The Nissan Murano provides luxury comparable to the BMW X5, but without the high-end brand’s sky high price. Nissan’s own take to the X5 is also a 4x4, but one that’s meant for the road instead of tough terrain around the country. Unlike typical 4x4s meant for slopes, dirt, and other rough surfaces, the Nissan Murano has a coupe-type body and a sporty façade for such a function.
Surprisingly the Murano only has one diesel engine offered with its large 4x4 structure. You can get a 3.5-litre V6 at 230bhp that’s actually the same unit found in the 350Z, but with more modifications that will work with the vehicle’s large body. Expect it to arrive at a 62mph sprint after 8.9 seconds. This engine is very responsive and eager as it moves and is able to work through thanks to its low-down pulling power. The engine comes with a CVT automatic gearbox that has a sequential manual mode and six pre-set gears. There’s a lower gear you can hold and revs can be kept high so that you can easily drive through the twisty roads. The engine is also able to keep a worthy performance even on standard mode. Fuel economy is at about 23mpg.
The Murano is able to handle conditions like most everyday, on road cars. Steering is well weighted and body roll kept at a minimum when turning into corners. The ride is also kept smooth as the body is able absorb bumps on difficult road surfaces. As previously mentioned, the Murano’s large size is meant for everyday road conditions so off-road capability is only limited to a few aspects. You won’t have any problem taking this 4x4 through snow or across muddy fields.
The back seats are quite spacious, providing more than enough leg and headroom on long journeys. Seats out back can also be reclined for better comfort. Two passengers are recommended for longer journeys while shorter trips can accommodate three at the back. The cabin maintains a quiet atmosphere by toning down road and wind noise to a minimum. The engine only gets noisy in order to roar the vehicle into a heavy acceleration. Front passengers will have no problems as well on the wide and supportive seat that offers more than enough leg and headroom. Drivers can gain easy access to the climate control and have the leather upholstery to look forward to.
Although the Murano has a large boot at 438 litres, it could use a few improvements. The opening needs to be wider for easy access. Thankfully the area makes up for this slight flaw by allowing for easy sliding in and out of heavy objects and rear seats that can be folded down to make the load floor flat.
Taller drivers will have to get used to adjusting on the wheel as the Murano doesn’t have reach adjustment. Instead drivers have to tilt to get comfortable. Nonetheless the driving position is good enough and doesn’t give the same impression as the 4x4. The controls are also user friendly, letting you press each button and readily adjust the driver settings accordingly.
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