The X-Trail has a fraction less head room in the front than its key rivals, particularly if the panoramic glass sunroof is fitted. However, it still has plenty of space 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 high-set, making the X-Trail ideal for those with limited mobility.
Nissan X-Trail 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 in a 60/40 split.
Access is very good because the doors open to nearly 90deg. In combination with the high roof, it means the X-Trail is an easy car to climb into.
The optional sixth and seventh seats are dubbed 'occasional'. However, there’s still enough head room for adults and, if those in the middle row are prepared to slide forward a bit, you can create some valuable extra leg room for those behind.
Nissan X-Trail seating flexibility
The middle row of seats in the Nissan X-Trail slides in a 60/40 split. You can slide them up to leave virtually no space between the seat squab and back of the front seats, or you can slide them back to leave masses of leg room.
To fold them in a 60/40 split is a two-handed job because you have to pull a toggle at the base of the seats (from the side door), while simultaneously pulling a lever on the seat’s shoulder. To lift them back into place is another two-handed job, and the seat back doesn’t automatically go back to its original angle. When folded, they form a smooth but slightly sloping load floor. 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. Lumbar adjustment for the passenger seat isn’t available on any trim, which is quite an oversight.
Nissan X-Trail boot space
The X-Trail doesn’t have the largest boot in its class, but it’s not far off, particularly in five-seat specification. In this spec, it has a sizeable amount of underfloor storage that’s sectioned off into trays so you can securely stow smaller items. It’s also easy to lift part of the boot floor and slot it upright to form a barrier, to stop your shopping from sliding round.
Seven-seat models forego this storage in order to make space for the seats to fold down into the boot floor. However, they still have a squared-off boot space, with a floor that’s flush to the load lip, and a small underfloor area to store the load bay cover. With the third row of seats in place there’s just room for a few shopping bags behind, but a small child’s buggy will be a squeeze.