Says the Nissan Patrol is a bit like Kim Kardashian
n a lot of ways, the Nissan Patrol reminds me of Kim Kardashian. It’s larger than life, unashamed of its size and seemingly every where you look.
Like Kim, the Patrol is also smart and has an uncanny ability to satisfy the appetite of its audience. And, of course, just like Ms Kardashian, there are plenty of people queuing up to criticise it.
In the case of the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star, it is her tendency to reveal more than we would like that gets people going, while with the Patrol it is the tendency to see it looming in your rear view mirror that riles people.
However, having now driven the Patrol, I have been won over and can say I’m a fan of this mammoth eightseater.
Initially, it was quite intimidating to get into the Patrol given its size.
It’s huge, inside and out.
However, one of the things that surprised me the most about the car was that, despite its gargantuan size, it was pretty easy to manoeuvre. That said, whenever I left it in a car park I sought out the farthest corners to make sure I had plenty of space. The Patrol is powered by a 5.6-litre, V8 petrol engine, which generates 400bhp. This is more than enough power even given the car’s considerable size. Inside, the Patrol is equally huge. Everything is big - the seats, the doors, the dashboard, even the steering wheel. And while it is raised quite high from the ground, my wife found it easy to get in and out of thanks to side steps and hand holds. Given the starting price for the Patrol is a relatively low, Dhs179,000, it is also well equipped, with a host of safety features, such as lane departure and forward collision warnings, as well as back-up collision intervention and intelligent brake assist. All the infotainment and steering wheel-mounted controls were also easy to use. All that adds up to an attractive package, again something it has in common with Ms Kardashian.