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September 24 2013

Nissan Terrano - Pros and Cons


Pros of the Terrano


  • Drive: Terrano gets one of the most sorted suspension setups for the Indian roads within the Rs.15-20 lakhs range. Once the speed builds up, the Terrano simply glides over anything it encounters on the roads. At lower speeds though, the setup seems a bit rigid, but as it crosses 40kmph mark, the suspensions irons out anything that comes its way. The 16 inch-ers further add to an accomplished drive.

  • Looks: Anyone who felt that the Duster wasn’t a looker, has an option to consider now. Yes, the Terrano gets the same stance and structure of the Duster but looks more upmarket than the same. Especially from the front that gets a chrome grill typical of Nissan’s family of SUVs. Terrano’s rear gets a different hatch that bisects the tail-lamps and looks sharper than the Duster’s.

  • Safety: The Terrano gets a standard driver side airbag and ABS and EBD in the second (XL) variant. Noteworthy is the fact that the Duster gets the same features in the RxL (O) variant.

  • View from the driver’s seat: True SUVs are those that allow you to sit right on top of the dashboard, the way Terrano does. The fact that the upper part of the bonnet is visible from inside the cabin and the dashboard isn’t too big, lifts the feel of driving an SUV.

  • Fuel efficiency: Nissan Terrano gets a frugal diesel engine. The car returns anywhere over the 15kmpl mark even if driven with a heavy right foot. Full marks to Nissan then for getting the variable that matters the most to Indians perfect.



Cons of the Terrano


  • Ergonomics: Much like its French sibling, the Terrano fails to impress when it comes to in-cabin ergonomics like the cramped footwell and improperly placed window up/down controls on the rear armrest.

  • Engines: Terrano also gets the diesel engine in two states of tune, an 85PS motor and a 110PS one. Both the forms get turbo-lag (esp. the 110PS) and don’t climb revs eagerly. The 85PS configuration doesn’t get the top end power that the 110PS engine gets, while the 110PS version lacks the initial poke and turbo kicks in at very high revs.

  • Steering feedback: While the Terrano is wonderful over bad roads, the steering feedback at high speeds is not the best. While the car remains planted, the steering feels disconnected from the road. So, it’s not the best handler.



Related: Nissan Terrano First Drive Review by CarSizzler

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