Nissan is famous for its SUVs but there’s not just the Qashqai. With over 800,000 units sold in 167 countries, the original X-Trail was applauded for its superior performance, functionality and real SUV experience. Look at any SUV on the market right now and you’ll see that the term has been significantly watered down from its original meaning of a weekend up the mountains with all of your camping gear in tow, but the fact that X-Trail can be had with up to 7 seats makes it an appealing alternative to an MPV and one that Nissan suggests can allow an entire family to go adventuring in together.
There’s just the one SUV body style on offer but if you really are into getting off the beaten track and are willing to spend a bit more, the X-Trail can be equipped in 4-wheel drive and its raised ride height will come in handy, too. There’s a choice of a 1.7-litre diesel engine or a 1.3-litre petrol engine with both manual and automatic gearboxes on offer.
If 7 seats aren’t a priority, the X-Trail’s smaller sibling is well worth a look – the Nissan Qashqai has consistently been a class-leader in all areas. Looking at different manufacturers, the X-Trail has fierce competition when it comes to the Mazda CX-5, Toyota Rav4, Peugeot 5008, not to mention the Skoda Kodiaq, which also boasts plenty of space for a growing family and luggage.
“Smart and spacious, the Nissan X-Trail SUV is the 7-seater for the urban family.”