The Murano is a refined 4x4 with distinctive looks. It also comes with just about every piece of luxury kit you can think of.
The handling and performance don't live up to the sharp styling, and it looks expensive to buy and run next to its rivals.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
There are two engines to choose from, and the petrol one is a detuned version of the 3.5-litre V6 from the 350Z sports car. Unfortunately, this is linked to a CVT automatic gearbox that's reluctant to let the engine rev. Factor in the Murano's considerable weight, and performance is disappointing. The diesel engine is a good one and naturally gives better economy, but its performance is best described as sedate.
Ride & Handling
The Murano uses the four-wheel-drive system from the latest X-Trail, but it's not a car designed for serious off-roading. Instead, it's most at home on smooth, straight roads. You'll be far less impressed when the road turns twisty, because there's a lot of body lean, and the soft suspension isn't as forgiving as you might expect over bumps. The numb steering also disappoints, although the car at least grips well.
Aside from a touch of wind noise at motorway speeds, the Murano is impressively refined. The only sounds from the petrol engine are the sort you'll want to hear when you put your foot down, and road noise is shut out effectively.