Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
When you compare the Nissan X-Trail to rivals including the Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento, you’ll find that it has a fraction less head and leg room to offer in the front. Regardless, this is a large SUV, so there’s still plenty of room and even six-footers won’t find that they’re struggling for space.
Sticking to the X-Trail’s target audience of adventurous families, you’ll find a generous amount of storage places in the front, including two fixed cupholders in the centre console, a large open space underneath the centre console, decent sized door pockets and a deep storage area within the central armrest.
The seats in the optional third row are dubbed 'occasional' and are really best suited to kids. Adults can squeeze in for the shortest of trips, but only if you slide the second row of seats forward to create a bit more leg room. The standard third-row seats of the Sorento are far more accommodating.
Seat folding and flexibility
As standard, the second row in the X-Trail is split 60/40 unless you opt for the top two Tekna and Tekna+ trim levels, which both get the more versatile 40/20/40 split like the Skoda Kodiaq. Regardless, the X-Trail’s seats fold completely flat, meaning that there’s no awkward step in the floor when you load long items.
What’s more, if you want a little extra space but don’t want to fold the rear seats down, you can slide them forward, making the boot larger at the expense of leg room.