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By Daniel Harrison
24 May 2007 08:12
This is where the Qashqai bits come in handy. It drives like a hatchback from behind the wheel and behaves itself on the road with good body control, reasonably accurate electric power steering and a supple ride. The ride is impressive too – thanks in part to a new, longer wheelbase.
Both are better than the old 2.0 unit that the previous X-Trail had. They’re a bit clattery when they start up, but quieten down once warmed through. With 236lb-ft (150bhp) or 266lb-ft (173bhp) of muscle on offer, they pull well too. The 150bhp version is offered with a six-speed auto gearbox. Unusually for an auto, it harnesses engine braking when it’s not accelerating. This makes it feel much more akin to a manual and helps smooth out some of the gearchanges. Fuel economy’s good too: both return upwards of 38mpg on the combined cycle – not bad for an SUV.
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RE: Nissan X-Trail 2.0 dCi (2007) CAR review
I'm not sure the Nissan X-Trail does enough over the Qashqai to warrant the extra cash - I suppose it depend what flavour you want your 4x4's - boxy Land Rover clones or sleeker jacked up hatchbacks with better road manners - I'm sure sale numbers will tell us.
25 August 2010 17:50
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