Room to spare

The Nis­san Pa­trol Ti-L im­presses on many fronts and size is just one

Albany Extra - - News - Alistair Kennedy

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.

Pic­ture: Mar­que Mo­tor­ing

The Pa­trol has a new grille, re­vised fog­light hous­ings, and 18-inch al­loy wheels.

The cabin is spa­cious with plenty of head and legroom.

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