Is there anything interesting about its design?
Once upon a time, the X-Trail was boxier than a box, but not any more. This Nissan’s fine looks are one of its strengths. This is a mid-sized SUV that combines elegant curves that sweep over its wheel arches and through to its bonnet with a bold and determined looking front end, plus a cleanly styled tailgate.
There is, however, an X-Trail that is more beautiful than this one, and it’s called a Renault Koleos which is the French company’s re-styled version of its Japanese partner company’s SUV. But we’re not here to talk about that.
The Ti is the top-of-the-range petrol X-Trail and what sets it apart visually from the lower grades are the chrome strips which skirt under the doors, a panoramic sun roof, LED headlights, 19-inch aluminium-alloy wheels... and that’s it.
The dark tinted windows you can see on our test cars also come on the ST-L grade below, and so do those roof rails and fog lights.
What are the X-Trail’s dimensions? That’s a good question, because these pics I’ve taken make the X-Trail look bigger than it really is. At just under 4.7m long, 1.8m wide and 1.7m tall, the X-Trail is same height and width as a Subaru Forester but about 10cm longer.
The Ti’s insides don’t look much different from the ST-L’s either (are you starting to get the message here?) with the black leather seats and larger touchscreen.
While the exterior looks are an X-Trail strength, the same can’t be said for its cabin, which isn’t as modern and refined as rivals including the Mazda CX-5, Subaru Forester, Volkswagen Tiguan or Renault Koleos.