The Nissan X-Trail is the fourth most popular medium-sized SUV in Australia, so it must be a winner for families?! We wanted to find out, so we put it through our testing!!
We drove the mid-range model, the Nissan X-Trail ST-L. It was a seven-seater so you could either carry a larger family or a family of five with an enormous dog in the boot!!
It felt like Nissan had thought of a lot when designing the X-Trail, as there were a lot of practical features like the in-cab storage and there were some nice surprising details such cooled cup holders.
The second row of seats slide backwards and forwards to adjust for legroom and their backrest angle can be reclined. This was great for carrying taller passengers in the front with rear-facing child seats in the second row. However, there is not enough space in the X-Trail to then have passengers in the third row in this instance. With child seats installed in the second row, I found the third row of seats to be almost unusable. Although the sliding second row is useful for bringing it forward to allow the rear passengers to climb in, once they are in there is nowhere for them to put their legs!?
The media system controls are hard to navigate and confusing to use; it is just too hard to find what you are looking for and I didn’t like that it settled onto a map screen even if you are not using sat-nav at the time. However, it was helpful that you could have your sat-nav directions on the digital display in front of your steering wheel.
The front seats were uncomfortable, forcing you to sit in a ‘C’ shaped position. No ponytails possible, as the headrest forced my head to tilt forward and the front of the seat base tilted upwards, which I find particularly uncomfortable. The front seats were heated, which was a pleasant feature but this meant perforated leather throughout the car which is harder to clean baby and child muck out of.
In the second row seats, there is top tether for all three seats and ISOFix for the two outer ones. I could fit two child seats into the outer seats but not fit a third seat in the middle as well. The middle seat's top tether anchor point is in the far rear ceiling, which would mean the straps were in the faces of any passengers in the third-row seats.
The boot space was good when using only five seats. It gives you more than enough room in the boot for a big pram like our Mountain Buggy Urban Jungle and six bags of shopping or the enormous family dog.
With all seven seats in use, there was room for five shopping bags across the little boot.
The roller blind parcel shelf is light and easily maneuverable, however the underfloor storage is clunky and very time-consuming, which I found hard to deal with when you have a mini-me at your heels!!
There is good storage in the front of the car and everything was well sized for practical use.
You can turn the rear camera on at any time you are stationary, which was a feature I found useful, especially positioning myself in parking spaces.
Overall the X-Trail is a good BabyDrive, especially if you are only using five seats and only occasionally need seven! Or if your children are mostly out of the rear-facing child seats. It gives you a good around-town drive, ample boot and cabin space, with good legroom from the sliding seats.
The X-Trail scored a five-star ANCAP safety rating and seven SRS airbags however it has no thrid row seatbelt alarm or airbags for the third row either.