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Murano is Nissan's Discovery - Car Review

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Added: 07 Dec 2010
Last update: 07 Dec 2010

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THE Nissan Murano diesel is pricey for what it offers in the way of performance, but it certainly comes with all the bells and whistles and costs no more than its petrol stablemate.

It is very refined and great to look at, standing out from the crowd because it is much rarer than the X5s and Discoverys that litter the car parks.

It could be more expensive to run than rivals but only time will tell about that.

The 2.5 diesel engine is a good one and gives decent economy, but performance is best described as reasonable.

The handling and performance don't live up to the sharp styling. There’s a lot of body roll but it does grip well nonetheless.

Soft suspension is not as forgiving as you might expect over bumps either and the numb steering gives very little feedback.

It uses the four-wheel-drive system from the latest X-Trail, but it's not designed for serious off-roading - more for an occasional grass field with most of its time spent on the tarmac.

Interior

The steering adjusts all ways and the electric front seats mean it’s easy to find the perfect driving position.

The controls is hard to fault but the wide rear pillars do interfere with vision. That said, there are two parking cameras to make up for it.

Space is plenty big enough for five and there is also a decent boot and good storage around the cabin.

FAST FACTS

Nissan Murano                                 

Price: £37,795

Mechanical: 187bhp, 2,488cc, 4cyl diesel engine driving four wheels via 6-speed automatic gearbox

Max speed: 122mph

0-62mph: 10.2 seconds

Combined mpg: 35

Insurance group: 16

CO2 emissions: 210g/km

BIK rating: 34%

Warranty: 3yrs/ 60,000 miles

Marks: 9/10

Main rival: Land Rover Discovery

Words: Peter Hayward

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