Nissan has collected three awards in the Auto Express New Car Honours.

The Nissan X-TRAIL was voted “best 4×4 recreational vehicle” for the third year running, beating off competition from the BMW X3 and the Toyota RAV4.

It was a hat-trick for the Nissan brand, with the 350Z triumphing in the Sporting Car category and the Micra collecting the award for Best Compact diesel for the 1.5dCi version.

The awards were held at the Waldorf in London on 29 June, where Simon Thomas, Nissan’s sales director, picked up the award for the third time.

David Johns, Editor of Auto Express said: “Nissan has facelifted the X-TRAIL since last year’s New Car Honours and guess what? This year’s victory is more emphatic than either of the last two. True, the changes have done little more than sharpen the styling a fraction, but the X-TRAIL has lost none of its power to impress. It’s a well rounded performer that leaves its class rivals floundering.”

Auto Express described the 350Z as “a thrilling driving experience which sets it apart” and to prove the point, the 350Z was the recent winner in the magazine’s annual Greatest Drives feature.

But choosing a winner in the Compact Diesel category was a more difficult task for the road testers at the magazine. Describing the Micra 1.5dCi as “the pick of the bunch” combined with “fine dynamics, cheeky styling and build quality” the Micra relegated the Audi A3 2.0 TDI and Citro├źn C2 1.4 HDI to also rans.

Bill Bosley, Managing Director for Nissan Motor (GB) Limited, said: “With several new models being launched over the next 12 months, we look forward to adding more Auto Express New Car Honours trophies to our cabinet.”