It is true that the Nissan Pathfinder has a large lifestyle aspect to its personality and is one of those SUVs which are perfectly capable of tackling busy city life and any off-road condition.
The Nissan Pathfinder has a rugged design and continues to project a strong on- and off-road attitude, making it an all-encompassing medium-sized SUV.
The diesel engine adds strength to the Pathfinder’s backbone, making all derivatives pleasurable to drive. It makes the off-road safer and easier by a combination of good ground clearance matched to its critical angles.
I was impressed with the space. The Nissan Pathfinder is roomy, lively and has a generous specification that makes it ideally equipped to accommodate your family.
Pathfinder is roomy and versatile, with generous specification that makes it ideally equipped to accommodate all your family and their activities too.
The second row seats fold individually with just a pull of a lever. Concealed beneath them are two useful, secret storage space that can be used to keep personal items.
The Pathfinder has huge cargo capacity. By folding down the second and third rows as well as the front passenger seat, you can create an impressive 2.8m long load space.
Entertainment is a breeze with the 9.3GB Music Box, large enough to hold music from up to 3 000 songs, as well as iPod, USB and Aux-in connections for MP3 players.
I was not impressed with the dashboard though – it needs some upgrade.
The Nissan Pathfinder looks sporty with a cleaner and modern design. It is a distinctively tough SUV, with an upright, powerful, and commanding presence on the road.
A nudge bar, tow bar and roof carrier come as additional. The Pathfinder boasts 17″ alloy wheels and roof rails.
On the road
The Nissan Pathfinder is equipped with 4×4 capabilities that really push the limits of off-road adventure. Its All-Mode 4×4 electronic four wheel drive system gauges the road, driving conditions and transfers the amount of torque to the wheels.
The Pathfinder’s rotary switch allows you to choose between four drive selections to suit your driving conditions. The two wheels drive mode comes handy when you want economise on fuel.
The simultaneously proactive and reactive auto mode automatically manages the torque spread from rear wheel drive to 50% front and 50% rear for a better traction – depending of road condition.
- Power: 140kW @ 4000rpm
- Torque: 450Nm at 2000
- 0-100 km/h: 10.7 seconds
- Top speed: 186km/h
- Fuel consumption: 9.0/100km
- Fuel type: Diesel
- Fuel tank capacity: 80L
- Price: From R464 900
What we like about the car:
- Pleasure to drive
- Ability to choose between, all-mode 4×4, four and two wheel-drive
- It is spacious
- It feels safe
- Excellent off-road capability
- It is fuel efficient
What we don’t like about the car:
- It is a bit slow to take off
- Cloth seats cover
- Dashboard needs upgrade
Few words to describe the Nissan Pathfinder: roomy and off-road capable! There is no doubt that the Pathfinder was designed to cater for the whole family. If you will be traveling with your family this festive season I advise you buy this vehicle.
Five-wheel rating: 3.5/5.