The system is excellent and now there is no excuse for kerbing your wheels...
What's It Like to Live With
The Nissan X-Trail is equipped with a keyless entry system called i-Key, which means that as long as the key is on your person you can lock/unlock and start the car without the need to insert a key.
Getting in and out is a fairly easy affair with all doors opening wide, and if you have mobility issues you should find it easy to slide in and out, although both the front and rear cills are quite high.
The driver’s seat is fully adjustable as is the steering wheel but it suffers from a lever control to get the recline of the seat right – which is very hit and miss – it is much better with a rotary dial or better still powered – we did comment that getting into the ideal driving position was not the easiest of events.
On a long distance drive from Shropshire to Devon, we found the seats were comfortable and supportive, although on this model they do lack lumbar support if you feel the benefit of it.
Once on board, the cabin is generous with good head and legroom in the front and rear. The X-Trail will accommodate up to seven people with the optional rear seat package (£800), although the rearmost seats are only suited to small children as it would be a bit of a squeeze for anyone bigger and difficult to access – the middle row seats do slide to give some relief to those in the back. And the middle row seats are generous, although larger adults will moan in the middle seat.
The tailgate is powered and can be opened from the buttons next to the steering wheel or on the boot lid.
The boot will accommodate 550 litres of luggage with the middle row seats in place, or with the 60/40 split seats folded down and they fold near flat to the floor this increases to a whopping 1,982 litres. For comparison, the Honda CR-V’s boot measures in at 589/1699 litres and there isn’t the option of seven seats. The problem with the seven-seat option is that they intrude into the boot space and larger dogs might complain that they cannot easily stand up – consider if you can do without them.
All round vision is very good and it is easy to park as you benefit from a 360-degree bird's eye overview of the car – so not only can you see an enlarged rear view, you can also see the sides and what is in front of the car. The system is excellent and now there is no excuse for kerbing your wheels or not parking in a straight line to the kerb. There are also front and rear parking sensors.
Our ntec specification car came with auto-on headlights but we were surprised that they were not LED or Xenon but you do get LED daytime running lights, auto wipers and an automatic rearview dipping mirror as you would expect in this class of vehicle.