Honda CR-V vs Nissan X Trail

The demand for compact SUVs is at an all time high in the country, according to data provided by Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA). 

Around 6,915 new SUVs and compact SUVs have been registered this year alone, up until November, which is the highest in almost a decade. 

The reason is very simple, as in recent years we can see purchasing power has increased, people are more likely to opt for a bigger and roomier car with a slightly higher price tag. 

Now coming to the main discussion, about which one to choose. 

There is a wide range of choices that customers can now make; in fact, there are now several options from the same brand as today’s automakers are focusing on each and every niche they can target.  

The two most commonly purchased compact SUVs are the Honda CR-V and the Nissan X Trail. And these are exactly the two we are going to compare today. There are other competitors, which we will focus on in the upcoming weeks. 

Having driven both, the cars are very different in terms of performance. The X Trail falls under the compact crossover SUV and is one of the first models of this category. 

The X Trail has been around for quite some time now, and that too for a very good reason. The superior built quality over its competitors won customers over. Even though almost all parts of the interior are wrapped with plastic, the dash and the door panel feels solid. It almost feels premium. 

Compared to the X Trail, the 2021 Honda CR-V’s interior feels much fresher and way more modern but in comparison to its Nissan counterpart, this one has a few more buttons. More buttons mean more moving objects, which means more things can go wrong. 

Honda has done a great job with the interior design and if you are willing to pay a little extra for that higher spec, it is available with leather-trimmed seats, along with a leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob. 

As far as amenities go, there are plenty to help keep you relaxed and happy. One of them is the available 12-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with four-way power lumbar support, making it easy to get comfortable behind the wheel.  

Honda CR-V also offers a dual-zone automatic climate control system. So, if you want to cool down while your front passenger stays warm, this feature can keep you both satisfied. 

When it comes to power, the Honda is ahead in the game, as you can see in the chart. The Honda with a 1.5L (1500cc) engine can produce more power than its 2.0L counterpart. 

When it comes to the exterior, I personally think Honda did a better job at showing that they really care about how a vehicle looks. The 2020 X Trail looks boring even with the facelift. The 2021 model, however, came with changes, but it got mixed reviews from people around the world. 

However, the CR-V looks way more sophisticated and the taillights gained huge popularity. The cargo space is also better with a whopping 39.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat. And if you need to haul a few things without the whole family on board, the CR-V offers 75.8 cubic feet with the back seat folded down.

In comparison, the X Trail has a luggage space of only 19.4 cubic feet and can be expanded to 70 cubic feet for larger loads by folding down the back seats. 

The X-Trail is often referred to as a “Swiss army knife” by Nissan, and that is because it's a workhorse that can do almost everything, from your everyday chore to taking it offroad during the weekends.

And offroading is exactly where the CR-V comes short, but if that’s not your thing, the X-Trail can be a better option for you. 

Both these cars are priced similarly, ranging from Tk52 lakhs to Tk56 lakhs, depending on the specification. 

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