For a mid-sized SUV, the X-Trail is big, and she makes you feel big too. There’s something about ferrying two children around on the road that makes me want to get into a solid vehicle. I feel more secure. The X-Trail feels substantially bigger in comparison, for example, to the Mazda CX-5. Even my three-year-old noticed being higher off the road, and she was so pleased, she actually commented on it.
The trade off, of course, is that the drive is heavier, she’s a bit slower to take off (I’m not sure why I’m referring to the car as a woman, it’s just come out and I’m going with it), and it does have a bigger turning circle. In a street where I think I’ll be able to do a u-turn, I find myself doing a three-point turn.
But the drive is smooth, there is lots of power behind the wheel. And goodness, you feel a bit like Brienne of Tarth in it.