The interior layout, fit and finish
Driving position and dashboard
All models have a height-adjustable driver’s seat, as well as reach and rake adjustment for the steering wheel. Adjustable lumbar support for the driver is standard from second-rung Acenta trim. Although the X-Trail offers a comfortable driving position for most, those with particularly long legs will be in frequent contact with the centre console.
The X-Trail’s dashboard is clear and logically laid out, with controls placed within easy reach. Buttons and switches are all large and easy to operate while you’re driving, as well as positive and precise in their actions.
The X-Trail feels reasonably solidly put together. The dashboard good makes use of textured, soft-touch plastics and contrasting silver highlights, and the switches are reasonably well damped. However, you’ll notice some flimsy plastics around the door pockets, and you’re greeted by an unpleasantly tinny twang when you close a door. This makes the car feel a lot less premium than a fair few of its rivals.
Materials farther back in the car are more durable than they are plush, but you won’t find any exposed metalwork or sharp edges, even if you make a concerted effort to look for them.