Review

Nissan Murano SUV (2008-2011)

Nissan Murano SUV (2008-2011)

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Lots of standard equipment
  • Soft suspension
  • Eye-catching looks
Cons
  • Expensive to buy
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Not much fun to drive

"With updated looks the Nissan Murano more distinctive than ever and the addition of the 2.5-litre dCi diesel engine means that it is more practical, too"

The new Nissan Murano is the most accomplished version of the SUV that the Japanese manufacturer has produced so far. The new design looks even more distinctive than the previous version and the addition of a more frugal 2.5-litre dCi diesel engine should encourage a lot of new buyers. Interior space is as generous as ever and so is the standard amount of equipment. But the Murano is still very expensive, starting from £38,000 for both the petrol and diesel varients. Performance is acceptable, but the Murano lacks precison and the soft, refined ride means that there is some body-roll through the corners. The Murano is at its best on long journeys, where its suprememly comforatble ride and masses of interior space are most useful. All round a solid effort from Nissan and a big improvement over the previous version.

MPG, running costs & CO2

1.5 / 5

Low efficiency and poor emission means high running costs

The Murano's 3.5-litre V6 petrol returns only 25mpg while the 2.5-litre dCi manages 35mpg. Neither are particualry impressive, especially considering Audi's Q5 2.0-litre TDi manages 47.9mpg and emissions of 154g/km CO2.

Engines, drive & performance

1.5 / 5

The Murano lacks feedback and driver involvement, but it does feel smooth and comfortable,

Delivering responsivness and refinement, the Murano is an easy car to drive over long distances. Ideally suited for motoray journeys, it can feel heavy around town and the steering is too light. In 4x4 mode the SUV gets added stability for rough terrain and bad weather, while the Murano also does an excellent job of soundproofing and as a result it is peacful and relaxing wherever you are or whatever you are doing.

Interior & comfort

2 / 5

There's lots of interior space, leg and headroom but the suspension is a bit soft

With generous levels of interior space and excellent head and legroom, the Murano is extremely comfortable to drive. A high driving position, with excellent all round visibility means driving the Nissan is quite a comfortable experience.

Practicality & boot space

2.5 / 5

The Murano has lots of interior space but doesn't use very effectively

The Murano's huge interior has more than enough space to comfortably seat five passengers, while head and legroom are plentiful. But despite all the interior space the boot, at only 402-litres, is underwhelming compared to German rivals like the Audi Q5.

Reliability & safety

4 / 5

The Murano is another very reliable option from Nissan

Made from top quality materials, the Murano feels very well built. Combine this with Nissans excellent overall standards of reliability and the Murano appears like a very strong and safe choice.

Price, value for money & options

2 / 5

The Murano is not cheap but very few SUV's offer as much equipment as standard

Both the 3.5-litre V6 petrol and 2.5-litre dCi diesel are expensive compared to rivals, but for this you get a lot of standard equipment including an 11-speaker Bose audio system, sat-nav with a seven-inch colour touchscreen, Bluetooth, iPod connectivity and two parking cameras.

What the others say

3 / 5
based on 4 reviews
3 / 5
Inside and out, Nissan has done a good job updating the Murano's appearance. It still looks distinctive, but the new grille is far easier on the eye than the previous model's rather garish affair, while the cabin is classy, with soft leather for the supportive seats.
4 / 5
The first Murano arrived in the UK in 2005 after two successful years on sale in North America. While it was a good 4x4 that drove very much like a car it was hampered by the lack of a diesel engine. This second-generation model (launched in 2008) is a far more polished effort than the original and, thankfully, a 2.5-litre diesel has also been added to the line-up in 2010.
2 / 5
The handling and performance don't live up to the sharp styling, and it looks expensive to buy and run next to its rivals.
3 / 5
Refined and comfortable SUV, good performance, pleasant and easy to drive, 2.5-litre diesel introduced in Sep 2010 offers 35.3mpg combined and 210g/km CO2.
Last updated 
1 Jul 2013

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