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Ever since they hit the market, I aspired to change my Nissan Primera for an X-Trail. I was impressed with their looks and the constant accolades they received from "What Car?" and others. I was also very impressed with they way they seemed to take to the road with consummate ease, sail past in the outside lane on the motorway and to glide over the road bumps like an elegant ballroom dancer! In October I had the opportunity to change my car and bought a second-hand (2004) 2.2 dci SVE diesel model. In many ways the car lives up to my expectations- it's extremely comfortable, the driver's seat (electrically operated) has plenty of adjustment in height, rake and fore/aft movement, which means it's easy to find the right configuration for you. Visibilty is generally very good, enhanced by the height from the road. Yet the height of the vehicle seldom makes it feel unstable - except at speed on tight turns. It's six forward gears mean that the engine doesn't sound "thrashy" at speed, because it's only doing 2800revs at 90 mph. It gives a pleasing drive in all conditions, with the 2WD, Auto and 4WD options allowing you to choose extra grip when conditions demand. However, there are a number of real gaps in equipment levels, as far as I'm concerned. What's really galling is that many of these "driver/passenger comfort and convenience features" were available on my Nissan Primera - so why couldn't they put them in the much more costly X-Trail? The features that are missing are : an interior light inside the main glove box, a map-reading light (not necessarily just for reading maps), lights either side of the courtesy mirrors on the sun visors and proper driving information. A critical issue for me is the lack of a separate thermometer reading for checking the outside temperature. In the X-Trail, the clock on the dashboard also shows each of the two trip-meter settings AND the temperature. But to change from one to another, you have to reach across to the central display and press the end of a small stalk. This means you have to take your eyes off the road for longer than feels either comfortable or safe - partly to press the stalk and then look at the information displayed. I want to be able to see the clock and the outside tempature at all times - without having to press fiddly buttons all the time. Overall, I feel this is a superb vehicle spoilt by a penny-pinching approach to internal finish and features.