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The 2023 Nissan X-Trail is a very popular SUV for families. I have a seven-seater model to test with my family for the week. Let's see how this seven-seat model stacks up as a BabyDrive…

BabyDrive Verdict

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I really like the five-seater Nissan X-Trail, so I am very keen to see how this seven-seat version is in comparison for families large and small.

When it comes to installing child seats into the 2023 Nissan X-Trail seven-seater, there are ISOFix points in the two outer second-row seats; they are not within plastic guides but are nice and easy to connect to.

2023 Nissan X-Trail seven-seater ISOFIX child seat anchorages in the second row

There are top tether anchorages on the back of both of those outer second-row seats that are easily accessible through the boot.

2023 Nissan X-Trail seven-seater top tether child seat anchorages in the second row

The central second-row seat has no ISOFix but does have a top tether anchorage in the ceiling above the third-row passenger's heads.

2023 Nissan X-Trail seven-seater top tether child seat anchorages in the second row

Three Infasecure child seats fit really easily across the second row of seats of the 2023 Nissan X-Trail seven-seater. I installed the Infaecure Achieve More and Momentum More forward-facing and the Adapt More infant capsule rear-facing.

2023 Nissan X-Trail seven-seater with three child seats installed in the second row

In the third-row seats, there are no ISOFix or top tether anchorages, so you can not install any child seats back there.

2023 Nissan X-Trail seven-seater has no top tether child seat anchorages in the third row

You can use an Infasecure Versatile folding booster seat back there for older kids because its super lightweight design means it does not require a top tether strap. However, with a child seat installed in the second-row central seat, it does mean you have the top tether strap going between the heads of the third-row occupants.

2023 Nissan X-Trail seven-seater with Infasecure versatile folding booster seat in the third row

Legroom is pretty good in the Nissan X-Trail, and we found with a rear-facing Infasecure Adapt More infant capsule in the second-row and a Versatile folding booster seat in the third-row we could fit a 186cm driver in the front, but there's not much legroom in the third-row.

2023 Nissan X-Trail seven-seater legroom with rear-facing child seats installed in the second row

The second-row seats are split 60:40, and with forward-facing child seats in the second row, you can slide the seats to distribute legroom as you need it across all three rows.

2023 Nissan X-Trail seven-seater legroom with forward-facing child seats installed in the second row

To access the third-row seats, you can slide the single seat forward and climb through to the third row, if you have three child seats installed in the second-row seats you will need to remove a child seat each time to do it. If this is a dealbreaker, it's worth knowing that the Nissan Pathfinder has great third-row access without removing a child seat.

2023 Nissan X-Trail seven-seater access to the third row with child seats installed in the second row

The doors of the Nissan X-Trail open really nice and wide, allowing easy access in and out of the car for passengers of all ages, and they make installing child seats easier, too.

2023 Nissan X-Trail seven-seater legroom with rear-facing child seats installed in the second row

Second-row passengers are kept comfortable with air vents in the back of the central console box.

Third-row passengers do not have air vents, but there are cup holders on both sides to hold drinks.

2023 Nissan X-Trail seven-seater boot space for dogs with two rows of seats in use

Second-row passengers have two cup holders in the central seat, a fold-down armrest, and a phone holder. Reusable or disposable coffee cups fit for older passengers, or a child's cup will fit in them too.

Map pockets on the back of both front seats will hold and conceal an iPad or book, and there are two USB-C sockets for charging devices.

2023 Nissan X-Trail seven-seater legroom with forward-facing child seats installed in the second row

Rear door bins will hold a refillable water bottle, and the door handles act as little storage wells for kids' toys or snacks, too.

In the front, the bridge-style central console has a lot of storage. Being open underneath there is a great storage area where you can pop your handbag or iPad. On the top, two cup holders will hold a reusable or disposable coffee cup…

…and in front of them a wireless phone charging pad, USB, USB-C and 12V socket.

The central console box is nice and spacious, and the glove box will fit a wallet and iPad.

There are lit vanity mirrors in the front and a lined glasses case in the ceiling.

The front door bins will fit a refillable water bottle and an iPad fits in them too.

The cabin of the 2023 Nissan X-Trail seven-seater is enjoyable to be in. The central console provides some much-needed personal space for parents, and it feels clutter-free.

Around in the boot, the 2023 Nissan X-Trail seven-seater is very spacious too. The carpeted floor is nice and flat. When only using two rows of seats it is perfect for an emergency nappy change and comfortable for a family medium/large size dog.

2023 Nissan X-Trail seven-seater boot space for dogs with two rows of seats in use

When using two rows of seats, thirteen bags of shopping will fit in the boot of the 2023 Nissan X-Trail seven-seater, which is comparable to the Honda CR-V, which also holds thirteen. The VW Tiguan holds twelve, the Mazda CX-5 holds fourteen, and the Toyota Rav4, Subaru Forester and Skoda Kodiaq all hold fifteen shopping bags.

2023 Nissan X-Trail seven-seater boot space for shopping with two rows of seats in use

When using two rows of seats, the LeclercBaby Influencer XL one-hand fold stroller fits nicely in the boot of the 2023 Nissan X-Trail seven-seater with the bassinet for those with infants with room for four bags of shopping beside it.

2023 Nissan X-Trail seven-seater boot space for shopping with single stroller pram if two rows of seats are in use

The LeclercBaby Influencer XL one-hand fold stroller fits in the boot of the 2023 Nissan X-Trail seven-seater, with room for nine bags of shopping.

2023 Nissan X-Trail seven-seater boot space for shopping with single stroller pram if two rows of seats are in use

The LeclercBaby Influencer XL one-hand fold stroller fits nicely in the boot of the 2023 Nissan X-Trail seven-seater, with room beside it for nine bags of shopping…

2023 Nissan X-Trail seven-seater boot space for shopping with single stroller pram if two rows of seats are in use

…and with its compatible Infasecure Adapt More Infant capsule installed into the seven-seat Nissan X-Trail.

2023 Nissan X-Trail seven-seater legroom with rear-facing child seats installed in the second row

Or a twin side-by-side pram will fit in the boot of the 2023 Nissan X-Trail seven-seater when using two rows of seats with two bags of shopping.

2023 Nissan X-Trail seven-seater boot space for twin side by side stroller pram and shopping with two rows of seats in use

When using all three rows of seats in the seven-seat Nissan X-Trail five shopping bags fit neatly.

2023 Nissan X-Trail seven-seater boot space for shopping with all three rows in use

Or the LeclercBaby Influencer XL one-hand fold stroller fits nicely in the boot of the seven-seat Nissan X-Trail when using all seven seats, with room beside it for two bags of shopping.

2023 Nissan X-Trail seven-seater boot space for single stroller pram and shopping with all three rows in use

The LeclercBaby Influencer XL one-hand fold stroller fits nicely in the boot of the seven-seat Nissan X-Trail when using all seven seats, with room beside it for two bags of shopping…

2023 Nissan X-Trail seven-seater boot space for single stroller pram and shopping with all three rows in use

…and with its compatible Infasecure Adapt More Infant capsule installed into the seven-seat Nissan X-Trail.

2023 Nissan X-Trail seven-seater legroom with rear-facing child seats installed in the second row

A twin side-by-side pram fits in the boot of the seven-seat Nissan X-Trail when using all three rows of seats, with the rear wheels taken off.

2023 Nissan X-Trail seven-seater boot space for twin side by side stroller pram and shopping with two rows of seats in use

Or you can fit a small dog!

2023 Nissan X-Trail seven-seater boot space for dogs with two rows of seats in use

The media system in the Nissan X-Trail is really nice, simple and easy to use. Within the settings, there are lots of things you can alter and customise.

My favourite is Volumes & Beeps. So you can adjust everything to the volume that works for your family.

The Nissan X-Trail does have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto so you can access your phone, music and Apps while driving.

The camera images when you put the X-Trail in reverse are quite small on the screen but they are nice and clear.

You can easily turn on and off the parking sensors by pressing the OK button on the left on the steeringwheel.

The seven-seat 2023 Nissan X-Trail is an easy and enjoyable car to drive. It is very ‘get in and go' and everything feels intuitive for the driver. With three child seats in the second row and two Infasecure Versatile folding booster seats in the third-row seats, visibility out of the back is very limited, so you rely on the side mirrors and reversing camera when parking and maneuvering. The seven-seat Nissan X-Trail doesn't feel big to drive for a seven-seater, which makes it easy to drive around town, and the good turning circle makes it easy in school and tight supermarket car parks to park.

The seven-seat Nissan X-Trail is comfortable for passengers in all three rows of seats and a smooth and pleasant car to drive.

2023 Nissan X-Trail seven-seater legroom with forward-facing child seats installed in the second row

The new 2023 Nissan X-Trail comes with seven airbags and has been given a five-star ANCAP safety rating.

Dual frontal airbags and side chest-protecting for the front passengers and side head-protecting (curtain) airbags are standard for the front and rear side passengers. A seventh airbag has been added between the front passengers' heads to prevent them from hitting together in the event of an accident.

 

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Tace Clifford
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Tace Clifford founded BabyDrive in 2017 after discovering a huge information gap in mainstream car reviews that left new parents and expanding families in the dark when it came to one of the biggest purchasing decisions of their lives.

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