Capable and comfortable
Only had car 2 weeks and and my first impressions are very good.
No rattles or squeaks, comfortable and spacious after our outgoing RX-8.
Not the most powerful engine, the 2.0 petrol, and being auto, first mpg not very good, around 28 mpg, but after 18-20 mpg from the RX, it's a welcome relief.
Nice features on the X-EC; cruise, electric sunroof, alcantara seats etc. Very pleased with car, it seems to do what it says on the label.
Seems a well put together safe car, changed it mainly as wife has an ongoing back problem and this car is ideal with seats you can get straight into at the right height, and being an auto, it's a dream to drive.
The auto box, even though it is only 4 speed, changes very slickly, unlike the lurching of a few X-Trails we tested.
Amazed that a lot of the controls and layout seems to replicate the Mazda!
Only oddity is the fuel gauge takes ages to go up after you fill up, about 45 minutes, but OK after it reaches the top. Will get the dealer to check it out under warranty.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th November, 2009