Nissan Pathfinder Review & Buyers’ Guide

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2010-bg1Operators who shed a quiet tear over the demise of the 4×4 Nissan Terrano van should weep no more. Its successor has arrived in the shape of the light commercial version of the five-door Pathfinder SUV…

Nissan Pathfinder Review & Buyers’ Guide

£21,427 – £22,977

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Available as: Van Engine options: TD2.5 190hpVolume (m³): 2.2 Payload (kg): 650


 

Our Verdict

Operators who shed a quiet tear over the demise of the 4×4 Nissan Terrano van should weep no more. Its successor has arrived in the shape of the light commercial version of the five-door Pathfinder SUV.

pathfinder-2010-1Operators who shed a quiet tear over the demise of the 4×4 Nissan Terrano van should weep no more. Its successor has arrived in the shape of the light commercial version of the five-door Pathfinder SUV.

A close relative of the Navara pick-up it’s one of Nissan’s Good to Go approved conversions and it can handle a 650kg payload. Access to its 2.2m3  cargo bay is by way of a rear hatch or a hinged rear door on each side.

Two versions are up for grabs. As its name suggests, the Obscured Glass Van has blacked-out rear windows to frustrate the unhealthily-curious. The rear side windows are deactivated in line with Type Approval regulations.

pathfinder-2010-24x4-vanIf that doesn’t quite match requirements, then the alternative is the Panelled Van. Steel inner and aluminium outer panels replace the rear side glass and the latter are colour-coded to match the rest of the bodywork. No matter which version you pick you’ll still be able to reclaim the VAT if you’re a registered business says Nissan.

Turning to the cab, the specification is good with remote central locking, electric windows and door mirrors, Bluetooth phone connectivity and dual-zone climate control. A full height steel mesh bulkhead is fitted.

pathfinder-2010-3Power is provided by the same new 2.5-litre diesel found under the bonnet of Navara. Hooked up to a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, it produces 190 horsepower and develops 450 Newton metres of torque.

Four-wheel drive and a low-ratio set of gears are selectable by using a rotary switch on the dashboard.

A big, heavy, vehicle, it’s never going to be the fastest thing on the highway, but is more than capable of holding its own. It’s impressive off-road, happily grinding through the mud and rutted forest tracks thanks to all that torque.

Pathfinder is protected by a three-year/60,000-mile warranty while service intervals are set at a very reasonable 18,000 miles.

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