The Nissan X-TRAIL has beaten off stiff competition from the Land Rover Freelander and the Honda CR-V and has been voted the "best recreational vehicle" by best selling weekly motoring magazine, Auto Express.
Nissan’s marketing director, Simon Thomas, collected the award from Auto Express’s motoring editor, Tom Barnard. At the award ceremony David Johns, Editor of Auto Express, said: "With more than 50 years experience in the 4x4 business, Nissan is no stranger to the world of four-wheel drive design. But it wasn’t until 2001, with the release of the radical X-TRAIL that the Japanese firm has a compact contender capable of tackling the Land Rover Freelander on its home turf. Brilliantly packaged, good to look at and with one of the funkiest cabins in the class, Nissan’s finest 4x4 offering to date certainly has the firepower to cause an upset.
Like last year, the decision here was almost too close to call. But with a great new look and a fresh take on interior design, the Nissan X-TRAIL edged itself ahead of the rest."
The X-TRAIL comes with a choice of two new engines: 140PS 2.0-litre petrol and 114PS 2.2-litre diesel and three trim levels: S, Sport and SE+. Prices start at £16,750.Published 17 July 2002