Review - Nissan Patrol

April 06, 2021

image for Review - Nissan Patrol Size does matter sometimes. Whether you’re towing a boat to take to the lake on weekends or crossing the country with your caravan on a family trip, your car needs to stand up to the task.

The 2016 Nissan Patrol Ti is bigger than the Toyota LandCruiser, Range Rover Autobiography and Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan, and affords you a drive as imposing as its immense stature.

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An abundance of space and practicality

The Patrol is one of the largest passenger vehicles available in Australia, and with size comes space – plenty of space. A huge cabin offers a combination of luxury trimmings, leg and headroom within climate-controlled surrounds and soft leather seats to make long journeys comfortable for you and your brood.

But while it’s comfortable, don’t expect the elegance of a European vehicle. There’s plenty of hard plastic and faux-wood trimmings that will look tacky to some, although leather touches on the dashboard provide some sophistication.

On the plus side, the Patrol includes several lifestyle features like an electric sunroof, sat-nav and rear-view camera. The dash interface, however, is slightly clunky, and the media system lacks Bluetooth music-streaming capabilities.

Off-road, the Patrol offers you a range of driving modes (sand, rock and snow). There’s also hill-descent control, low range and superior suspension to see you through most rough road trips.

Drives well but likes a drink

A big car needs a big engine, and the Patrol doesn’t disappoint. Its 5.6-litre V8 delivers plenty of power and torque, and goes from 0-100km/h in an impressive 7.57 seconds.

At 2.7 tonnes, it’s heavy but drives delicately. Even sudden moves aren’t jerky, which is a pleasant surprise in such a large vehicle. All of this puts its driving capabilities ahead of the Toyota LandCruiser.

The Patrol really comes to life off-road, handling almost any terrain with ease thanks to its fully independent suspension. While it may struggle to keep up in rocky terrain, it will eventually make it through on sheer power. And thanks to its height, the underbelly will remain unscathed – which is a relief since that’s where the spare is kept.

While it’s built for off-road, the Nissan Patrol Ti has sporty elements that make it enjoyable in the city as well, so it’s equally good to ferry the kids to and from school, or to weekend sporting activities. Opt for manual driving and embrace the buzz as the engine roars with each gear change.

Fuel economy is high, but that should be expected in a vehicle like the Patrol. The supercharged V8 is quiet but chugged 17L/100km during testing (more than the official 14.5L/100km), making it an expensive ride.

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Our verdict

Starting at $69,990 for the Ti variant, the Patrol gives the petrol version of the Toyota LandCruiser a run for its money, but loses out in fuel economy. Overall, however, the 2016 Nissan Patrol Ti was built for adventure – it drives well, carries seven passengers comfortably and will make you feel at home while driving.

5 specs you need to know

  1. Engine: 5.6-litre V8.
  2. Transmission and drive: Seven-speed auto, four-wheel drive.
  3. ANCAP safety rating: Not tested.
  4. Official fuel economy: 14.5L/100km.
  5. Time from 0-100km/h as tested: 7.57 seconds.

Pros

  • Exciting, fast and smooth drive.
  • Abundance of space.
  • Plenty of power.

Cons

  • Heavy fuel consumption.
  • Clunky dash interface.
  • Slightly outdated interior.

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