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Nissan X-trail 2.0 Sport – 8,615 miles



I HAD been looking forward to my turn in the Fleet News long-term Nissan X-trail 2.0 Sport for some time. After hearing favourable reports from the majority of my colleagues it had a lot to live up to.

But my initial feeling was one of surprise at how badly it handled – so much so that I thought the tyres needed air. This was not the case and was, however partly, down to my driving.

I have now adjusted my style to a more sedate pace and have been getting more enjoyment from the X-trail. It is a large vehicle which simply isn't designed to be a racer – although once it gets going it does cruise along at a steady pace.

Inside there are plenty of handy storage compartments and lots of space for the occupants. Other testers have commented on the merits of the wipe-clean seats but I don't like them.

A leather trim would have been far more suitable than the space-aged Crimplene-style dimpled upholstery. I also wonder whether the interior would stand up to much wear and tear. Our X-trail already has some scrapes on the dash and inside the boot. I think any cost-conscious fleet decision-maker would be wary of fuel costs with the X-trail on his or her fleet.

Although Nissan's official combined fuel consumption figure is 30.4mpg, my test consumption has been a poor 26mpg. The X-trail certainly gets through petrol – the fuel gauge drops before your eyes on a long journey.

Perhaps it is more suited to a driver who doesn't cover large distances.

Company car tax bill 2002 (22% tax-payer): £85.75 per month


CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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