X-Trails start off with a reasonable equipment level, with the cheapest Visia version providing 17in alloy wheels, cruise control, air conditioning, a CD player and a DAB radio. But we’d recommend setting your sights a little higher.
If you’re not bothered about the 7.0in colour touchscreen and navigation system on higher-grade versions, mid-spec Acenta is a good choice. It adds a lot of useful kit including dual-zone climate control, driver’s lumbar adjustment and power-folding mirrors. You also get panoramic sunroof, but this limits rear head room so check this before you buy.
N-Connecta would be our choice, though. It brings a 7.0in colour touchscreen with sat-nav, as well as 18in alloys wheels, front and rear parking sensors, a bird’s-eye-view camera system, keyless entry and start, as well as a hands-free powered tailgate. You also get lots more safety kit (we’ll look at this in more detail in the safety section).
Tekna really isn’t worth the extra, unless you absolutely must have heated (for the first two rows) leather seats and an upgraded Bose sound system.