

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

So Comfortable It's like You Had It for Years; Upgraded Cloth Seat Trim and Six-Way Manual Adjustable in Both the Front and Back and Storage Space Is Exceptional

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THE Nissan X Trail is about to get a lot more appealing thanks to the release of the newly revised 2011 model, boasting more features and a sportier look.

Previously noted for its durability, comfort, practicality and convenient features, the X Trail can now add good looks to its resume.

I was impressed with the shape of the new model, with its squarer and more robust appearance. The new X Trail gets an updated front grille, front and rear bumpers, headlights and new LED tail-lights.

Being an SUV fan, I was super excited to get behind the wheel of the X Trail to check out all the new features and how the new set-up handles in comparison to previous models.

The first thing I noticed was comfort. This car was built for luxury with an upgraded cloth seat trim and six-way manual adjustable driver's seat. There was plenty of room in both the front and back and storage space is exceptional.

Have you ever gotten in a car that feels like you've been driving it for years? Well this is exactly how I felt when I slipped into the Nissan X Trail. Just five minutes behind the wheel and it was fitting like a glove.

Under the bonnet, the standard 2.5 litre, 4-cylinder petrol engine delivers 125kw of power and is available in auto or manual transmission while the 2.0 litre diesel engine produces 127kw of power.

Enhanced models, like the X Trail TL, include an electric tilt slide double sunroof and stylish 18 inch alloy wheels, while the Ti petrol and TL turbo diesel models come complete with a seven-inch colour touchscreen display in the centre stack, featuring satellite navigation and reverse camera.

When it comes to handling, the new X Trail steering wheel is small and light and features cruise controls and audio and drive computer controls.

Tight roundabouts were not a problem as the steering was stable and I felt completely in control and not overpowered by its 4x4 status. In fact, I was easily able to judge the size of the car which made tight corners and bends a piece of cake. …

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