Nissan Terrano Expert Review

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Introduction

The Nissan Terrano is, at its essence, a Renault Duster in a more premium package. While it gets the same robust build and abuse-friendly nature of the Duster, it features a more mature design and better interiors too. Should you consider it over its more affordable sibling and indeed, it’s rivals?

2016 Nissan Terrano

Pros
  • The Terrano features a six-speed AMT gearbox which is well-tuned and is great to use in the city and on the highway.
  • Massive ground clearance of 205mm in the Nissan Terrano is more than sufficient for Indian roads
  • Diesel engine of the Terrano offers great driveability and efficiency.
  • The Nissan Terrano essentially gets the Duster’s supple ride quality and tough nature in a more stylish package.
Cons
  • Interior quality, while better than the Duster, is only acceptable for the price.
  • The Nissan Terrano fails to match the finish quality or features of its rival, the Hyundai Creta.
  • The absence of an all-wheel drive option in the Terrano (available in its more affordable cousin) is a big letdown for SUV enthusiasts.

Stand Out Features

  • <strong>ESP with Hill Start Assist:</strong> Makes the vehicle more stable at speeds and easier when climbing up a steep slope

    ESP with Hill Start Assist: Makes the vehicle more stable at speeds and easier when climbing up a steep slope

  • <strong>In-built Navigation:</strong> The 7-inch touchscreen audio system of the Terrano comes with navigation system as well
 

    In-built Navigation: The 7-inch touchscreen audio system of the Terrano comes with navigation system as well  

  • <strong>Cruise control: </strong>For a more relaxed highway drive as it maintains the car’s speed without accelerator input. Available with AMT variant as well.
 

    Cruise control: For a more relaxed highway drive as it maintains the car’s speed without accelerator input. Available with AMT variant as well.  

CarDekho Verdict

"As a standalone product, the Nissan Terrano impresses with its muscular styling, spacious cabin and multiple powertrain options."

Its easy handling manners and excellent ride quality make it perfect for those wanting a comfortable SUV for the city or highway. But the absence of new-age features such as projector headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, rear AC vents or even a push-button start may put off those who want an equipment-rich SUV.

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