Nissan X-Trails are everywhere, so they must be good, right? And the Ti is the top-of-the-range petrol grade with all-wheel drive, so it must be even gooder, err… better, yeah?

Safety in numbers then, go with the car lots of other people have chosen. That’s not a bad way to make a decision, the problem being that Mazda's CX-5 and Toyota’s RAV4 are hugely popular, too. And then you really need to consider Subaru’s new-gen Forester and Hyundai’s Tucson as well.

Suddenly it’s a lot harder to make the right choice, isn’t it?

So forget popularity and let’s judge the X-Trail Ti by breaking it down into eight criteria: its design, value, practicality, engine, fuel consumption, warranty and what it’s like to drive.