Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

SUV Is a Tough Little Cookie; Drive Journalist Alyssa Welke Tests out the Popular X-Trail

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

SUV Is a Tough Little Cookie; Drive Journalist Alyssa Welke Tests out the Popular X-Trail

Article excerpt

THE SUV market is a very crowded place to be, but the Nissan X-Trail continues to be one of the most popular vehicles in the segment.

The two-wheel drive variant is a great everyday vehicle for a family with plenty of space and a well-matched power plant.

Comfort

The base model ST has a nice interior with a quality cloth seat trim, which will be hardy enough to stand up to the rigours of a family car.

The driveras seat is height adjustable with a good lumbar support system.

Coupled with the tilt and telescopic steering wheel it makes for a very comfortable cockpit.

The multi-function steering wheel has Bluetooth, stereo, information display and cruise control at your fingertips.

The Bluetooth is easy to connect to and with audio streaming you have your favourite tunes from your smart phone available.

The X-Trail also has iPod and USB connectivity, and two 12 volt power outlets a[pounds sterling] one in the centre console for phone charging and one in the cargo space, making it ideal for a travel cooler.

Head and leg room are good in the front seat, with headroom for adults also good in the rear.

However if you have a car load of big, burly blokes leg room is a little constricted and it could get cosy in the back seat.

With kids in the back it would be good and with three child restraint anchorage points you can be assured you kids are safe and comfortable.

On the road

The X-Trail ST rides well in most conditions and copes with traffic quite well.

The strength of an SUV is its higher clearance and the X-Trailas clearance is beyond reproach.

You sit nice and high and this makes the vehicle very easy to get in and out of.

The manual transmission is quite smooth, but you do have to bring the clutch out a long way to engage the gear.

Acceleration is good throughout the gears and it cruises well on the highway.

As far as suspension goes, the X-Trail is a smooth ride and you feel very few bumps.

What do you get?

Cruise control, Bluetooth with audio streaming, 17-inch alloy, iPod and USB connectivity are all standard as are power windows, four-heated cup holders, shopping bag holders and tie down points. …

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