Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

There’s an excellent driving position – but Trek models don’t come with reach adjustment on the steering column. It’s standard on all other models though and the driver’s seat can be adjusted in a number of directions. There are also buttons on the steering wheel to control the stereo and cruise control, so you don’t have to take your hands off the wheel.

The dash is well laid out, intuitive to use and generally fuss-free. Chunky dials control the air conditioning system and are easy to use on the move. Forward visibility is good, although the view out of the back is restricted by thick pillars. There is, however, a reversing camera on top models that shows what’s behind the car and makes parking much easier.

The ‘Panoramic Sunroof’ – which runs for much of the length of the roof – gives the interior a very bright interior and an airy feel when it’s open in the summer. The downside is that it eats into headroom – which is already quite tight. Taller passengers will find that their head touches the rooflining – kids will be fine though. Legroom is acceptable, but again, adults will find it tight.

On the move the X-Trail is quiet and well insulated against wind, road and engine noise. The stereo plays MP3 files and – with Bluetooth enabled – it’s possible to use a phone hands-free through the stereo speakers and built-in microphone. Overall, Nissan X-Trail comfort levels are reasonable.