Safety, Value and Features
As the highly anticipated Nissan Patrol Warrior nears its big reveal, Evan Spence heads out for a beach cruise in the high-spec 2022 Nissan Patrol Ti-L.
How much is it, and what do you get?
This top-spec Ti-L model Nissan Patrol comes in at $103,202 drive-away, which is certainly a fair chunk of change, while the only other model available is the Ti which costs $13,600 less.
The extra money you spend on the Ti-L scores an intelligent rearview monitor, second-row seat entertainment screens and driver’s seat memory with two settings that also store your side mirror and steering column positions. she does.
Inside, the Ti-L also gets a 13-speaker premium Bose sound system, perfect for listening to your old CDs, as yes, the Ti-L still has a CD player. There are also heated and cooled front seats and a sunroof. Finally, the Ti-L has roof rails fitted where the main feature is missing from the Ti.
How do competitors compare on value?
If we compare the top-spec petrol to the base model GX LandCruiser 300 Series, the GX retails at $96,262 driveaway.
While it’s hard to call the GX a pov-pack model these days, it’s certainly not as good as the Ti-L and it’s not a seven-seater either.
The next step up the ladder for the Land Cruiser range is the GXL, which is more expensive than the top-of-the-line petrol at $108,652 drive-away. The top LC300, the Sahara ZX sells for $147,704 driveaway. When you take that into account, the Ti-L Patrol is a bit of a bargain on paper.
Another option in the seven-seat full-size four-wheel-drive wagon category is the new Jeep Grand Cherokee L. The Jeep offers a plusher interior and more advanced features than the petrol, so it might be worth a spin if you need to. Seats and off-road capability. In Knight Eagle trim, the Grand Cherokee L starts at $86,922 drive-away and goes up to $121,782 drive-away for the top-spec Summit Reserve.
Interior comfort, space and storage
While the Patrol’s interior is visually and technologically primitive, you have to give Nissan points for creating a comfortable environment.
Even after four hours behind the wheel, at no stage did I feel sore, tired or uncomfortable. Quite the opposite.
This thing is built for cruising, whether it’s on the highway or the beach. The leather seats are lounge-like, providing excellent comfort front or back, although I’m not a fan of the faux wood-grain trim, which, as I’ve said in the past, makes you feel like you’re playing roulette. Sitting on the machine. In a rural casino.
Make no mistake, this is a great vehicle, suitable for both families who need space as well as long-distance travelers who want to use their patrol with storage drawers, heavy fridges and camping gear. .
Technology-wise, the Ti-L Patrol is a bit of a letdown, with its frankly trashy infotainment selling point being the CD player. It’s not Apple CarPlay compatible and the navigation system looks dated.
One saving grace is the Bose audio system, which sounds good and works well for my road-wearing ears.
Up front are a pair of USB points as well as two 12-volt outlets, which will be used when charging your phone and opting to use the vehicle’s mapping rather than its navigation.
In the back seats, the Ti-L has two screens built into the headrests, which you can use to pop on your favorite DVD. See what I mean when I say this entry is dated?
With the third row of seats folded, the cargo area is huge, offering 1413 liters of space. With the third row in operation, you get 467 liters.
How is it to drive?
With a claimed 298kW of power and 560Nm powered by a 5.6L naturally aspirated V8 petrol motor, as you might expect the petrol has plenty of poke to move its hefty frame.
A listed 3500kg towing capacity suggests the petrol will be a popular choice for those with a trailer and that’s something I feel is the power, handling and braking found on test. Will handle well considering the capacity.
And let’s not forget the sound; It’s as sweet as a motor nut when you put your foot down.
One of the first things I test is braking feel and performance, and the petrol excels in that department, as does the engine and gearbox combo. When the going gets tough, it’s great to see the various selectable terrain modes and rear diff lock.
The foot-operated park brake is a bit awkward but once you get used to it, it’s not really a problem.
It’s a big wide car, and for example you see it pulling up a narrow Parramatta road. Once grinding away from the city and onto the sands of Stockton Beach, the patrol really felt in its element.
The power, wide track and decent styling, departure and ramp-over angles give the Patrol genuine off-road credentials.
Not only is this thing capable in the sand, it’s a ball to drive – although it’s not a buggy.
There is a reason why Nissan Petrol is so popular in the UAE. It is a fantastic vehicle to drive on sand.
On the downside, the front suspension sagged on a few occasions, so for me, some stiffer and longer springs would be beneficial for serious off-road work, to provide both a better ride and more ground clearance.
Oh, and from experience, you can fit about a 35-inch tire in this generation petrol on the stock suspension – neat!
So, for me, a little suspension lift with standard aftermarket gear, a set of 35-inch tires and some frontal protection, you’ll have a solid foundation for a practical, comfortable and capable family off-roader.
How about the fuel?
After a week of highway, off-road and around-town driving, 15L/100km seemed average. However, my official final recording of 16.1L/100km combined was higher.
When you consider that this includes urban commuting, highway and off-road driving, this figure, while certainly high, is not crazy high.
For reference, my own petrol-powered Toyota FJ Cruiser with its 4.0L V6 uses a best of 11L/100km, and while it has plenty of power – it’s not V8 power.
I would expect that if you were punting on the highway with only the posted speed limit of 110 km/h, that number would be considerably lower as driving through sand definitely puts more stress on the vehicle, This process consumes more fuel.
How safe is it?
Sadly, there is no ANCAP rating available for the Patrol. However, in terms of safety equipment inside the cabin you will find curtain airbags in all three rows of seats in addition to dual front and front side airbags.
Blind spot monitoring, front and rear parking sensors, autonomous emergency braking, rear cross-traffic alert and radar cruise control round out the safety suite for the 2022 Nissan Patrol Ti-L.
Warranty and running costs
The 2022 Nissan Patrol is covered by a five-year, unlimited kilometer warranty with service intervals listed every 12 months or 10,000 kilometers (whichever comes first).
Servicing prices are limited to the first six services:
|Nissan Petrol Ti-L Servicing Costs|
|12 months / 10,000 km||$393|
|24 months / 20,000 km||$502|
|36 months / 30,000 km||$483|
|48 months / 40,000 km||$791|
|60 months / 50,000 km||$425|
|72 months / 60,000 km||$622|
It might be getting a little long in the tooth, but the Nissan Patrol is a good deal if you’re in the market for a seven-seat wagon with real off-road capability that’s plenty of similar specs to the Toyota Land Cruiser 300 Series. It is affordable. .
You can’t call the Nissan Petrol a cheap car though, and the interior is begging for a modern update both in terms of technology and aesthetics.
On the beach, the petrol felt completely at home, with that grunty petrol V8 engine singing a sweet tune and offering plenty of quick acceleration for climbing dunes or working through soft sand.
It felt planted and rode well, although on occasion the front end would bottom out when hitting a washout at speed.
On the highway, the Patrol was easy to drive and I could see it as an excellent tow vehicle. However, if you own a large van and do big kilometers regularly, you will be quite thirsty for fuel.
If you can live with the dated interior, and don’t mind spending a little more on fuel (don’t forget that petrol is generally cheaper than diesel these days), the 2022 Nissan Petrol is a solid option for the four-wheel drive. Is. Wheel drivers who are looking for a large wagon as it was intended.
2022 Nissan Petrol Ti-L Specifications
|Maximum power||298kW at 5800rpm|
|Max torque||560Nm at 4000rpm|
|4×4 system||Permanent 4WD, Dual Range, Rear Diff Lock|
|Construction||5 door wagon on separate chassis|
|Front suspension.||Independent double wishbones and HBMC|
|Rear suspension.||Independent double wishbones and HBMC|
|Heavy obstacle||2861 kg|
|Tensile capacity||3500 kg|
|Fuel Consumption (ADR)||14.4L/100km|
|Fuel consumption (as tested)||16.2L/100km|
|Angle of departure||26.3⁰|
|Wading depth||700 mm|
|Ground clearance||273 mm|
Safety, Value and Features
Things we like.
- Plenty of power on tap
- Excellent braking feel and performance
- True off-road capability
Not so much
- The interior is dated rather than styled
- Fuel economy on song
- It’s a big car, especially in terms of width