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Motoring: Winning Nissan blazing a Trail.

THE award-winning Nissan XTrail has again beaten off stiff competition to scoop the title of Soft Roader of the Year 2003. It is the second consecutive year the vehicle has been awarded the honour by the UK's off-road magazine, 4x4 and it beat the likes of the Land Rover Freelander, Ford Maverick, Toyota RAV4 and the Honda CR-V in doing so. The judges said: ``The Nissan X-Trail has blasted into this sector and taken it by storm for two years running.

``It's smooth driving and superbly practical, offering not only an excellent load space (in easy-clean plastic) and comfortable seating for five, but also a central flap in the backrest to cope with unusually long loads, like skis or snowboards for example.

``Add all this to its two lively, torquey engines - a speedy 2.0-litre lump and a beefy 2.2-litre turbodiesel - and its inoffensive and sleek styling, and you have a clear winner.

``Well behaved and capable on the road, the baby Nissan also has sufficient off-road ability to get it over difficult terrain, in short it has everything a soft roader should have.''

The X-TRAIL comes with a choice of two new engines - 2.0-1itre petrol and 2.2-litre diesel and three trim levels: S, Sport and SE+. Prices start at pounds 16,750.

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Oct 11, 2002
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