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  • Bigger and roomier; excellent noise suppression of wind, road and engine; excellent performance from great-sounding V8; capable off-road; expected reliability
  • Ride comfort not quite to luxury SUV standards; steering feel lacking; chintzy interior; cramped third-row seating; expensive; ST-L and Ti lack equipment; very thirsty

OUR RATING
6 / 10



Nissan Patrol Review
Nissan Patrol Review
Nissan Patrol Review

There are iconic nameplates in the motoring industry, and there is the Nissan Patrol. In its 60 years and five generations, the large four-wheel-drive from Japan has built up a fiercely loyal fanbase in this country, centred around reliability and dependability in all conditions – not just intangible badge quality.

For the first time in 15 years, there is this all-new Nissan Patrol, and don’t expect the status quo to change. It’s even bigger – some 90mm longer, 55mm taller and 85mm wider than the last one – and boasts electronic off-road management systems that signify it as a 21st century model.

The sixth-generation Nissan Patrol is, however, also a bit different to the previous models. In the decade-and-a-half since the last version was released, the priorities for Nissan have changed, and the growing popularity of the Patrol in the United Arab Emirates – indeed now its biggest market – means the Patrol was designed in left-hand-drive only and with only a petrol engine – not the diesel long favoured by most Australian buyers.

Now, one of those things has changed. For Australia, New Zealand and South Africa only, Nissan developed a right-hand-drive model, which is why we’re two years late seeing this new Patrol in this market (it has been available in the UAE since 2011).

The three-tier range runs $82,200 ST-L, $92,850 Ti and $113,900 Ti-L, with the single engine choice a 5.6-litre V8 petrol that makes 298kW of power and 560Nm of torque.

Nissan Patrol Review
Nissan Patrol Review
Nissan Patrol Review
Nissan Patrol Review

That makes this sixth-ever Patrol the most expensive and most powerful in its history. That should put a smile of the face of luxury-SUV buyers – the sort that purchase a LandCruiser (it starts at $77,490) instead of a Prado, or a Land Rover Discovery 4 (opening at $68,900).

Nissan’s move to pushing the Patrol upmarket may, however, alienate traditional buyers used to getting an off-road ‘workhorse’ for somewhere in the region of $50,000, which is why Nissan will still keep the old Patrol working in that price range, in diesel only.

The new Nissan Patrol quickly drags the nameplate into modernity. Nissan had an old Patrol as a support car on its Australian media launch in South Australia, and alongside the new one it looked and felt incredibly old, and its packaging was poor, despite the size.

Bigger dimensions make the new Nissan Patrol a very roomy package for families looking to travel whichever way on this 4000km-wide, 3000km-tall continent.

To the driving position of a 5ft 8in person, rear passengers get 35cm of legroom. With the seat right back that’s reduced to 28cm, and with seat forward, a fuller 51cm. Seat comfort is fine whether on the velour-trimmed ST-L or top-spec leather-covered variants, and there are roof vents with rear climate control air conditioning for separate temperature and fan speed standard on all models.

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One row behind there are another three seats available in the ST-L and Ti, but the Ti-L only gets a two-seat bench in the third row. Rear legroom, though, is compromised by the middle row’s fold-and-tumble function, which lacks a sliding mechanism to perhaps take a little legroom away from the centre row passengers and give some back to the far rear passengers.

Consequently, third-row accommodation is cramped, particularly considering the Patrol’s huge external dimensions. A Land Rover Discovery 4, with its third row positioned slightly higher than the middle row – called ‘theatre seating’ – is a far more comfortable place to sit if carrying more than five people is a priority.

The third row seats do fold flat, almost doubling the length of the cargo area from 49cm to 122cm when the Nissan Patrol is being used as a five seater. Rearmost seats up or down, the Patrol provides 127cm boot width.

Panel fit and the quality of plastics used in the cabin is sound, but nothing particularly special for the price. If the devil is in the detail, then the Nissan Patrol gets a pitchfork stabbed through some its controls and dashboard finishes that could look more upmarket.

The woodgrain panelling on the console, and the ‘clacky’ rotation of controls, particularly, are in stark contrast to the lush finish of its Land Rover rival.

There is also some crucial equipment missing in this most expensive Patrol ever. Satellite navigation only features in the top model, for example, and the base grade lacks passenger seat power adjustment and an auto tailgate – there’s no tailgate strap, either, so shorter people will find it hard to close the tailgate. If you are willing to wait to get your new Patrol, Nissan says to expect sat-nav to eventually be added across the range, but that’s little help for buyers already waiting for the new Patrol…

For the first time, the Patrol gets independent suspension all round, meaning each wheel acts as its own ‘leg’ instead of using a single beam to connect the front two or rear two wheels. Using a beam means one side of the car is affected by the bumps and thumps that may occur to the opposing wheel.

The top two grades of Nissan Patrol also get Hydraulic Motion Control (HMC), which is jargon for an air compressor suspending each wheel. Our drive of the base ST-L, which gets springs not the compressor, highlighted the little benefit of going for the HMC on the top-tier models.

On all models, the way the Patrol rides over seemingly smooth surfaces is average – it jiggles occupants more than in its rivals. Really big bumps shudder though the cabin, but general quietness at cruising speeds is excellent and moderately sized bumps seem to be a sweet spot for either suspension set-up. Despite the advanced suspension in the flagship models, there is little difference between them and the base ST-L.

The beauty with a car like the Land Rover Discovery is its ability to feel expensive, while also feeling smaller than it really is. That’s primarily because the steering wheel turns from one side to the other faster than the Nissan – the Patrol takes 3.5 turns of the wheel to get from left lock to right lock. The steering also has an empty middle patch, so drivers can move the steering a few degrees either side of centre without actually turning the car.

The few corners we encountered on the launch revealed the Nissan Patrol to be a soft handling car, pushing at the front end and squealing its tyres.

The priority with this car is off-road capability, and the Patrol continues to get all the buzz words such as a limited-slip differential, hill descent control, and rear differential lock. All that mechanical stuff is now harnessed by a rotary dial on the centre console, with settings labelled ‘on road’, ‘sand’, ‘snow’ and ‘rock’.

All the driver has to do is dial in the surface they’re driving on.

The 5.6-litre V8 drinks petrol at a staggering rate – the trip computer was showing upwards of 15.0L/100km on our predominantly 110km/h cruise. The combined fuel consumption average is 14.5L/100km, so officially the Patrol V8 drinks 0.9 litres of unleaded more than a LandCruiser V8, and 0.5 litres more than a Discovery V8.

Not coincidentally, the Patrol weighs more than its rivals, 2645-2735kg depending on the model versus 2486-2583kg for the Land Rover and 2640-2675kg for the Toyota.

But those rivals also have less power. The Patrol’s 298kW and 560Nm shifts the large wagon with ease, and with the engine derived from the Nissan V8 supercar engine, it sounds nicely growly as well as it revs to 6500rpm. The seven-speed automatic ensures near-silent cruising, with the tachometer showing 1850rpm in top gear at 110km/h. It is also responsive to dropping gears when given a King Gee workboot’s full of throttle.

Even Nissan admits that Australian buyers want a turbo-diesel engine, but they can’t confirm if or when one will arrive in the new model. Diesels offer more pulling power and are generally more economical, allowing long-distance touring between refills. Both the LandCruiser and Discovery are available with (excellent) diesel engines.

Regardless of its abilities, however, the new Nissan Patrol will continue to be the only choice for many four-wheel-drive diehards. It’s a fair reflection of its long reputation as a reliable and durable off roader. But being the first all new Patrol in 15 years a diesel should be expected, while the interior quality and road comfort levels can’t match the Land Rover that’s been around since 2010.

And the Nissan Patrol continues to get the basics right – it’s big, roomy, goes off road, and will almost certainly be flawlessly reliable.


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  • Save It For The Track

    decent summary of the new behemoth. This line might need adjustment though…”almost doubling the length of the cargo area from 49cm to 122cm…” 122 seems a bit more than double than 49 does it not? I wonder who will buy these in Aus. I saw one at a Nissan dealer recently, and they said that no bullbar or Nissan tow package is yet available. A large 4wd comparo is in order for this segment.

    • Doctor

      The Nissan Patrol Y62 brochure (published late last year) lists a towbar package.
      No bullbar though.

    • Dave

      The rear makes it looks like a big brother to the Nissan Soul… 

      The long fabled R Soul perhaps…. 

  • The Real Wile E

    Turn around Nissan you are going in the wrong direction.
    The right direction was the way you were going with a basic and strong 4WD albeit lacking in a really good turbo diesel for a fair price.
    The market is going to punish you with this one.
    It’s too late to take on Landcruiser.
    I mean stand back and take a hard look and check those prices.
    Damn shame you have done this to so many loyal Patrol buyers.
    Once they go shopping elsewhere they will be hard to win back.

    • Zaccy16

      i agree, this is a nothing nissan missing the mark, huge but less practical then a discovery, boat handling, no sat nav for $82,000, no where near land rover discovery grade interior quality, powerful but pointless petrol engine when the discovery has a fantastic twin turbo diesel that has more torque but uses half the fuel etc etc… the discovery is a better car in every way and is cheaper for a much more premium product!

      • Karl Sass

        I agree with all those points Zac, but, as always, you didn’t take into account reliability. 

      • Hung Low

        You call this a nothing Nissan without seeing it let alone driving it and as fantastic as the Discoverys are, the have a long and expensive option list and reliability is a bit hit and miss. This Patrol certainly will not target or appeal to the mass market 4wd buyers it is politically incorrect, brutish and will have a different market demographic.

        • Tex

          I have friends that have worked for RR and LR dealerships – you should see the flatbeds that arrive in the morning to drop off cars…

    • Blair Waldorf

       I’ve read that Nissan pretty much doesnt care about what the rest of the world thinks about its Patrol, as they built it almost totally with the Middle Eastern (saudi etc) market in mind, where diesels dont sell and are not worth offering. The Patrol dominates the Middle Eastern market and sells in huge numbers hence their half heartedness with offering decent value for Aus. The sales they’d loose in Aus are nothing in the whole scheme of Patrol sales world-wide.

      This is also seen in them not bothering to move the gear shifter to the right side of the centre console to suit a RHD car.

      • Hung Low

        And good on them for not caring or else we would all be driving around in little buzz boxes.

      • The Real Wile E

        What about also offering the cheap product instead imposing this monstrosity on us at the exclusion of all else … and I am sure we are not the only market that would prefer the cheap version.
        All or nothing marketing is dumb unless of course they were losing money on the  cheap version which I doubt.
        If you give up a profitable market in the guise of the global approach is, no matter how small the market , just plain dumb.
        No company is too big to throw away a profit that has taken years to develop.

  • Save It For The Track

    Exactly. a poor misreading of their own market, i think.

    • GaryD

      Nissan is obviously focusing on the US and Middle East markets with this new model and is aiming to win more buyers over there. A few hundred sales less down under is immaterial. Let’s hope the Diesel engines comes in sooner than later when they get to it…

  • Dfgjh

    EHHHH? My eyes almost popped out when I saw the price!  $82-$113K?

    • Zaccy16

      yep when the premium and better thought out interior and fantastic diesel engined discovery is $68,000-$ 129,000!

    • James

      I guess that’s why Nissan is keeping on the Y61 Patrol and selling both side-by-side to satisfy most consumers’ needs. Smart move, Nissan.

    • AUSDAVIDZ

      Currently heavly factory supported, $65k driveaway, brand new

  • Sumpguard

    It’s not a good looking vehicle that’s for sure. For the most part Nissan have lost their way recently.

    • Crazy n00b

      Nissan under the guidance of Renault’s Mr Magic Ghosn.

  • Harvey

    I actually think the interior looks quite nice.

    • Homer

      Cream leather interior in a heavy duty off roader says it all doesn’t it. Most of these will never get mud on their tyres.

  • Al Tungupon

    You can never ask a petrol engine to do a diesel engine’s job. The 14.5l/100km figure is already discouraging, so the real world consumption would easily break the bank. Its dynamics will surely be nothing to write home about, so all the more does it make it pointless to fill it up with such fuel.

    • Tony Abbotts No 1 fan

      I think you haved missed the point of this car/thing. It was designed for its primary market being the UAE, who in general dont care how much fuel it uses & care even less that it doesnt have a diesel option.

      Even Nissan’s attitude to getting it made available here gives you an indicator they don’t much care about local perception either. People wil either buy or they wont & for my money the people who will buy it won’t care that it doesnt have bullbars, diesel engine etc.

      For if they were truly serious it would have a diesel option, which seems isn’t going to happen any time soon & possibly even height adjustable air suspension like the D4, which is cross linked. The Nissan suspension may use air, but it’s not height adjustable.

      Having said all that, im not really sure who this thing will actually appeal too, because for that money there are plenty of options available.    

    • George

      Al, you missed the point.  This car is made for touring (i.e. covering long distances – typically offroad).  No one is expecting great driving dynamics for this type of vehicle.  If they did, they’d buy a Range Rover and use it to cruise the city streets.  

  • BB

    Lucky its got a high tow rating to haul around the fuel tanker it will need…hahah

  • Bryan

    This thing should do wonders for 200 series sales!

  • a_df_009

    I drove one of these in the UAE, hugely impressive 4WD despite the looks and the engine has an awesome growl under throttle. In the UAE the Patrol is relatively cheap to buy, fuel costs next to nothing, the roads are smooth and high speed and 4W driving is mostly on sand dunes. Sadly every negative the author lists above just demonstrates the fact that it was designed for the UAE. In Australia it is over priced, pitched at the wrong market segment, our fuel is expensive, our roads are crap and 4W driving is more frequently on dirt and rock trails. Sorry Nissan but an epic fail in my books for the Australian market. 

  • AB

    I own a GU 4.5 ST Patrol auto and here’s some figures to consider….

    Day to Day driving in city/suburbs returns 22L/100km!!!
    Freeway driving returns 18.5L/100km
    Driving on sand returns well over 30L/100km

    And these are the absolute best scenarios…. If it wasnt on LPG I would be broke!
    I will only ever own diesel 4WD’s from now on.

    If you think this new Patrol will do better than that on fuel you are crazy…
    I predict the new Patrol will have ZERO second hand value

    • Tony Abbotts No 1 fan

      AB..they are terrible figures, but then petrol Patrols have never been considered being anywhere close to good on fuel & your point about the new unit is valid.

      I have a 02 4.7L V8 Grand Cherokee, around town it sits at 17.5l/100, on the freeway it will drop to 11.5 -12L/100, sand is not good goes up around 22-23L/100, but overall considering it has been lifted 2.5 inches & larger tyres, I’m pretty happy with the result, plus I never tire of hearing that V8 when you give it some wellie.  

    • Karl Sass

      You really should have mentioned those figures were on lpg at the start of your comment lol.

      • AB

        Karl Sass,

        If you want the figures on LPG:
        Day to Day driving in city/suburbs returns 23+L/100km!!!Freeway driving returns 19-20L/100kmDriving on sand returns….. I have emptied a 90 litre Gas tank in 200km!!!!!

        Typically I have found running on LPG (in a Patrol) only increases consumption by a litre or two… except when off road which just destroys the LPG economy.

        All that said however, I have compared friends fuel economy in ST 3.0TD Patrols who get in the mid teens and sometimes higher for day to day driving. Therefore it still works out cheaper running LPG than it does with diesel!

  • MisterZed

    Actually the new Patrol isn’t 2 years late, it’s 4 years late. The first official photos of this new Patrol appeared on the internet in late 2008, and it went on sale overseas in 2010.

  • Bzxx

    those figures are not bad at all

    My companies i45 averages 13-15L per 100km

    And it is a dog to drive

    • Darryl

      Is that on sand?

    • pixxxels

      You must absolutely flog it.

  • Bumble

    Australia is actually one of the larger markets for the Patrol, which makes the lack of diesel even more puzzling.

    • matt

      how? 1500 of these a month in the UAE, do you see that happening here?

  • Sam

     It looks like they seel heaps of these in the middle east to wealthy Arabs.  Luxury is high on their priorities.  IF they dont sell many here, I dont imagine they will be too miffed.  It is a massive step up in price thats for sure, but its also bigger and has a bigger engine.  I was thinking though, if you compare it to other Nissans in the stable, it doesn’t seem that expensive.  A 370Z is a lot less car but its almost as expensive. Yes, I know, apples and oranges, but just sayin…if you have recently parted with 75k for a 370Z, 85K for this might not seem like so much… 

  • davie

    Does the old model still use the 3ltr 4 Cylinder engine?

    I can understand Nissan’s reluctance to spend further money on it but surely the 6cyl diesel from the navara would be a better fit.

  • MM

    They should have introduced the Infinit instead (QX) – and only considered this Patrol if it had a t/diesel engine. The QX at least would service the luxury market which (very rarely) would not worry about fuel efficiency (Lexus LX style) or Vogue Scharged style.

  • MisterZed

    I just came back from the US. In my few weeks there, I must have seen thousands of vehicles. Out of those, maybe 1 or 2 were diesel (not counting trucks or buses).

    • F1orce

      Yeah I recently just got back from there..

      The amount of Prius’s I had seen there was unbelievable.

      In California the Prius is everywhere you go, every road, highway, boulevard, house and i even had to rent one LMAO

      Just Prius, Prius, Prius everywhere.

      But having said that, driving in California is much more comfortable than driving in Sydney.

      Sydney’s roads are much busier, much much smaller, the infrastructure and design of the road systems in sydney is silly and the drivers in Sydney are terrible.

      In Cali on the freeways everyone does over the speed limit, and the thing is everyone is flowing at the same speed. So everything flows smoothly.

      In Sydney on the M4 its inconsistency, you see people doing 50 below the limit, you see all these these drivers drifting from lane to lane, the lanes are small and very busy.

      Sydney feels like your driving in Bangkok

  • Grr

    interesting to see if they ‘mine spec’ this model????

  • Robbo of the roads

    I am a one eyed Patrolman ,but I don’t like this thing at all.I don’t particularly like the look of it,I certainly don’t like the fact that the rear barn doors are gone and I don’t like the fact a manual gear box is not available Throw in the 80 grand price tag and that puts the icing on the cake for me.I’ll stick with my trusty GQ,it has never let me down.

  • Gerry Gee

    Quite possibly the ugliest new car in Australia today! I saw one recently on the roads…and it looked like a boat cruising around the bends. Nissan have totally lost the plot on this model. And the pricing put’s it into  “crazy” territory. 

    • AUSDAVIDZ

      $30k price drop, going to be a $50k tear up for a early any buyers…

  • Robbo from the bush

    I bought a new Y62 Patrol recently. I own a 1979 G60 and a 1999 4.5 duel fuel GU. While I am dissapointed with the fact that I just received an email saying a towbar will not be available till mid June, that is about the only thing I have to complain about with the new car. Sure, the ride is soft, but I did not buy it  to go crazy bush bashing in (thats the G60 & GU’s job). I bought it to set up for touring with 4WD trips to outlying places when I retire in a few years. 
    I live in southern NSW with access to the southern highlands and snowys where bush pinstriping is a way of life but I have found that when I travel outside the Great Dividing Range it becomes less of a problem. With this in mind I purchased the Y62.
    I have done two laps around Australia so far and have found a good portion of people in the same position as me don’t particuarlly worry about fuel consumption as long as the tow vehicle has power and reliability. They travel for a day then park for a week-month or more and move on. In this time frame fuel consumption loses importance.The new Y62 averages, so far, about 20% better fuel consumption than the GU 4.5 and when a gas package becomes available it will slot straight into the spare wheel space under the rear of the car.So far I am averaging 14ltr/100km in mixed driving and I tell you, putting the right foot down is awesome in this machine!The starting price of $82000.00 is high but the dealer I went to had not sold one Y62 in the two months since their introduction so the base price instantly went down to $68800.00 with all sorts of extras thrown in. So far I have nothing but praise for the new car. It may not suit the rabid 4WDer but it suits me. 

  • AUSDAVIDZ

    These are now $65k BRAND NEW, driveaway, works out to a discount of $30,000+
    20l/100km city cycle on PULP no less makes it a issue

  • Doug Croker

    Nissan like Holden, Ford, Toyota have no loyalty to the Australian market and will go where the largest profits are to be made. Nissan drained the life out of Patrol by not updating the Patrol in 15 years and then drops the new model on us without a diesel. Vote with your feet and go where the value is to be found.

Nissan Patrol Specs

ST-L : 5.6L MULTI POINT F/INJ - 7 SP AUTOMATIC - PREMIUM UNLEADED PETROL - 4D WAGON
Car Details
Make
NISSAN
Model
PATROL
Variant
ST-L
Series
Y62
Year
2013
Body Type
4D WAGON
Seats
8
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
MULTI POINT F/INJ
Engine Size
5.6L
Cylinders
V8
Max. Torque
560Nm @  4000rpm
Max. Power
298kW @  5800rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
108.8W/kg
Bore & Stroke
98x92mm
Compression Ratio
10.8
Valve Gear
DUAL OVERHEAD CAM
Drivetrain Specifications
Transmission
7 SP AUTOMATIC
Drive Type
4x4
Final Drive Ratio
3.357
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
PREMIUM UNLEADED PETROL
Fuel Tank Capacity
140
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
14.5L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
2739
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Height
1940mm
Length
5140mm
Width
1995mm
Ground Clearance
283mm
Towing Capacity
Brake:3500  Unbrake:750
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
RACK & PINION - POWER ASSISTED
Turning Circle
12.5
Front Rim Size
8x18
Rear Rim Size
8x18
Front Tyres
265/70 R18
Rear Tyres
265/70 R18
Wheel Base
3075
Front Track
1699
Rear Track
1699
Front Brakes
DISC - VENTILATED
Rear Brakes
DISC - VENTILATED
Standard Features
Comfort
Auto Climate Control with Dual Temp Zones, Power front seat Driver
Control & Handling
18 Inch Alloy Wheels, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Hill Holder
Driver
Adjustable Steering Wheel - Tilt & Telescopic, Cruise Control, Leather Steering Wheel, Multi Function Steering Wheel, Mobile Phone Connectivity, Parking Distance Control, Power Steering
Engine & Transmission
Diff Locks, Limited Slip Differential
Interior
Cloth Trim, Power Windows
Safety
Dual Airbag Package, Anti-lock Braking, Head Airbags
Security
Central Locking Remote Control, Engine Immobiliser
Other
Service Interval
6 months /  10,000 kms
Warranty
36 months /  100,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
12-N-18
Country of Origin
JAPAN