Entry-level Visia and mid-range Acenta models go without a touchscreen but do have a CD player, Bluetooth and DAB radio. However, most buyers opt for the N-Connecta or Tekna trims, which have a 7.0in colour screen and sat-nav.
The touchscreen in this more sophisticated arrangement doesn’t respond to presses as quickly as some of the best rival units, but its menus are fairly logically presented, making most key functions easy to control. The physical shortcut switches that bracket the screen also help. A button that switches the screen off altogether is another useful addition for night driving.
Some of the settings are a bit tricky to find, though, and the screen can be hard to see in direct sunlight. It’s disappointing, too, that Nissan’s system still can’t accept Apple CarPlay or Android Auto smartphone mirroring technology. Ultimately, the X-Trail’s range-topping infotainment system isn’t as good as those found in the Skoda Kodiaq or Mazda CX-5.