Drive – Nissan Pathfinder Ti 550 Review

11 Nov 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on Drive – Nissan Pathfinder Ti 550 Review
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A to drive around town

seating compromises required

The Pathfinder has not been the success had hoped for. Launched in its uncultured behaviour and presentation has met strong criticism. However, in life, a new, more powerful, luxurious – and – version of the mid-size wagon has arrived in Nissan


Price and equipment

from $75,990 (plus and dealer costs), the Barcelona-built Ti 550 is $10,000 more than the Ti.


Its star attraction is a new V6 turbo diesel engine and automatic transmission. All other come with a 2.5-litre diesel and a five-speed auto (or manual in lower grades).


Developed with business partner, Renault, the produces 170kW and 550Nm, the ”550” in the name. By comparison, the Toyota Prado makes and 410Nm from its 3.0-litre engine. The Mitsubishi Pajero’s are 147kW/441Nm.

The 2.5-litre Pathfinder 140kW and 450Nm.


The 550 up standard equipment, too. A an upgraded DVD player and nine-speaker audio are the big-ticket items. capacity also adds 500 to a hefty 3500 kilograms.

Equipment it shares with the 2.5 Ti three rows of seating, trim, powered and heated seats with driver’s memory, sat-nav, Bluetooth, and USB connectivity, keyless entry, climate control and xenon Safety equipment includes airbags that extend all the way to the row, as well as front and airbags and stability control. A Pathfinder scored four in a European crash test, of marginal leg protection for the driver and passenger.

Under the bonnet

The new engine has a 65-degree vee angle, a stiff graphite iron block, 1800-bar Bosch common-rail fuel injection with injectors, a single large and an intercooler.


It’s a engine. There is little of the clatter or lag that is a problem for diesels.


It never feels of urge but the 2200-kilogram-plus weight it never feels outstandingly either. It combines well its seven-speed auto, which displays any ill temperament.


claims average fuel use of 9.3 per 100 kilometres for the Ti 550 – higher for either the Prado or Pajero. We 9.5L/100km, although many were completed on freeways or rather than in town. The Ti 550 the Euro 5 emissions standard and has a filter.

How it drives

While the long-travel suspension and big wheels with individual holes and quite well, small and stutters can upset it, even the rear end around on rough But it does handle better the average 4WD – not high unfortunately. The steering is quite albeit low-geared and feel-free.

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The Ti 550 dealt easily the gravel tracks we subjected it to. on and off-road, the dial-adjustable All-Mode system could be felt torque to the appropriate wheels. construction helps keep the quiet, certainly more than a Pajero.


town, the Pathfinder is a handful of its bulk and slow steering. Big over the driver’s shoulder sizeable blind spots.

and practicality

Interior space is a major asset. Split-fold the rear flat (both row two and three do and an … can stretch out and have a A mountain bike fits not at the same time) without the front wheel.


are deficiencies: the driver’s seat slide back far enough for with long legs, row two has a short seat base and a seating position because of the 4WD ladder-frame construction. Row three is children only. They have no problem entering or and have cupholders and storage.

the third row in place, there is space for a few shopping bags.


Row two includes airconditioning and vents in the roof, as well as storage options.


Up the Pathfinder Ti 550’s materials and presentation is a dramatic improvement the scratchy and cheap early of this generation. The steering does not adjust for reach but the big is comfy and has a commanding view. are orthodox and mostly sensible.

But it is a reach for the driver to the audio off


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