Space & practicality

Nissan X-Trail review

Manufacturer price from:£23,390
What Car? Target Price:£22,580
Search new deals
Nissan X-Trail
Review continues below...
10 Oct 2015 22:00 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 10:28

In this review

Space & practicality

How it copes with people and clutter

Nissan X-Trail 4x4 front space

The X-Trail has a fraction less head room in the front than its key rivals, particularly if the panoramic glass sunroof is fitted (that’s standard from Acenta trim). However, it still has plenty of leg room for very tall drivers.

Two fixed cupholders in the centre console hold large takeaway coffee cups quite securely. What's more, the door bins and glovebox are a good size and the deep centre cubby features a USB input, so is ideal for storing a phone.

The doors open very wide and the seats are set high, making the X-Trail a good option for those with limited mobility.

Nissan X-Trail 4x4 rear space

The middle section of the X-Trail’s second-row backrest flips down to form an armrest, complete with two fixed cupholders. The seatback also reclines for added comfort in a 60/40 split. Access is very good because the doors open to nearly 90deg.

However, once inside, there’s a problem if you’ve gone for any trim bar entry-level Visia: head room. That’s because you get a panoramic roof as standard from Acenta trim; this sounds like a bonus but really it’s a pain. It zaps height to such an extent that anyone around six foot will find that their head wedged into the rooflining. It’s a shame, because leg room is pretty good.

The optional third row of seats are dubbed 'occasional' and only really suit kids if you’re travelling any reasonable distance. Adults can squeeze in for short trips, but only if you slide the second row of seats forward to create a bit more leg room.

For the biggest rear seats (second or third rows) in this class, you need the Kia Sorento.

Nissan X-Trail

Nissan X-Trail 4x4 seating flexibility

The second row in the X-Trail is split 60/40 rather than the more useful 40/20/40 arrangement that you get with some rivals. However, the seats do slide so you can make the boot bigger (at the expense of leg room in the second row). They also recline, so passengers there can get a bit comfier.

The optional third-row seats are very easy to lift or drop flat into the boot floor.

In top-spec Tekna trim, the passenger seat is part-electrically powered, but lumbar adjustment for the passenger seat isn’t available on any trim.

Nissan X-Trail 4x4 boot space

The X-Trail doesn’t have the largest boot in its class, but it’s okay – we managed to fit eight carry-on suitcases inside. This compares with nine in a Skoda Kodiaq, 10 in a Peugeot 5008 and a whopping 11 in a Sorento. If you don’t have seven seats, you do get a lot more storage under the boot floor where those seats would otherwise be.

There are some nice touches, though. You can lift part of the boot floor and slot it into an upright position to form a divider that stops your shopping from sliding round. In addition, there’s no lip at the boot entrance to lift heavy items over and the extended load area is flat when you fold down the second and third row, making it easy to slide in awkward long loads such as a fridge freezer.

With the third row of seats in place, there’s just room left for a few shopping bags; a child’s buggy will be a squeeze.

 

open the gallery9 Images
There are 4 trims available for the X-Trail 4x4. Click to see details.See all versions
Visia
X-Trails start off with a reasonable equipment level, with this cheapest Visia version providing 17in alloy wheels, cruise control, air conditioning, a CD player and a DAB radio, but we’d recommend...View trim
Fuel Diesel, Petrol
What Car? Target Price from
£22,580
Average Saving £810
View Trim
Acenta
If you’re not bothered about the big 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 clima...View trim
Fuel Diesel, Petrol
What Car? Target Price from
£23,090
Average Saving £2,500
View Trim
OUR PICK
N-Connecta
N-Connecta brings a 7.0in touchscreen with sat-nav and additional safety assist features, such as automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and traffic sign recognition. You also get 18in...View trim
Fuel Diesel, Petrol
What Car? Target Price from
£25,855
Average Saving £2,500
View Trim
Tekna
Tekna really isn’t worth the extra, unless you absolutely must have leather seats (with the first two rows heated) and an upgraded Bose sound system...View trim
Fuel Diesel, Petrol
What Car? Target Price from
£28,855
Average Saving £2,500
View Trim