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BabyDrive Verdict

Last year I reviewed the seven-seater, mid-range Nissan X-Trail ST-L. Now I've had a chance to drive the five-seater Nissan X-Trail Ti AWD and compare the two, to see how good this five-seater Ti model is as a BabyDrive.

Unlike the seven-seater ST-L model, legroom is not a problem in the five-seater Ti. 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, as they had 28cm of knee room, with rear-facing child seat behind them! 

The front seats were much more comfortable in the Ti model with lots of electronic adjustments available. No ponytails possible still though!

There is a top tether for all three rear seats and ISOFix for the two outer ones. I could only fit two child seats into both models of X-Trail, as the car is just not wide enough! I fitted a rear-facing Britax Graphene and forward-facing Britax Maxi Guard Pro. The middle seat's top tether is in the ceiling of the boot so if you put a child seat in the central seat of the ST-L seven-seater model then the strap would be in any rear passengers' faces!

The boot space was very good, and the five-seat Ti model held 14 shopping bags from empty, which one more than its competitors the Mazda CX-5, Subaru Forester and Honda CR-V. That's also two more than the VW Tiguan and one less than the Skoda Kodiaq. 

The boot was easily large enough for the Mountain Buggy Duet twin stroller and tandem and single strollers fitted equally well too.

The roller blind parcel shelf is light and easily maneuverable and there are two underfloor storage compartments too.

The interiors are much the same in the two models. Nissan has thought of a lot when designing the X-Trail, as there are a lot of practical features like good in-cab storage and there were some nice surprising details such as heated and cooled front cup holders. In the five-seater Ti, there are other comforts like heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel and increased safety and driver assist technology.

I found the media system was very outdated and didn't have Apple CarPlay or Android Auto and the controls were hard to navigate and frustratingly confusing to use; it was just too hard to find what I was looking for and I didn’t like that it settled onto a map screen even if I wasn't using sat-nav at the time. However, it was helpful to have sat-nav directions on the digital display in front of the steering wheel.

 

It has a 360-degree camera that you can turn on at any time you are stationary, which was a feature I found useful, especially for positioning myself in parking spaces. The image quality wasn't great though.

Overall I found the X-Trail Ti a great BabyDrive if you only need two child seats, I think it is much more spacious and practical as a five-seater. It gives you a good around-town drive, ample boot and cabin space, with good legroom.

The X-Trail scored a five-star ANCAP safety rating and seven SRS airbags however if you are going for the seven-seater version it has no third-row seatbelt alarm or airbags for the third row either.

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