The Nissan Terrano is an affordable 4x4 capable of housing large families and/or groups traveling for leisure. Although it pales in comparison to the industry class leaders, the Terrano’s capabilities does equal a truck able to tow a caravan or horse trailer. At the same time, the vehicle’s capacity is perfect for parents that need to transport their children thanks to its five-doors and seven-seater accommodations. The overall style may not be everyone’s preference but Nissan assures quality control, reliable performance, and great value for money in all its features.
The Terrano comes with three engine choices. There’s the 2.4-litre petrol at 100bhp that delivered a relaxed drive along motorway speeds but wasn’t much of a sprinter. The 2.7-litre diesel has been improved after its initial release and now features an intercooler and an additional 25bhp. The latest engine available is the 3.0 Di; this unit promises a strong performance but doesn’t deliver the same refinement as the other engines.
All of the Terrano’s seats are comfortable enough but could use more support especially for long trips. All around visibility is guaranteed from the driver’s seat but expect the legroom to be a bit tight due to limited room. Shorter or taller drivers can easily adjust the steering wheel, but the wheel itself takes some getting used to. You won’t have any problems reaching for the basic switches.
Boot space is adequate and the five-door setup makes it a spacious vehicle to bring for long trips. There’s also a seven-seater option for larger families or groups.
The Terrano’s TD LX engine comes with an adjustable steering column and a split rear seat. Then there’s the SLX models’ electric windows, sunroof and aerial, central locking, and an additional third row of seats. The SLX models include a height/lumber adjustable driver’s seat and body-coloured bumpers. The SE models have more of the upgrade with its alloy wheels, body-coloured mirrors, wood trim dash, and front fog lights. All variations include wider wheel arches, better door locks, an upgraded trim and audio, and brand new bumpers. The trim level models: the SR, SE, and S models are diverse in their upgrades. The S includes black bumpers, a split folding rear seat, and fog lights. The SR trim includes the black electric/heated door mirrors, upgraded interior and instruments, body-coloured door balances, and even an electric tilt/slide sunroof.
As a 4x4, the Terrano executes tow-car ability and is able to withstand the variety of off-road conditions. Around town, however, the ride tends to be soft and bodyroll is noticeable when going into corners. It also doesn’t deliver an equally impressive performance on the road like its competitors.
Engine, road, and wind noise is noticeable in most journeys. Rear passengers will have difficulty settling in as they squeeze their shoulders and legs inside the vehicle. The interior also tends to look dull, making the Terrano a forgettable competitor against the more luxurious 4x4s.
If one can afford the class leader 4x4s, then it’s better to opt for that alternative. But if one is after value for money and requires an off roader as soon as possible, then the Terrano isn’t a bad choice.
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