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.