On board the Nissan Murano has not missed the virtues and benefits of an Audi Q7, BMW X5 or Mercedes ML. Your comfort has always seemed superlative, but this lack of take-off in sales was due to a V6 petrol engine with 3,500 cc and an average consumption of just over 12 liters per 100 km which, frankly, would rise even further in the real world.
Precisely for this reason, potential customers of such high-end vehicles have been looking to the diesel competition. The Murano's new diesel engine is based on the one already present in the Pathfinder and Navara, with a new aluminum cylinder head, a variable geometry turbo and injection-art augmented bars 1800-2000. All these changes have increased the power from 171 to 190 hp and torque by 47 Nm to 450. In motion, these numbers do not disappoint, as the fuel consumption is less than 9 liters per 100 km, although it is somewhat lazy to get going. Once you get past the 2,500 rpm you can fully feel the power, but it is still lagging behind more attrative models. Driving reactions and smooth six-speed automatic transmission are rather slow. It reminded me a lot of the feeling of driving a ML. Everything is so soft, so harmonious, that you no longer want to get there first.
It also helps that the suspension, like the rest, is not geared to a sporty drive, but for the comfort of your journey. Because in the limit, the body tilts more than other 4x4s of the same bracket.
What we also liked was the interior, for its combination of good quality used in materials, a pretty decent room for five occupants and full equipment in which this version does not lack.
Well, one thing is missing: a higher capacity 4×4. But Nissan is calling it an SUV crossover. It has poor angles (especially at the front) and low ground clearance (165 mm), which will not let you offroad much.