posted 5 years ago

Citroen C-Crosser vs. Nissan X-Trail

Shut your eyes and point at either the Citroen C-Crosser or the Nissan X-Trail.

Shut your eyes and point at either the Citroen C-Crosser or the Nissan X-Trail. This might be the best way to establish which is the most capable machine. Let me explain. For starters, both vehicles have four-wheel-drive. Both entry-level versions cost about £25,700 - and they both have refined diesel engines that propel them to 62mph in about ten seconds. Furthermore, both base-models average roughly 43mpg and - thanks to similar emissions - sit in the same road tax band. Were these 4x4s separated at birth?

There are some differences though. For starters, the entry-level Citroen C-Crosser 2.2 HDi VTR+ has seven seats whereas its wannabe twin has five. However, the base-spec Nissan X-Trail 2.0 dCi Acenta compensates with its larger cargo capacity. This is a highly impressive 1,733-litres with the rear seats folded flat into the comfortable cabin. The French alternative's volume is only 1,686-litres, but this is still substantial. So, that is the choice. More seats and less cargo, or dump a few passengers in favour of extra luggage.

Both entry-level versions have pleasing specifications. These include the: electronic stability programmes, climate control systems, and Bluetooth. The Nissan feels beautifully screwed together which would normally be an advantage over a Citroen, but the C- Crosser is essentially a reworked Mitsubishi Outlander so it should last forever. So, which is superior? If you need seven seats buy the Citroen. If not, the X-Trail is marginally more fuel efficient and has a slightly larger boot. If you still cannot decide best stick to pointing.