Australians have had a long history of buying large Japanese SUVs and circumnavigating our country for the sake of the experience. If they haven’t done that yet, then they might be imagining that one day they will need a car to do just that.
Why specifically a Japanese SUV? Well, in short, it’s thanks to brands like Toyota, Nissan and Lexus producing seemingly indestructible, reliable and capable off-roaders.
That’s what the Nissan Patrol is all about, and it’s arrived back in Australia with a new exterior...but it’s missing an updated interior to match.
However, with an enormous 5.6L petrol V8 motor under the hood, is it worth saving $30,000 buying this latest generation Patrol over a top-trim Toyota Land Cruiser?
I took the keys to this nearly three tonne four-wheel drive SUV to find out.
Build Quality4.4 out of 5.
The Nissan Patrol’s build quality is absolutely solid. The interior and exterior provided the much needed confidence you’d hope for to take the Patrol beyond an urban environment.
The exterior was nearly perfect, however some bubbling on the exterior chrome trim found on this test car, located on the bumper would have made me pretty disappointed after spending over $100,000 on this SUV.
However, after a quick repair by the dealership, you’ll begin to enjoy the solid build quality of the interior. Even though Australia didn’t receive the updated interior for the new Patrol, you can be sure that this older interior will stand the test of time.
There are no new gimmicks inside - instead you’ll find plenty of buttons, plastic and leather which should age without complaint.
Value for Money4.6 out of 5.
The Patrol range starts from $88,556 drive away for the base Ti model. This trim we reviewed was the TI-L, priced from $102,116 drive away.
It’s honestly the trim you’ll want to purchase, if you appreciate the luxury appointments the Ti-L has to offer.
Even though the interior is a little on the older side, it still has plenty of features. Additionally, there are screens and headphones for the second row, which is rare to see unless you’re in the likes of a Mercedes S Class.
There are heated seats, radar cruise control, parking cameras, 7 seats and a whopping 5.6L V8 petrol motor.
Additionally, there are four-wheel drive modes to certify that this is indeed a bonafide offroader - helping disconnect or engage the front and rear differentials.
Overall, compared to the Toyota Land Cruiser Sahara, the Patrol offers a far more appealing value for money proposition. If you’re more interested in the capabilities of a vehicle rather than its up-to-date features, then the Patrol will be better suited for you. Plus, you’ll save yourself nearly $30,000 compared to jumping into a new Toyota Land Cruiser Sahara.
Maintenance4.8 out of 5.
The brilliant thing with an aged offroader like this one is that there isn’t anything overly complicated to fix if things should go wrong.
Nissan ships the Patrol with a 5 year/unlimited kilometre warranty, an offering that should be industry standard in 2021.
It’s a behemoth of a V8, without the aid of turbochargers or a hybrid system. There’s no air suspension nor is there some trick transmission fitted to the Patrol. Even down to the basic screen, buttons and gimmick-less features, the Patrol would be able to be fixed by a bush mechanic in a small Aussie town.
That’s part of the appeal with a basic, big V8. Sure, it’s thirsty, but that’s the price to pay for an engine that you can rely on in the middle of nowhere.
Noise Level4.2 out of 5.
Starting up the Patrol, you’re greeted with a small truck’s worth of sound emanating from the intercooler.
Sadly, it’s not a sporty sounding V8, instead, it’s far more utilitarian in its sound profile.
Under heavy acceleration, my gosh, it does start to produce that thunderous V8 rumble, only to be rudely interrupted by either the legal speed limit or that noisey intercooler.
The BOSE audio system in the Patrol was a pleasant yet dated experience. I could imagine when it first launched, it was an impressive system. However against other $100,000 cars it falters by not offering active noise cancellation. On top of that, it lacks a little extra depth and clarity that would really fill out the entire cabin.
Braking3 out of 5.
When you see a car as big as the Patrol, you’d hope for even larger brakes. However, that isn’t the case entirely.
The Patrol does pull up to a stop well. It stops smoothly and the brake pedal is easy to modulate for a car that weighs nearly 3 tonnes.
The physical size of the brakes isn’t all that impressive, but they work well for this behemoth. Sadly, the sporty body kit doesn’t match the braking ability if you’re looking to push the Patrol a little harder.
Acceleration/Power4.5 out of 5.
298kW and 560Nm of torque is what you get from this naturally aspirated 5.6L V8.
Sure, that doesn’t sound like a lot of power compared to other turbocharged V8 alternatives, but what it does represent is a motor that isn’t strained. It’s ‘relaxed power’, meaning the motor isn’t being pushed to its absolute mechanical limits to deliver power. Instead, large displacement, lots of cylinders and no forced aspiration allow the Patrol to retain a reliable mechanical future.
Claimed 0-100km/h times are in the early 7 second range. That’s very impressive for a car this large, and more than enough sprint if you need to use it. The Patrol makes mincemeat of overtaking on large highways, but it also will make mincemeat of your wallet at the same time.
Gear Shifting4 out of 5.
The 7-speed transmission in the Patrol gets the job done without complaint.
Sure, it’s not a quick shifting dual-clutch, nor is it as dynamic as a ZF gearbox. What it is though, is a transmission that moves the Patrol along without complaint.
I really appreciate old school transmissions like this, simply because it's not attempting to try and be sporty and smooth at the same time. Instead, it compliments the massive V8 and weight of this SUV and enables the Patrol to drive with ease across a variety of surfaces.
Suspension & Handling3.5 out of 5.
More weight, more lean. The Patrol is a lot of fun to drive around the suburbs, purely from a novelty point of view. This thing is enormous, so much so thatI almost commend anyone brave enough to use this as a family SUV.
The absolute size of the Patrol certainly translates to a lot of body roll and lean through corners. Sure, for off-road use, the suspension will handle all the rough stuff with ease. On-road, driving in a nearly 3 tonne vehicle to perform, with a high centre of gravity, requires lower entry speeds into corners. I wouldn’t recommend taking corners nearly as fast as you would in a standard SUV.
Yes, the Patrol is as comfortable as it looks to ride around in. With plenty of travel in the suspension, plush leather seats and loads of rubber between you and the road, the Patrol is the ideal road trip vehicle.
Fuel Efficiency1.5 out of 5.
This is the price to pay for an off-roader with plenty of power and a historically reliable engine, with a large bill waiting for you at the register at your local petrol station.
I was gobsmacked by my average consumption figures driving the Patrol around my local suburb, with figures reaching as high as 26L/100km.
The estimated range for the Patrol was close to 600km, but I could see this Nissan travelling far less than that if you have a lead foot around town.
Here’s the kicker, to fill the Patrol up from empty, it’ll set you back $260 per fill. $260! I have never encountered a daily driver that racks up a bill this high at the pump. As much as I want to think it’s cool to have a naturally aspirated V8 under the bonnet, I can clearly see why these are being phased out entirely from the car world.
Sadly, it’s a little disappointing from an environmental standpoint to still have engines like this on the road. Where a turbo-diesel or even a twin-turbo V6 model could help reduce the enormous consumption figures of a car like the Patrol.
Interior Design2.5 out of 5.
The biggest complaint from the 4x4 community is directly related to this interior.
It’s not a bad interior design by any means, in fact, I quite enjoyed my time inside the Patrol. However, like a slap in the face for some customers holding out for the latest generation of Patrol, Nissan Australia has delivered the all-new exterior, without an all-new interior.
Overseas, the Patrol comes with a much needed updated interior, complimenting the attention-grabbing exterior. For some peculiar reason, Australia has missed out on this update.
It’s a trip back to the early 2000’s, with this $100,000 car not even being delivered with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. There’s a tiny and aged screen by 2021 standards, a plethora of buttons, and my favourite, entertainment units on the back of the front headrests for the second row passengers.
Although there is dated tech found in the Patrol, it’s not so much of a bad thing.
I loved using the HDMI port to display my laptop screen to the rear screens, which would make it ideal for those parents who take their kids out of school for half a year to circumnavigate Australia. Seeing as the screens can extend displays of laptops to avoid neck strain or incidents of car sickness.
Due to the dated components, it’s an interior that will clearly stand the test of time. This will appeal to many, as it's not demanding you learn anything different to operate this interior.
Although, in the war against the Toyota Land Cruiser, it's the weakest proposition for customers cross shopping the two cars. This is especially the case because the Land Cruiser received an all new update for the 300 Series.
Boot Size & Comfort4.3 out of 5.
This SUV dwarfed Hyundai’s largest, North-American sized Palisade 8 seater (the other SUV I had on loan at the time) - and it comes with more boot space, too.
There’s 468L with all three rows up, 1413L with the third row folded down and 2623L with all seats folded flat.
For daily use, there’s more than enough space for anything you might need to load into the Patrol. For a trip away to Australia’s heartland, you might want to leave the third row passengers behind, as that will provide the necessary boot space to travel with.
With the third row up, you’re certainly limited in cargo room for 7 people’s worth of luggage. Even with a trailer and roof box, it’ll be a little bit of a squeeze. If you do want to use the third row for a journey like this, those third row passengers better be smaller than an adult, as it gets a little squishy in the back.
Second row comfort is sublime, with plenty of adjustability to accommodate up to three adults. To make the most out of the comfort for passengers on a long trip, I’d recommend just taking four people.
The bottom line is that the Patrol is extremely comfortable and there’s a reason why it’s a go-to car of choice for those clocking up the miles on long road trips.
Features3 out of 5.
Even if the cabin is a little dated, there’s still plenty of features in the Patrol that make it easier to justify a $100,000 price tag.
I did enjoy the BOSE audio system, rear seat entertainment, heated seats and parking cameras as standout features here.
Additionally, the safety features like rear cross-traffic alerts and autonomous emergency braking really stand out in a car of this size, especially when maneuvering in tight spaces
- 5.6L V8
- 298kW and 560Nm
- 6-speed automatic
- 8-inch touchscreen infotainment
- 13 BOSE premium audio system
- Bluetooth connectivity
- Rear seat entertainment screens, heaphones and remote
- Lane keep alert and assist
- Blind spot warning
- Rear cross traffic alert
- 4x4 capability with locking differentials
- Terrain modes
- Heated/cooled front seats
- Roof rails
- Memory seats
- Power tailgate
- Leather seats and trim
- 3rd row seats
Should you buy one?
This car really is for off-roading enthusiasts. It’s similar to buying a sports car, as you’re going to overlook the thirsty motor and slightly outdated interior for the space, capability and comfort that this SUV provides.
It depends on how far you see yourself driving this thing, which will help you justify saving $30,000 over buying an equivalent spec Toyota Land Cruiser. It’s one of the more affordable gargantuan, luxury off-roaders on the market. On that merit alone, I think it's worth considering one of these against the likes of a Lexus LX, Toyota Land Cruiser and even against the likes of a Land Rover Defender.
Note that the $30,000 in savings will go towards your enormous fuel bill each week, if you plan on daily driving. That’s about 2 years of fuel right there.
Additionally, you have the reliability factor. If you’re really nervous about something failing in the middle of nowhere, the Patrol wins hands down for the most simple motor. Most mechanics anywhere will know how to work on one and most likely have parts for it.
However, if you ask me, I think the Land Rover Defender wins against the Land Cruiser and the Nissan Patrol. It has the space, power, comfort and capability that these cars have, but built for the 2021 from the ground up. The Patrol wins buyers looking to purchase the more simple to maintain and are willing to pay the running costs for a tried and tested V8 motor.
About the author
Cameron is our resident car expert. Aside being a source of knowledge about the automotive industry, he has also driven a wide variety of cars. From Porsche 911 GT2 RS's, through to a 1998 Toyota RAV4, Cameron has not only seen it all, but most likely driven it.
Love my Patrol
This is our family car and work vehicle
We use our car every day. Very economical
The fact that it only needs servicing twice a year is a financial help
Purchased in January 2019.
Oustanding vehicle in every respect
I bought this car in preference to a Toyota Sahara which was far over priced and in my opinion inferior in every way to the Y62 Patrol. The engine is unparralled in a 4 wheel drive, is smooth as silk and awesomely powerful. The many standard features leave the Toyota’s for dead. Note that I was formally a Toyota driver but could not justify as extra $40,000 for a Sahara to a Toyota badge, which is the only difference I could see. I love this car and plan to use it to tow a caravan in the future. In my view $iesel is dead as they will not be able to meet the pollution laws in the near future.
Amazing car i'd buy it again tomorrow.
Ok I've been a Nissan person for years and owned every 4x4 Nissan has built just about., so when the family started to get bigger so did the car. We had a Qashqai and NP300 Navara, both cars i loved for different reasons but both far to narrow for 2 kids seats and a 3rd person in-between. So we went car hunting from LC200 and Infinity QX80 some larger US cars then ended up ordering a Patrol without even test driving one. We then booked a test drive after paying a deposit and at the better part of 100k the wife got nervous. So test drive day com...es along and my wife does the driving she starts the car and the smile was instant, the soft but present growl when the y62 starts is an amazing sound of power, not like a club sport Commodore thats just noisy and loud, its gentle yet gives the sense there is some serious grunt there. Ok so my wife drives it out of the dealership never having driven a V8 ( as all our last cars have been TD and the reason we never had a y62 ) she puts her foot down as she was used to in the QQ and NP300 and the smile got bigger as the Y62 has some go i mean some real get up n go ( We get 5.1 seconds 0-100 on 98% about 5.8 on 95% ) so after 10 minutes of driving she is more than sold on the car its got space some leg room others can only dream of, its quiet inside real quite to appreciate the V8 sound you have to let the windows down. The Bose sound is so clear and full it makes most other cars sound cheap and pitiful. We have owned it for 8 months now and done 30000KM and loved every meter of driving its brought back my enjoyment for driving long distances. Is it thirsty? if you plant your foot it can drink like a alcoholic at happy hour. can it be driven be fuel efficient? yes it can we get awesome milage out of it up to 900 per tank at 140L not bad for a 3T car with 400 horses to tame. We all know horses are not cheap but you don't hear XR8 or Clubsport drivers complaining about milage they buy the cars for love and passion, I suggest buying a Y62 for the same reason. Seems Aussies are tough a 4Xa needs to be Diesel and I was the same, the Patrol has taught me different. We have taken it on the beach and off road and she handles the same like a camel. On a small windy track in soft deep sand we came around a bend to find a Mitsubishi ASX beached n belly up with nowhere to go. so with 20inch wheels installed running 42PSI we hooked up the ASX turned of traction control put it in revers and skull dragged the mistsy out like it wasn't even hooked up. On and off road the Patrol is comfortable and quite you don't have to yell to have a conversation with fellow passengers in the car. the seats with their heating and cooling covered in a plush leather are nothing short of incredible over long distances i mean i drive until i need fuel sometimes that means 6-8 hours without getting out and I'm never sore. to instruments are well placed and very easy to use. Has the car got cons? sure it has while i love the entertainment system with its headrest monitors the layout of the HDMI and USB to play movies off is kind of stupid as both plugs are where the middle person in the rear puts their feet. We have broken numerous USB sticks and HDMI leads as they get kicked and trodden on so we actually bought DVD's for the kids again as they are loaded in the front.
good car but dealer ordinary
I love the car but find all car dealers of most brands poor, Nissan were likewise poor and spoilt the experience, best I have had was Ford for a work car, The patrol is really BIG and takes some getting used to but I love the power and the car is a great touring car, Petrol is expensive but not a major concern, I am generally really happy and don't miss the Landcruiser and have lost confidence in late model Toyota diesels, The price of Landcruisers is now crazy and I saved about $28k
Sold.... Can't wait to get another!
I purchased my Y62 TI-L in 2014 back when everyone said they were crap, they said it was heavy on fuel... They said a lot about them but clearly didn't know anything about them. I sold mine with just under 100,000klm for close to what I purchased the car for. It was a trouble free vehicle that towed effortlessly the wife and kids want another one and so do I. I only sold it as I update my vehicles every 3 years but I don't think the current land cruiser is going to last me this round, it's back to nissan for us. I can't explain why it just was a great car, very comfortable on long trips for everyone and fuel use on the freeway was averaging 13/100.
How much you can save from a Sahara $35k more paid
I have looking at this car for 3 years before I decided to keep one home. Performance is excellent when I find 200 is just far behind me when I slightly touch the accelerator.
Interior ...it is a joke 200 carries a few pieces of wood.
Running cost is a trick...
$35k cheaper than Sahara... How many km of petrol cost difference?
Stupid answer is 1,000,000 km. I think we dump the Patrol Y62 and the Sahara long time ago when we drove 500,000 km
Simply the best.
Good bye 200 hello to a whole new world of awesome.
So much better than the old 200 in every way.
Just drive one. Then decide.
It outperforms the very dated 200 design in every way.
The fuel consumption isn't what you're led to believe and it most instances so far is better than the 200 on fuel.
Waste of Money, going to sell it and go back to the lc200 2016
Just got brand new 2016 Ti-L model, always been a Nissan fan from having s13, s15 and nav d22. So I decided I will stick to Nissan because all my mates has lc200 (Love them). Now I've done about 10k with it, and hate it. Off road is ok, HBMC helped but not as good as LC200 off road crawl control, leather is starting to lift not glued properly, GPS is hard to see around the early after noon. Steering control keeps on getting bump while driving. Power wise is ok but people rave how quick it is but I don't think so, It will bet the lc200 v8 twin t...urbo tho we are petrol. Over all I will only give it 1 star because only a few months old and leather is coming apart, and decide to sell it and get a lc200 gxl. Good points. leg room in the back. 3.5t standard provides steering angle, tyre pressure and compass Bad Points Drinks like no tomorrow, will not take out bush Off road didn't perform well
Really it worth a look
It's smooth and powerful tows great fuel consumption is very acceptable for a car of its size and weight not a car for bush bashing but a highly capable tourer comfortable well built
Highly recommend. That if you are after a large 4wd for touring/towing it worth the time to look at one
Problem after 1 hour picked up brand new Patrol Y62
Bought Brand new Nissan Patrol Y62 TI-L from Parramatta Motor Group (Nissan Parramatta), picked up on 23/04/2015, went home, the driver door could not be locked, called the dealer( Sale person) [Name removed], ask us to bring it in, we brought it in, he tested, he confirmed the door cannot be locked, he told us to go home and wait until service then it will be fixed, we refuse to leave, he left us stand outside in the rain without even asking us to come in side. We called Nissan Head Office, they point finger back at dealer.
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|Category||Large / 7 Seater SUVs|
|Drive Type||Four Wheel Drive (4WD)|
|Fuel Consumption||14.4 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||140 L|
|Engine||5.6L VVEL V8|
|Max Power||298kW @ 5800rpm|
|Max Torque||560Nm @ 4000rpm|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (braked)||3,500 kg|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (unbraked)||750 kg|
|Kerb Weight||3,500 kg|
|Ground Clearance||273 mm|
|Release date||Feb 2013|
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