Bought this last summer - two years old with 30,000 miles on the clock. Drove it through France in the summer - 2000 miles in two weeks – averaging 50+ mpg cruising at or around the speed limits. Interior layout is very flexible - remove middle rear seat and move two outer seats in board a little and they can then move forwards and backwards by about 10 inches. Makes for great legroom but does leave you too far away from window arm rest. Rear seats could also do with being an inch or so wider. I find driver’s seat comfortable but my wife would like the passenger seat to have height adjustment. Engine has tremendous pulling power above 1300 rpm when the turbo gathers steam! Even the very high 6th gear will cope with most hills. Drop down to 4th and you can pull away from most hot hatches! All this with great economy. Handling and ride are reasonable - firm but copes well with most surfaces. The other really good feature is the sat nav with 7 inch colour screen. Very easy to use and useful - even when you have a good idea of where you are going you can use it like a scrolling map just to keep track of when the next junction or turning is. Also has a great computer with instant readouts on fuel consumption, average since last reset etc, plus natty reversing camera - especially good when you are lining up a tow hook. Overall, a very good, well built but underrated car. Far better built and more reliable than the average Renault Scenic or Citreon Picasso.
I live in Spain. This is the second Nissan I have purchased here and have been pleased with the results. However, like another review, I cannot obtain the update for my Birdview satellite-navigation unit.
I have telephone five times, visited the show room twice, posted a letter to Nissan (in Barcelona, where it is made), sent two e-mails to Barcelona, contacted Zenrin (the makers in Europe) and no-one wants to sell me the new Europe DVD update disk X6060 that Zenrin themselves told me was available in December 2005. And I am about to drive to the UK!
I bought the car as a lifestyle change. It does what I expected, but better than expected. I bought it at six months old with 12,000 miles. The satellite-navigation is one of the best I have used, but although the car was a 2005 model, they all came with a 2002 DVD for it. After major tantrums with the manufacturer, they have obtained a 2005 version.
I am frustrated because it is a top-of-the-range model, and although the wing mirrors are electric, they are not heated and are not an option! It is not good enough, Nissan, this is penny-pinching in the extreme.
The engine is supplied by Renault and is a cracker. Many have been surprised by its understated grunt. Unfortunately, it has developed an oil leak from the main bearing oil seal -not in keeping with the reliability of Nissan engines, but the dealership (Reg Vardy in Leeds) has been fantastic in many ways.
I like the reversing camera, it gets you within millimetres of what is behind you, day or night. I like the onboard computer too. I don't like the way the rear screen is always covered in spray when driving on a wet road. I fitted mud flaps to cure it - don't bother, they did not work. The car needs as standard a rear spoiler to cure this problem.
When driving in heavy rain, the air filter box collects lots of water. There is no drain and so far it has never been deep enough to be drawn into the engine. The air filter inlet is very badly positioned. Would I buy another? Yes, probably.
Good levels of equipment and good storage provision. Driving is generally comfortable with easy controls and fairly good seat/steering adjustments. Climate control quite effective but can be intrusively noisy. Handling generally good, but heavy rear load makes you careful, and doesn't go well on lumpy country roads. Overall road noise okay in urban areas, but intrusive on the motorway.
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