Nissan Patrol Ti-L – The automotive landscape in Australia is full of long term rivalries such Ford vs Holden and Patrol vs LandCruiser. The ageing Patrol has had somewhat of a resurgence this year, mainly due to the outstanding value equation and supply issues for the LandCruiser. In the past the LandCruiser outsold the Patrol buy sometimes 7:1, but this year that is closer to 2:1 and last month it was almost 1:1 in sales.
Buyers simply find they can save sometimes $30,000 on similarly equipped models plus get their vehicle much sooner and only forsake a few features.
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It still comes with a, a big 5.6 litre V8 petrol engine with 298 kW and 560Nm of torque matched to a seven-speed automatic transmission and permanent 4WD. Plant the right foot and it will drink fuel at an astonishing rate and there is simply no way to drive it economically around town. On the freeway its heaps better.
Add to that the prodigious 4WD capability and excellent towing credentials and you can see why it’s popular.
But the news isn’t all good, it’s getting old inside now and desperately needs an update and it misses basic features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
Priced from around$82,000 through to $95,115 plus the usual costs, you can understand buyer’s interest.
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What is good?
- Comfort and safety features
- Good touring and towing
- Very competent off road
What is not so good?
- Thirsty V8 petrol engine
- No Apple CarPlay or Android Auto
- Its big but the third row of seats is still cramped
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Some more Patrol thoughts
- I love the fact that this vehicle even exists with all the hype surrounding electric cars,
- The big V8 petrol sounds good and drives smoothly
- Put the foot down and it goes as does the petrol
- Its big, bold and screaming look at me and again I love that it does that,
- It will happily cruise along the freeway with ease and tow pretty much anything you put behind it, around town the sheer size can be confronting especially in smaller carparks, you know those tight city ones that have curved access between levels and a go cart would feel big.
- Front seat leg room is slightly restricted for taller drivers like me,
- The benefit is that middle row seats have plenty of leg room.
- The entertainment screens are inbuilt into the front headrests which is good,
- Third row seats are ok, for younger occupants but better than many seven seat 4WDs
- the rear two rows of seats fold flat for a cavernous and practical boot area
- The interior is really comfortable especially the seats.
- However there is no evading the fact it’s old and in desperate need of an interior update and technology overhaul.
- Footbrake! Seriously Nissan
- Its 4WD capability is unquestioned, however these days very few seem to utilize that
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|5.6L V8 Petrol
|7 Sp Sports AT Dual range 4WD
|298kW @ 5,800rpm
|560Nm @ 4,000rpm
|Not Tested by ANCAP
|0-100kmh / Top Speed
|14.4L/100km / 144L capacity
|Economy on test
|6Mth / 10,000km
|5yr/ Unlimited km
|Road side Assist
|5Yr. conditional roadside assist
*MLP Includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of options. Some features mentioned in the article are options. RDAP means Recommended Drive Away Price (without options but including all other charges)
|Behind the Wheel
|Ride and Handling
|Fit for Purpose
|10 (AWD 5/5 Towing 5/5 )
|Value for Money
*Towing and AWD capability is measured against similar vehicles in the same class.
|Max ground clearance
|Up to 273mm
|Turning Circle KTK
|Boot Capacity Min
|Boot capacity Max
|Tow Ball rating
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Nissan Patrol Ti-L – The automotive landscape in Australia is full of long term rivalries such Ford vs Holden and Patrol vs LandCruiser.
I love the fact that this vehicle even exists with all the hype surrounding electric cars,
Priced from around $82,000 through to $95,115 plus the usual costs, you can understand buyer’s interest.