Many people will consider the Nissan X-Trail to be a far sexier alternative to a people carrier. With the rugged looks of an SUV and the option of a third row of seats so it can swallow seven people, you can still look cool on the way to the shops.
Of course, while most people like the look of big SUVs, they don’t necessarily need the off-road ability they traditionally possess. Handily, the X-Trail also offers the option of front or four-wheel drive, allowing you to pick between lower running costs and some rough road ability.
The X-Trail strikes a happy medium between affordable running costs, a versatile and spacious interior, and accomplished on-road dynamics. Even so, a Mitsubishi Outlander has more room for a sixth and seventh passenger; a Kia Sorento has a longer warranty and a bigger boot while the Skoda Kodiaq is far more desirable.
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.