Room to spare
The Nissan Patrol Ti-L impresses on many fronts and size is just one
With each road test we carry out it’s always interesting to hear the first impressions the vehicle makes.
Responses generally vary depending on the interests of the viewer but not so with this week’s test, the Nissan Patrol Ti-L, where the reaction has been all but unanimous: “isn’t it big!”
It’s nearly 5.2m-long and just under 2m wide.
Only two variants are offered, both at the top end of Nissan’s equipment range, Patrol Ti and Ti-L. Note the “L” stands for Luxury not long wheelbase.
The Ti has eight seats with a centre bench in the middle row.
The Ti-L drops to seven seats with two large individual centre seats separated by a large armrest.
The Ti is priced from $71,990 and the Ti-L from $88,990.
The Ti-L’s size still clearly identifies it as a Nissan Patrol but there’s a new bumper and grille, revised triangular foglight housings and distinctive 18-inch alloy wheels.
Once inside the Patrol, the cabin is spacious with plenty of head and legroom for the occupants of the first and second rows. The outer seats of the second row fold and tumble for access to the third.
The second row can also be folded. Even with all seats in place there’s 550 litres of boot storage.
With the third row down, that expands to 1500 litres and with the centre row folded, there’s a vanlike 3000 litres.
Both variants are powered by a 5.6-litre V8 engine with 298kW of power and 560Nm of torque.
Transmission is through a nearseamless seven-speed automatic.
The 4WD drive system engages all four wheels when required, otherwise it defaults to the rear wheels. There is permanent 4WD, low-gearing and a diff lock for offroad forays. Both models get satellite navigation with 3-D mapping and traffic monitoring.
These Patrol models have useful manoeuvring features in front and rear parking sensors and intelligent around-view monitor which uses four cameras to provide multiple views around the vehicle.
Around town, the big Nissan isn’t as difficult to handle as its bulk would suggest. Steering is light and the parking aids overcome potential parking issues.
On both the motorway and country roads, the Patrol accelerates smoothly and purrs along.
Now to the elephant in the room — fuel consumption. Even using Nissan’s conservative factory-generated figures, they start at 14.4 litres per 100km on the combined urban/highway cycle. We were able to keep our average down to ‘just’ 15.8L/100km.
The sort-of good news is the fuel tank holds 140 litres, although once the low fuel warning light starts to flash, be prepared for a big hit to your bank balance, especially if you follow Nissan’s recommendation and use premium unleaded. Your local Nissan dealer is Albany City Motors 9842 8000.
The Patrol has a new grille, revised foglight housings, and 18-inch alloy wheels.
The cabin is spacious with plenty of head and legroom.