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    Nissan Murano 2.5 dCi

    Stylish and a rational buy, but needs a clean and classy V6 to compete
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What is it?

It’s a stylish SUV, the Murano, but it’s always been severely hampered in Europe by the lack of a diesel.

Now, two years after the second generation car went on sale an oil burner has arrived, together with the lightest of make-overs consisting of a new grille (needed for additional cooling) and recontoured bumpers.

What's it like?

It’s propelled by the 2.5 litre four cylinder turbodiesel found in the X-Trail, Pathfinder and – whisper it – the Navarra pick-up – though it, too, has had an update to civilise it for this more elevated role.

See the test pics of the Nissan Murano 2.5 dCi

A new cylinder head and injectors allow it to operate at higher injection pressures in the interests of efficiency, a variable nozzle turbo livens low-rev response while a fifth engine mounting, modifed power steering and more sound-proofing improve refinement. So does new underbody shielding that cuts the Murano’s Cd from 0.37 to 0.34.

But the sporty-looking Murano really deserves a 3.0 V6 turbodiesel rather than this relatively small four, and on the road it shows with performance that’s no more than adequate when it comes to sprinting.

It’s better as a cruiser, but it’s sometimes short of the authoritative performance implied by its looks, and despite the engine’s size, the Murano’s consumption and emissions aren’t so hot either - the V6 Porsche Cayenne manages 195g/km to the Nissan’s 210g/km, for example.

The new motor is well muted, but always plays a distantly clattering sound-track.

The Murano is nevertheless a relaxed cruiser, and a pleasant one to take station in too because it’s well made, tastefully furnished, easy to drive and decently deft on backroads.

Should I buy one?

It’s easier to allow yourself to fall for its looks with this diesel option, but there are better luxury diesel SUVs out there.

Nissan Murano 2.5 dCi

Price: £37,795; Top speed: 122mph; 0-62mph: 10.5sec; Economy: 35.3mpg; CO2: 210g/km; Kerbweight: 1898kg; Engine: In-line four, 2488cc; Power: 187bhp at 4000rpm; Torque: 332lb ft at 2000rpm; Gearbox: 6-spd automatic

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21 July 2010

38k for a thirsty, slow, 2.5, 4 cylinder diesel? Nissan have got to be having a laugh. Now people really will have a reason to call them Datsun and call them poor value with shocking engineering - this really doesn't seem like a winner - did they not drop the V6 in because it would steal Infiniti sales?

21 July 2010

this car is an insult to the proud name of datsun.

it joins the ranks of the emperor's new clothes nissan joke - a twenty grand micra; the 'surely they couldn't have let it out like that!' Infiniti QX/Nissan Patrol nonsense, and of course this Nissan Moronic, with its freshly applied metal-mouth, presumably designed to empathise with the little darlings being transported in the back with their expensive orthodontal work. boy, datsun are on a roll! off a cliff.

seriously, Nissan makes BMW and its black episode with Bangle's designs look like rank amateurs in the how to make a joke of your company and demonstrate no one's got the guts within your company to stand up and shout "foul! stop!" stakes.

21 July 2010

no instead they have the guts to make cars that dont look dull and the same as everything else. that takes even more balls. is it just good luck that nissans market share goes up every quarter? or are there lots of people that think your opinion is wrong?

there are lots of bland cars out there for you to choose from so dont worry if you dont like it i am sure there is a vw or vauxhall dealership that will welcome you.

21 July 2010

I too like the styling. At least they have done somthing interesting. The engine is a bit slow though for a sports SUV. I'm surprised they can't use the same diesel v6 as Infiniti though... Seeing as they are the same company?.... Odd..

21 July 2010

[quote nissantrader]

no instead they have the guts to make cars that dont look dull and the same as everything else. that takes even more balls. is it just good luck that nissans market share goes up every quarter? or are there lots of people that think your opinion is wrong?

there are lots of bland cars out there for you to choose from so dont worry if you dont like it i am sure there is a vw or vauxhall dealership that will welcome you.

[/quote]

mate, let's not carried away, eh? datsun's share of the Uk new car market is around 4-5%. it's one hot seller is the squashedcow. yes, it's something of a phenomenon, but then there's no accounting for the taste of the brits especially the female ones. apart from that, what've you got? squat. the squashedcow bubble will burst with familiarity and better rival products.

datsun's 4% share compares to around double that for VW and three times for Vauxhall. after more than 20 years as a 'British' maker datsun still sells barely more than one in twenty-five new cars in UK. hardly much to boast about fella.

across Europe the story's even worse. datsun gets 2-3% of the European car market and is outsold twice over by premium BMW. datsun is almost an irrelevance on the European scene.

now that datsun have embarked on employing people with white sticks in their design office and thinking they can out-price BMW/Merc/Audi, never mind VW and Ford, with pick-up engined, interior design and furnishing by Amstrad tat they are headed into the ditch. no one will mourn or notice their passing.

21 July 2010

The name "Datsun" has mega clout in North America/Australia/Middle East/Africa, stop lapping up everything Clarkson says, think for yourself. The Datsun 240Z is more legendary than an E-type in the states and the best rally cars in Australia and Africa in the 70's came with Datsun badges not overated Ford Escort ones. Poms should look beyind their borders before joining the herd mentality that agrees anything Clarkson says is gospel!

21 July 2010

This little 2.5l, 4 cylinder diesel, has more power and torque than the mighty 3.0l, 4 cylinder diesel fitted to the Landcruiser.

21 July 2010

[quote Citytiger]This little 2.5l, 4 cylinder diesel, has more power and torque than the mighty 3.0l, 4 cylinder diesel fitted to the Landcruiser.[/quote] The torque is decent, but should be better. The power for a 2.5 is fine, but it should have a 3.0 V6. This car needs ~220bhp and ~350lb feet of torque to work effectively with the size and automatic gearbox in the market it's in - as it is supposed to be a bit "sporty". I actually have no problem with the styling, interior, space, chassis or handling (I've driven the 3.5 over here - when Nissan were replacing an ABS sensor it was the only courtesy car they had left), what I do have a problem with is an engine that seems underpowered and thirsty for the class, with a price tag that would make a BMW owner think twice.

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