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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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53 reader reviews for Nissan Pathfinder 4x4.
  • 2.5 dCi T-Spec 7st 5dr

    Mark Limb , Merseyside . Date: 21/09/2005
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I've just had this car for two days from Nissan. It's better than the reports I have read. It handles itself fairly well on the road with not a lot of lean in corners.

    It's a large 4x4, so don't expect it to be fast. On paper, it's quicker in the sprint to 62mph than the XC90 (Euro III engine) and only about 0.5sec behind the Landcruiser. It did feel quicker than I expected.

    There is a lot of plastic in the cabin, which lessens its refinement and overall appearance. However, it has plenty of space for the family with seven seats.

    The auto 'box gets a bit of getting used to. It initially feels like a car with a slipping clutch and as if the engine is over-revving and missing the diesel power band at times.

    The auto box also has a manual mode, which can be useful. I tried very hard to get it to step out in corners but it was having none of it.

    The fuel economy I was getting was 28mpg on average but, give it a bit of a push, and I was down to an average of 26mpg fairly quickly. On the motorway, it was better at 33mpg.

    My only gripe is the engine noise. Put you foot down and it sounds like the exhaust is blowing and the engine sounds rather rough. However, once you’re at speed, it's fine and quiet even at 70mph.

    On reflection, it's not worth £28-£30k. It's more a £24-£26k car. It doesn’t have the prestige or refinement of an XC90. If Nissan can’t sell them cheaper, I'll be getting a one-year-old XC90.

  • 2.5 dCi SVE 7st 5dr

    CARL STRINGER , HAMPSHIRE . Date: 18/08/2005
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I've just completed my first 1000 miles in my Pathfinder SVE and it's been a fantastic experience.

    I've always owned Audis before and when the kids out-grew the A3 we needed the 7 seater I'm so glad I made the change.

    The space is great, the car is full of gadgets and extras which everyone admires such as auto lights, inteligent key, etc.

    The ride is firm at times but let's face it it's not a luxury car, it is a real 4x4 with all the trimmings of a great car. My first journey was from Bridgewater to Paderborn in Germany - 600 miles on one tank of fuel! Fantastic but around town that does get reduced.

    I got home after that drive feeling tired but comfortable the car was wonderful to drive especially using the cruise control which is really good. I 've also taken it off road in a forest and it performed excellant just as good as a land rover i should know i driven them off road for years!

    I have changed the headlights which was easy and not costly either. The Nissan garage couldn't be more helpful. The only gripe I have is the car has nowhere to store the boot cover something which could have been very handy to have.

    This car has drawn so much attention from passers by with it's great looks and impressive size it is big! it's unbeleivable. I'm very happy with this car the only bad thing is I have to share it with my wife!

  • 2.5 dCi T-Spec 7st 5dr

    Kenneth McLeod , Bedfordshire . Date: 25/07/2005
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have just test-driven this vehicle and was kindly given 40 minutes to take it on both fast dual carriageway and on country lanes.

    I was immediately disappointed with the bumpy ride, from initial slow traffic speed, on to smooth fast roads and then on to country roads.

    The ride became so uncomfortable that my wife and I returned the vehicle after half an hour, feeling like we had travelled a long distance on poor road surfaces on a cart.

    This proved to be a shame as the initial impression in the showroom was very good, with a very well appointed vehicle and helpful sales staff.

    With all the equipement as standard on this model, it could be seen as great value, however the trade off in respect of this is the very poor ride quality.

    I immediately went and test-drove the Discovery, and am sorting purchase of a lower-spec model of it as I write. No contest.

  • 2.5 dCi T-Spec 7st 5dr

    Andy Morrison , Scotland . Date: 04/06/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    After having 3 Landrover Discoveries, I got sick of the poor quality service centres so I went for the Nissan Pathfinder T-Spec auto, and I'm glad I did!

    The gadgets are amazing and the onboard computer is clear and informative.

    It handles fine and personally I think the auto is fine for a diesel.

    It's certainly a head-turner as there doesn't seem to be many of these machines on the road just now (if that's what rocks your boat).

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