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3 out of 5 stars

For The Murano is very good to drive, well equipped and spacious enough for five people

Against There's no diesel engine, and the Nissan badge lacks prestige

Verdict It's a real alternative to a prestige 4x4, if you don't mind the badge or the bills

Go for… 3.5 V6

Avoid… None - there is only one model.

Nissan Murano 4x4
  • 1. The Murano has been recalled for checks on the rear seat belts and the fuel tank
  • 2. There's no diesel option - just a smooth 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine
  • 3. Excellent room up front, in the back and in the boot makes this a fine family car
  • 4. Standard equipment includes pretty much every item of safety and luxury kit you can think of
  • 5. Limited supply means the Murano isn't a cheap used buy
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Nissan Murano 4x4 full review with expert trade views

The Murano has the tremendous performance and style of a coupe combined with the space and practicality of a family car, the height of a 4x4 and four-wheel drive to give it a little off-road ability.

Nevertheless, it's on the road where the car is at its best. The 3.5-litre V6 engine (a detuned version of the one in the 350Z) gives fantastic performance, and the Murano is surprisingly agile.

That size works to its advantage, too, especially as the car is just a five-seater - Nissan hasn't squeezed everything up to fit two extra seats into the boot. As a result, there's excellent room up front as well as enough head- and legroom on the back seat to make it a genuine five-seater; and enough boot space to make it a fine family car.

Trade view

Martin Keighley

Not the hit that Nissan hoped for. Too expensive so few sold. Badly needs a diesel

Martin Keighley
Valuations expert,
What Car? Used Car Price Guide

Other than take it or leave it, there isn't really a choice when you're looking at buying a Murano. It has only ever come with one engine and one (automatic) transmission, so once you've decided to buy one, the only real choice is what colour to look for.

The standard equipment already includes pretty much every item of safety and luxury kit you can think of - four airbags, traction control and an electronic stability programme, as well as a superb Bose stereo, sat-nav, leather upholstery and climate control - so you probably won't need to worry about finding a car with any options fitted (not that there are many).

For the record, you may find a car with metallic paint, but that's pretty much the only option. However, some owners may have fitted accessories such as body styling, boot mats or a Trackstar security system.

Trade view

James Ruppert

Creates a lot of interest, 250 XL imports around at low prices

James Ruppert
Used car guru

With very limited supply, and almost all cars still at Nissan dealers, prices are very high. True, they're not quite at BMW X5 or Volvo XC90 levels, but they are similar to those of BMW's other 4x4, the X3.

Likewise, some may find the Murano's running costs dear, and more in keeping with those of more prestigious rivals. Its official combined fuel consumption of 23mpg is only equal to the equivalent petrol-engined versions of the BMW X3 and less than that of a Lexus RX350. There are no diesel or hybrid versions.

That said, its insurance rating is lower than these rivals' and routine service costs less than for an X3. What's more, if you need unscheduled work, there's more good news: Warranty Direct says both dealer labour rates and average repair bills are at the lower end of the scale.

Trade view

Martin Keighley

Not the hit that Nissan hoped for. Too expensive so few sold. Badly needs a diesel

Martin Keighley
Valuations expert,
What Car? Used Car Price Guide

Two recalls have affected the Murano, both relating to cars built before the end of 2005. In the first, there was a concern that the rear seat belts might not work properly in an accident, while the second related to concerns about possible damage to the fuel tank.

However, the Murano is still a relatively new car, and every model is covered by the new-car warranty, so these are the only concerns we have heard of about its quality and reliability.

Certainly, the online reviews from owners give no cause for alarm. There are occasional gripes about the fuel economy, but no mention of any problems. Warranty Direct tells us that claim rates on Nissans are lower than average, and the company's cars consistently do well in reliability surveys.

We fully expect the Murano to follow other Nissan 4x4s like the Patrol and X-Trail and be extremely solid and reliable.

Trade view

James Ruppert

Creates a lot of interest, 250 XL imports around at low prices

James Ruppert
Used car guru
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