Many people will consider the Nissan X-Trail to be an alternative to a conventional MPV, or people carrier, because it can be specified with a couple of seats that fold up out of the boot floor, turning it into a seven seater.
This big SUV also offers the option of front or four-wheel drive, loads of space and a sliding middle-row bench seat.
Not many cars have this combination of features and abilities, so the X-Trail has a fairly small number of rivals. A Mitsubishi Outlander has more room for a sixth and seventh passenger, and a Hyundai Santa Fe has a longer warranty and a bigger boot.
However, the X-Trail strikes a happy medium between affordable running costs, a versatile and spacious interior, and accomplished on-road dynamics.
We’d still strongly suggest you look to cheaper alternatives such as the Nissan Qashqai or Mazda CX-5 if you’re in any doubt about needing the X-Trail’s extra space and seven-seat potential. However, if you’re set on the model, it won’t disappoint.
Read on over the next few pages to get our in depth impressions of the X-Trail, along with our recommendations for which trim level and engine to choose.