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Nissan X-Trail 2.0 dCi Car Review | October 10, 2007

Driven October 2007

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This isn't meant to sound at all spoilt-brattish, but the Nissan X-Trail we've driven here is simply a bit too new. It's the 148bhp 2.0-litre diesel version and it only had 500-odd miles on the clock.

Which means that any of the criticisms of this car aren't certainties because the engine might bed in over time. We drove the high-power 2.0-litre diesel a while back and it was markedly more refined than the old 2.2-litre unit in the previous X-Trail.

But this low-powered version returns to those rattly days. There's more vibration at idle, and it gets gruff as you accelerate hard. But this thing feels like it will loosen up.

It doesn't stop the 148bhp being the second-choice engine behind the 170bhp diesel. The 148 is the only X-Trail diesel you can get with an auto, but the six-speed box makes it a bit sluggish.

The changes are smooth, but the step off the line is slightly delayed as all the torque is fed through the 'box, and responsiveness at speed could do with being a bit smarter too.

Piers Ward

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