Nissan Elgrand E52 – Edward Lees Japanese Cars and Imported Vehicles

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Nissan Elgrand

Nissan Elgrand

Car Review by Phil Lee from Edward Lee#8217;s

The mothership has landed!

This is the one I have been waiting for since I was wowed by the E51 when we imported the first one to Australia a few years ago #8211; Well I#8217;ve been waiting with baited breath for the New E52 current shape Elgrand to arrive for some time now#8230;. my secret thoughts were #8220;they#8217;ve made it worse, it#8217;s front wheel drive, it dosen#8217;t look as cool#8221; #8211;


Hallelulia #8211; I was wrong#8230;.!

The first Elgrand E52 test cars have arrived in Australia #8211; our sample cars were a 3.5 litre top spec and a 2.5 litre almost top spec edtition.

Here is my first impressions: I walk around the sexy black 3.5 litre and it does look beautiful #8211; it#8217;s gone from #8220;Pimp in a Box#8221; to #8220;Classy smooth lines#8221;. They have refined this car. The chrome highlights and beautiful finishes are as good as anything out of Europe #8211; in fact #8211; better.

Every button or lever you touch feels solid, well-made, expensive and easy to use. The materials are beautiful. It#8217;s not quite as big as the E51, but the clever rear seats mean there is still plenty of room in the rear seats (read:#8221;kills a Tarago or Estima or Odysey or Voyager for space#8221;)#8230;

The level of luxury and and equipment is second to no other offering I can think of in a people mover. My opinion #8211; it#8217;s the best people mover in the world today. Better I hear you ask than a Toyota Velfire or Alphard? #8211; In my opinion #8211; yes (with a a few conditions attached#8230;!) The Toyota Alphard and Velfire is a bit what the E51 was #8211; they are more Pimp / Sexy to look at #8211; styling wise #8211; but for me the distingishing factor that sets the E52 ELgrand ahead of the Toyota competition is the driving experience.

The E52 feels better to drive #8211; it feels more cosetting, more luxurious, more liek a magnificent expensive limousine that fits in the whole family plus a few extras and luggage! The Toyotas are excellent #8211; but as good as they are, as sexy as they are #8211; they still feel like a very good, very efficient, very well made Toyota, whereas the new E52 ELgrand feels special to drive. Beautiful to drive #8211; it feels like you are driving something quite special.

Check out my E52 Rider 3.5 video review here:

Contrary to my fears #8211; it doesn#8217;t feel like a front wheel drive car. There is no perceptible torque-steer when you push it hard (for the same agressive driving in the Toyota Alphard/Velfire #8211; you can feel the steering wheel want to move around under heavy acceleration) #8211; and it wants to really go hard. The 3.5 litre V6 is very responsive #8211; beautiful usable acceleration.

This is a great highway long-distance car with an abundance of power for overtaking at speed with a full load of passengers. The gearbox is special too. The new improved gearbox called an #8220;Xtronic CVT#8221; is absolutely seemless, with no perceptible gearchanges #8211; it#8217;s just pure smooth acceleration to the redline.

Nissan have been perfecting this gearbox since 2002 #8211; and with this generation of current cars they have perfected it. This also gives the Nissan #8220;the edge#8221; over the Toyota competition in this class. (By the way #8211; I am not biased here as we have also just started importing the Toyota Alphard and Velfire #8211; and they are magnificent cars too).

Nissan Elgrand

The other area where Nissan is the clear winner is the design of the last row of seats #8211; this absolutely rocks! #8211; the rear seats split-fold and fold away into the floor #8211; and there is a deep storage well in the back as well. The space created in the back with the seats folded away is massive and more than makes up for the slightly smaller dimensions of the new design. (And many potential buyers will also prefer the slightly slighter dimensions of the E52 #8211; I say this as I have heard many women with growing families look at the size of an E51 and take three steps backwards as they imagine manoevering it in small parking spaces.

The E52 is easier to park and also comes with the latest #8220;Skyview 360 degree park Assist Camera#8221;: and parking sonar as well. Ladies and Gents with size concerns #8211; this is your car. It#8217;s lower roof line as well makes garages a breeze.

Also check out the new treatment of the rear windows (in this area Nissan has finally caught up with Toyota) #8211; gone is the feeling of claustrophobia at not being able to wind down the back widows #8211; these are back to the future and do waht car windows are meant to do#8230;.!

Here is my video review of the 2.5 Litre V6 Highway Star

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