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Nissan X-trail 2.0 Sport – 8,615 miles

Nissan

Review

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

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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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