2002 Nissan Patrol 4.8l

By NRMA Motoring on 06 March 2002
2002 Nissan Patrol

Engine
Transmission
Fuel Economy
16.4 L/ 100km
Output
ANCAP rating

Not Tested

Nissan's upgraded 2002 Patrol now has the petrol engine/automatic drivetrain to match it with long time rival, Toyota's LandCruiser.

Value for money

Pricing

The 4.8-litre ST Patrol manual wagon costs $52,740; the five-speed automatic Ti is $70,740. The five-speed auto is a $2,800 option on the ST.

Warranty

Three years/100,000 km/roadside assistance; above average.

Standard equipment

Cruise control, air conditioning, a CD player, power windows and mirrors, remote central locking and a pair of third row seats are standard in the ST. A passenger's airbag should be included at the price - it is available, packaged with ABS brakes, as a $2,000 option.

The Ti adds leather upholstery, alloy wheels, automatic air conditioning, ABS brakes, a passenger's airbag, side airbags, a rear diff lock, bullbar, power-adjustable front seats, an in-dash six-CD stacker, sunroof and rear air conditioning vents.

Retained value

63% after three years; slightly below average.

Design and function

Ergonomics

The driver's seat has a height/tilt-adjustable cushion and head restraint. Travel may be limited for some long-legged drivers. You sit high above the pack, facing a simple, efficient dash layout, with great vision in all directions. The wheel is height adjustable, but reach is fixed.

Innovation

The five-speed automatic, with sequential shifting, is a first in the heavyweight four-wheel-drive class.

Safety

The Patrol scored only two stars out of five in 1998 ANCAP crash tests.

Security

Remote central locking and an engine immobiliser are standard.

Comfort

The large driver's seat is luxuriously comfortable, but lacks side bolstering for proper support when cornering. The middle seat is narrower and less comfortable than the Cruiser's. Adults sit knees up with only a lap-belt in the centre. The two rear seats are fine for kids, and adults on a short drive, but again your knees are up around your chin.

Space and practicality

For such a large wagon, the Patrol is not particularly space efficient. Leg room, in any seating position, is at a premium. The 60/40 vertically-split tailgate has its pros and cons compared with the Cruiser's horizontally split arrangement. It's a pity you can't easily remove the two back seats, as in the Toyota, because they severely restrict load capacity.

The 50/50 split-middle-seat backrest double folds for a flat 1.65 metre extended floor, without compromising front seat travel. Two child restraint anchors are located in the floor immediately behind the two outer middle seat positions.

Build and finish quality

On very rough outback roads, there is a hint of body flex and the occasional squeak and rattle from the tailgate. Otherwise, quality is typically high standard Japanese issue.

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