There’s ample space in the X-Trail for adults and its boot is pretty spacious, but it’s not terribly stylish…
The Nissan X-Trail’s interior doesn’t look quite as smart as a Kia Sorento’s cabin but everything feels just as solid. All cars feature some nice textured plastics on the dashboard, a set of silver air vents and glossy piano-black plastics on the centre console, but none feel particularly posh.
That said, its sturdy heating and ventilation controls are all within easy reach and they’re laid out in a logical grid – just like in a Kia Sorento or Skoda Kodiaq. The Nissan’s steering wheel controls feel disappointingly cheap though. Hop in the back and you’ll quickly find a few hard plastics and some sharp trims. Nothing feels flimsy or brittle, however, but it’s still not quite as well-built as the Kodiaq.
Pick a mid-range X-Trail Acenta car and you’ll be treated to metal-look trims, a leather steering wheel and a huge panoramic glass roof that makes the interior feel even airier.
A slick seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system is reserved for N-Vision models and above and you’ll have to fork out for a top-spec Tekna model if you want leather seats as standard.
The X-Trail’s interior is bland at best but at least everything feels solid
Every Nissan X-Trail comes with a DAB digital radio, a CD player and a rather small five-inch display as standard. You’ll have to pick a high-spec N-Vision or Tekna model if you want a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system but it’s well worth it.
The larger screen is slightly tricky to read in direct sunlight but its menus are logically laid out and have large bright icons. A set of physical shortcut buttons makes switching between key features a doddle, too. It’s not quite as responsive as the system in a Skoda Kodiaq, however, and you’ll have to take your eyes off the road for longer to adjust some of its more detailed settings.
Unfortunately, you can’t get Apple CarPlay, Android Auto or MirrorLink smartphone mirroring on any Nissan X-Trail. So, if you want to use satellite-navigation on the car’s big screen, you’re stuck with choosing between the two priciest models – the N-Vision and Tekna. Pick one of these though, and you’ll find the sat-nav’s directions are easy to follow and inputting postcodes is a piece of cake. You can even download a weather report for your chosen destination – or just look out of the window when you get there…
Entry-level Visia cars come with a fairly weedy four-speaker stereo system but every other Nissan X-Trail get a beefier system with either six or eight speakers as standard. Neither sounds quite as good as the standard Bose stereo in high-spec Tekna models, however. Unfortunately, you can’t get this system in cars fitted with seven seats.