Entering the Nissan Patrol is a special experience, as there’s a strong contrast between the ingress, which requires a bit of force due to the height and the rather cozy atmosphere you find inside.
While the Patrol’s main competitor, the Toyota Land Cruiser, comes with an edgier interior design, here the approach is warmer.
You feel that this is a place for the entire family. The shapes are rounded and, even though this is not the most sophisticated cabin, the styling is relaxing. You can clearly see that the designers had the Middle East in mind when they penned the interior. There are multiple clues for this, such as the trim arcades on the dashboard
When you enter the car, you have the impression that you could very well park a Nissan Micra
inside the Patrol. It’s no wonder then that the vehicle can swallow up to eight passengers, together with 19.4 cubic feet (550 liters) of luggage.
However, the standard Patrol configuration brings a seven-seat layout, but nobody says you have to fill the cabin with humans. If you want, you can fold the second
row of seats and you’ll be offered no less than 110 cubic feet (3,107 liters) of boot capacity. Nissan’s Patrol tops the Land Cruiser in terms of cabin space.
As a driver, you are treated with everything you need in order to navigate this ample ship. The best example comes from the dashboard instruments
, which, in the traditional Nissan/ Infiniti way, are large and extremely easy to read, be it day or night.
There’s quite a lot of switchgear, but the ergonomics are good, with the only exception being the buttons on the lower left side of the dash. These amusingly share the same issue with their homologue set of buttons in the Toyota Land Cruiser, being out of your attention’s reach.
When it comes to the perception of quality, this depends on the equipment level chosen. Be generous when ordering the Patrol and the car will offer materials that you’ll have no problem touching or looking at. The entry-level trim is also decent, but nothing more.Continue reading