You’ve read the launch story. You’ve seen the walk-around video. Now, join us as we put the 2015 Nissan X-Trail through its paces in the third instalment of our new video review series to find out just how effective all that fancy onboard tech is.

Featured here is the top-spec 2.5 litre variant with Nissan’s All Mode Intelligent 4X4-i system. The QR25DE-k2 mill, which pumps out 171 PS at 6,000 rpm and 233 Nm at 4,000 rpm, is mated to Nissan’s Xtronic CVT transmission. If all that sounds a bit too familiar, the 2015 Nissan X-Trail features an Active Chassis Control platform that includes Active Ride Control, Active Trace Control and Active Engine Brake.

The first feature is designed to limit torque output and braking to maintain a smooth ride over undulations while Active Trace Control works to reduce understeer by automatically braking individual wheels. Active Engine Brake, on the other hand, introduces the notion of engine braking to the CVT gearbox – a world’s first for such a transmission, according to Nissan.

So all this adds up to quite a car, on paper at least. Now join us as we put the 2015 Nissan X-Trail through its paces to see whether all the fancy tech really do add up to a proper competitor to the Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5. If you like what you see, give us a thumbs up and be sure to subscribe to our Youtube channel.