The Patrol Y62, to give it its full in-house code name, is very different from every Nissan Patrol that preceded it. This Patrol has a big V8 engine that gives it exceptional performance. As well, its unusual and technically advanced suspension combines on-road handling impressively with off road ability. The Patrol has a luxurious and very roomy cabin with at least seven seats, and a sophisticated dual-range four-wheel drive system. Nissan Patrol is a five-door SUV-style wagon, with seating for up to eight in three rows. (The more expensive of the two Patrol variants, the TI-L, seats only seven.)
The Patrol has an automatic 4WD system that engages drive to all four wheels if and when the road becomes slippery. If 4WD is not needed, the Patrol drives just the rear wheels. As an alternative for off-road use, you can engage 4WD permanently by turning a dial. To select low-range gearing, which makes it easier to drive very slowly off road, you stop and then turn the dial a second time. The Patrol is classified is an upper large SUV, lower priced.
|Ground clearance unladen||272mm|
|Tyre size||265/70 R18|
Performance and Economy
There is only one engine option available in a Patrol Y62, a very powerful and technically advanced petrol V8. It comes from a family of Nissan V8s that has been enormously successful in motorsport, particularly in events such as the Le Mans 24-Hour endurance race – where you need exceptional durability as well as large amounts of power.
The 5.6-litre petrol V8 is a powerhouse and generates 298kW at 5800rpm and 560Nm at 4000rpm, and is mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. What the V8 does do is get a big hefty SUV up and moving with pretty sharp focus. The gearbox plays its part, too, with well-spaced ratios and smooth shifting capability.
The Patrol gets off the mark quicker than you expect, and the whole drive experience is a lot more rapid than you might be expecting, too. It rolls up to freeway speed with almost comical ease, such is the creamy nature of the way the V8 generates power. It’s quiet and refined – you know there is a V8 under the massive bonnet, but it doesn’t make the usual rumble that you might be accustomed to. Find one on the net with an exhaust on it, and you might be considering fitting exactly the same thing to your Patrol. It sounds tough as nails.
On-road, everything about the Patrol is effortless. The ride is magic-carpet-like, the engine and transmission beautifully paired, and the steering well weighted. In fact, you quickly forget how big the Patrol is physically, such is the ease with which it cruises around in luxury.
There’s almost nothing in the way of wind or tyre noise entering the cabin, and while the suspension is supple enough to be luxurious, it doesn’t wallow and roll the way big 4WDs can tend to do – it’s actually quite well balanced. All in all then, it makes for a practical daily driver, even if it does use more fuel than a diesel V8 would, and even if it is bigger than other ‘large’ SUVs.
|Engine Displacement||5.6-litre, V8, Gasoline Direct Inj|
|Max Power||298kW @ 5800rpm|
|Peak Torque||560Nm @ 4000rpm|
|Transmission||7 SP Automatic|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||140 Litres|
|Fuel Consumption (Combined)||14.4L / 100km|
|Suspension||Independent double wishbone, Coil Spring|
Unfortunately the Patrol is a very big and heavy vehicle, and so despite the sophistication of its engine a lot of fuel is used to get it moving and keep it moving. It has an enormous 140L fuel tank. In the official government test it uses 14.4 litres/100km (city and country cycles combined), but in the real world the average consumption is more like 17 or 18 litres/100km. In stop-start city traffic, or in demanding 4WD conditions, it can drink more than 20 litres/100km. A seven-speed automatic is the only gearbox option available.
Proximity key entry and start, which means you can unlock the car and drive away without handling the key (provided you have it nearby in a pocket or bag). To start the engine, you push a button.
Sidesteps, to help you get in and out of the car.
A reversing camera, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, and powered door mirrors that automatically fold when you lock your Patrol.
A suite of active safety features comprising Autonomous emergency braking, Active cruise control, Forward collision warning, Lane departure warning, Blind spot warning, and Rear-cross traffic alert. (For more on these systems, please consult the Safety section below.)
Tilt and reach steering wheel adjustment. Bluetooth phone connectivity, and controls on the steering wheel for your phone and the sound system.
An 8.0-inch touchscreen display, with satellite navigation. An audio system with an AM/FM radio, a CD and DVD player, Bluetooth audio streaming, a hard drive (for music storage), and USB and iPod ports.
Three-zone climate control, so that the driver, front-seat passenger and rear passengers can individually set their desired cabin temperatures. A sunroof.
Three rows of seats, all trimmed partly in leather. Eight-way powered adjustment for the front seats.
LED headlights that switch on automatically when it gets dark, LED tail-lights, LED fog-lamps, and windscreen wipers that operate automatically when it rains.
Shiny 18-inch alloy wheels, a full-size spare, and tyres with notably high sidewalls (tall sidewalls are less fashionable and sporty looking, but they are more suitable for off-road driving than the low-profile tyres commonly fitted to expensive 4WD vehicles). There is also a system that warns you if one or more of the tyres is losing air pressure.
Front and rear parking sensors, to warn you of obstacles close to the car. An array of external cameras that provide different views, including a bird’s-eye view, around the car. You can scroll through which of these displays on the screen.
A rear differential lock, which you can switch on from the driver’s seat to help the car go further off road. You can also optimise the 4WD system for Rock, Sand or Snow.
The Patrol has six airbags: front airbags for the driver and front passenger; side airbags to protect the upper body of the driver and front passenger; and curtain airbags to protect the heads of outer passengers in all three rows of seats.
The Patrol also has electronic stability control, which can help you bring a skidding car back under control. This is mandatory on all new cars. The standard tyre-pressure monitor is a very useful safety aid that can help prevent a leaking tyre from leading to a loss of vehicle control. Auto-on headlights improve visibility, and the Patrol’s automatic windscreen wipers help reduce fatigue. Both versions are equipped with the same active safety suite, comprising active cruise control, a forward-crash warning, and blind-spot, reversing, and lane-departure crash avoidance systems.
Engage the radar-based active cruise control and the Patrol will maintain your set speed on the highway unless it encounters a slower vehicle, when it will follow at a pre-set distance – even braking automatically if necessary. When the road ahead clears, the Patrol will return to the speed you set. (In effect, when you engage the active cruise control you also engage highway speed autonomous braking.) Forward collision warning alerts you if there’s a risk of your crashing into a slower vehicle or other obstacle in front, by sounding an alarm and flashing a light on the dashboard. It operates above 15km/h, but will not automatically intervene by applying the brakes. The lane departure warning system alerts you if you have distractedly allowed the Patrol to wander or veer out of its lane. If you do not react to the warning, it will apply brakes automatically on one side in a way that helps steer the car back into line. This operates above 70km/h.
The blind-spot system warns of other vehicles in your blind spots alongside to the rear, and it too can selectively apply the brakes to help avoid a collision, steering you away from the other car. Rear-cross traffic alert detects when a vehicle is approaching from either side as you reverse and warns you to prevent a collision with them.
Rear vision and awareness is also enhanced in the Ti-L by Intelligent Rear View Mirror (I-RVM), which can switch from a normal mirror to LED video display to provide an unobstructed view of the road behind while driving, should the mirror be obstructed by rear passengers or cargo. The image comes via a camera mounted at the rear of the vehicle which also filters sun and headlight glare.
It may be a long way up into the Patrol’s cabin but the sidesteps make entry easy even for short people or those not very agile. Once on board you’ll find a big cabin that is luxuriously appointed even in the less expensive Patrol Ti.
From the driver’s seat the Patrol feels big, but the relatively high seating position and low window lines mean that vision out front and off to the sides is good. That helps when parking, often a challenge given the sheer size of the car. Once underway, the Patrol continues the luxury theme by making quiet, smooth and effortless progress with the lightest touch of the accelerator pedal. The seven-speed automatic changes gear smoothly, too.
There’s very little road noise, and the ride is compliant and comfortable. On smooth roads the Patrol rides like a luxury limousine, and even on bumpy gravel and dirt roads it remains soothing inside and quiet. Such comfort from such a big and heavy vehicle typically goes with soft suspension that allows the body to lurch (or roll) outward as you enter a corner. The Patrol does very little of this, which makes it both pleasant and easy to drive.
The Patrol’s second-row seat is wide enough to accommodate three adults in comfort, and there’s lots of leg and headroom for tall people. Second-row passengers also get a set of air-conditioning and heating controls. The third-row seats are unusually roomy as well, and can comfortably take big kids or small adults. The third row seats three people in a Ti, and two in a TI-L. The Patrol has two child-seat anchor points in the second row (both Isofix and top-tether) and one in the third row. Getting small children in and out of second-row seats is easy given the spacious cabin, but a little more difficult for the third row.
The Patrol is excellent for carrying stuff, thanks to its wide and tall body. Even with the three rows of seats deployed there’s room for several medium-sized bags behind the third row. With the third row folded flat, the luggage space is bigger and more useful than that of similar vehicles. With both second and third-row seats folded down the luggage space is huge, although spoiled somewhat as the second-row seats don’t fold entirely flat.
The single tailgate opens vertically to give good access to the luggage space – you don’t have to lean over the lower part of a horizontally split tailgate. On the more expensive Patrol Ti-L, you can open and close the tailgate by pressing buttons located on the key-fob and in handy spots on the car.
The Patrol is rated to tow 3500kg, which matches similar big 4WD wagons and the best of the 4WD dual-cab utes. It has plenty of power for towing very heavy loads.
Ti VS Ti-L
Step past the less costly Patrol, the Ti, and spend more for a Patrol Ti-L and you get a more premium looking front-end design.
The steering wheel has powered rather than manual adjustment, and there are memory settings to store two people’s adjustments for the driver’s seat, steering wheel and exterior mirrors. The Ti-L also has a better sounding, Bose-branded, audio system with 13 rather than six speakers, and two 8-inch DVD screens in the rear of the cabin for watching movies or playing games. Storage in its centre console is chilled, for keeping drinks or food cool. The tailgate is power-operated, and there are lights that illuminate the ground under the doors to help you avoid stepping into a puddle or mud.
The Nissan Patrol Ti-L also features Nissan’s Intelligent Rear View Mirror (I-RVM). This looks like a normal mirror, but, if the view through the rear window is obscured by passengers or cargo, you can flick a switch so it shows an LED video display providing an unobstructed view of the road behind while driving. The image comes via a high-definition camera mounted at the rear of the vehicle, which also filters out sun and headlight glare.
How much money you spend on petrol for your Patrol. That big V8 chews fuel at what can be an alarming rate. And Nissan recommends you run it on premium petrol, which costs more than regular. The extremely large fuel tank (140L) means you don’t have to refuel very often, but when you do fill it from near empty it’s a big hit: roughly LKR 22,000 for premium petrol at LKR 161 per litre. (While the engine gives its best on premium, it will run satisfactorily on regular petrol.)
And also, you have to work hard to park the Patrol in car-parking stations or on narrow streets. The Patrol is big even by large 4WD standards.
If you like driving, you’ll love the Patrol. The engine sounds like a V8 race car engine (think V8 Supercars), and brings performance that goes along with the sound. Among similar large 4WDs, the Patrol is comfortably the strongest performer. Overtaking is easy.
The ample propulsion is enhanced by on-road handling that has no right to be as good as it, is given the Patrol’s weight and high-riding stance. Drive the Patrol as hard as you like into and through a corner and it hardy leans over at all. What holds it steady is its unusual hydraulic suspension system, which adds pressure almost instantly to whichever corners of the car need more support, and subtracts it from those that need less.
The Patrol’s light steering also offers good feel, perhaps because the vehicle maintains such a flat stance when cornering. The big wagon steers steadily even on bumpy roads, its independent suspension giving you more stability than the solid-axle designs used on some similar vehicles, which in some conditions demand that you correct the car frequently.
And there’s more good news. That same suspension system can do the same tricks when off-road, allowing each wheel to lift high over a bump or drop right down when there’s a deep hole. The tyres therefore follow the ground accurately, which helps the Patrol provide off-road ability comparable with that of other heavy-duty 4WDs.
The Review of Nissan Patrol by ElaKiri YouTube Channel