New diesel model should see sales rise in Europe
A small makeover sees changes to the grille and recontoured bumpers
The interior is tastefully furnished
Standard kit includes touchscreen sat-nav, iPod and an 11 speaker sound system
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.
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