The Look 

The Drive

On Board Computer

Camera & Parking

Seats & Rear Bench 

Cup Holders & Cubby Holes

Boot

Safety (Euro NCAP) 

Pound for pound a real contender for a large family car

Starting price: £25,910

Pros

3 boosters in the rear

Very large boot with hands free opening

Large, touchscreen with Smartphone integration

360 camera

Flush boot lip

Cons

Cup holders could be better positioned

Intro

The Nissan X-Trail is a great family car with plenty of space.  There are 4 trims levels in the X-Trail range; Visia, Acentra Premium, N-Connecta and Tekna, each with a 5 or 7 seater option.  We drove the Tekna in automatic which provided a smooth, easy drive. Being an SUV, it is great that the driver’s seat is perfectly positioned at a height allowing for great road visibility.  There is the optional added extra of 4-wheel drive, which is a great plus for those who love camping and caravanning adventures!

Interior

The interior has a stylish, smooth and slick finish with the on-board computer and dashboard sensibly laid out. Our only quibble would be to have the touchscreen higher so you’re not having to look down whilst driving.  All controls are within reach and easy to manipulate whilst driving.  It is definitely worth going for the Acentra trim or above for the smartphone integration, which we wouldn’t be without, allowing you to access your phone’s app. 

The dual climate control gets a big thumbs up for those of us who like it that little bit warmer than our other halves and the extra air con vents in the back means the little ones can keep cool too. 

The mirrors are incredibly large, providing great visibility.  They also flip in automatically when the car is locked.  There are front and rear parking sensors on the Acenta Premium upwards. However, our favourite feature is the “Intelligent Around View Monitor.” A 360° camera which allows you to see everything from a bird’s eye view, making parking an absolute doddle! You can even switch the camera view to zoom in and see how close you are to the kerb. If only all cars had this!

Seats & Passenger Space

The driver’s seat is adjustable electronically, meaning you can achieve the perfect position at the touch of a button. The interior synthetic fabric is wipeable – let’s hope so!  Sadly, there doesn’t seem to be an option for leather seats, which is a shame with little kiddies and sticky fingers.  There is plenty of leg room in both the front and the back and 3 adults would sit comfortable on the rear bench.

We had no problems fitting 2 large child seats and a third smaller booster seat in the centre on the back seat.  There are also 2 ISOFIX points here. 

The optional 3rd row of seats is definitely more suited to younger children as there is limited leg room. Older children would have no difficulties either, except maybe on longer journeys.

Privacy glass (rear tinted windows) is also available from the Acenta Premium upwards to keep out the sun’s glare.

Cups & Cubby

There are 2 good sized central cup holders in between the 2 front seats. Although being behind the gear stick means grabbing your coffee at a slightly awkward angle, we prefer them further forward. There is a small tray underneath the air con controls for keys and phones and this is where you’ll find the USB port. Extra storage can be found in the central armrest and the door bins are large enough to accommodate a water bottle and more. The glove box is a good size and can easily fit 2 iPads.

In the rear, there is a central armrest with 2 cupholders but if there are 3 kiddies in the back, there is plenty of space in the door bins. There are also additional storage pockets on the back of the driver and passenger seats, but you won’t get anything bulky in there except maybe a couple of colouring books.  

Boot Space

The boot is a great size!  We could fit a large stroller all the way in the back, leaving plenty of space for a weekly shop, school bags and much more.  By pushing the rear seats forward slightly, it provides even more boot space.  The boot floor is flush with the entrance, so there is no large drop meaning it is incredibly easy to slide pushchairs/prams in and out without any awkwardness.  Extra storage is provided in the 5 seater where the additional 2 seats would be.  If you do op for the 7 seater, with the additional 2 seats up, there is just enough room for a few shopping bags in the boot space behind.  The N-Connecta and Tekna also have roof rails and the hands-free automatic opening powered tailgate.  This basically means you can swipe your foot under the back of the car, where a sensor will open the boot for you automatically. No more putting the baby seat or those shopping bags down!

Summary

Overall, we absolutely loved the X-Trail. It is a fabulous family car at a great affordable price.  Having that little bit more comfort and space for passengers whilst gaining more boot space means that it ticks every box as far as we’re concerned (especially if you’re a larger family). It also provides many luxuries which come as standard, that with many cars you would have to budget substantially more for.   

We think you’ll struggle to find a better value large family car.

Car seats used in this review – 2 x Graco Tri Logic (width 40.8cm) 1 x Halfords Essentials Booster (width 39.5cm)

Boot Capacity - Kate and Claire

Boot Capacity

565 Litres

Car Dimensions - Kate and Claire

Dimensions

4690 mm (L) x 1820 mm (W) x 1740 mm (H)

Miles per Gallon - Kate and Claire

Miles per gallon

36.4-38.5

Range - Kate and Claire

Range

N/A

Speedometer - Kate and Claire

Speed

0-60 mph in 11.4 secs