Nissan terms the X-Trail’s interior as offering ‘Premiumness’, and although we have reservations about the vocabulary, we know what it’s getting at. The perception of quality within the X-Trail is imperative in the light of such formidable class competition, and for the most part it is successful.
Unlike the original, the instrumentation is place in a more conventional location behind the steering wheel to allow a clearer sighting of the sat-nav screen - the excellent Nissan/Infiniti touchscreen sat nav and entertainment unit in the top spec model - but the dashboard now looks traditional despite some strips of fancy trim. That aside, the build quality is excellent throughout. You won't hear a squeak from the centre console without using a sledge hammer and a mouse.
You sit high in the X-Trail, with a commanding view through the upright windscreen and over the bonnet. The front seats are wide, flat affairs that make for relaxing motorway cruising but will offer little support when traversing a steep gulley on a forest track. Head, elbow and legroom are excellent up front, but the high-set seats in the rear mean headroom is a little tight for tall adults.
The boot is sizeable, with a false floor hiding a range of storage compartments that can be altered to suit the load. Take this out and the maximum load space is 603 litres. Stow the split rear seats away and that rises to 1773 litres; more than the larger Freelander.