Used Nissan Pathfinder (2005 - 2014) Comfort

Review by Tim Bowdler on
Last Updated: 07 Mar 2014
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2 out of 5

Comfort

While Nissan Pathfinder comfort is good on the motorway, over rougher surfaces the body can shake around, meaning an uncomfortable ride for passengers. But the first two rows of seats provide enough head- and legroom for five adults, while the front seats are large and supportive, with plenty of adjustment (which is electric on top models). However, the third row of seats (on all but the base model) is best suited to children - it doesn't offer enough leg space for adults, although a short journey would be tolerable.

The biggest problem is noise intrusion: the diesel kicks up a din (especially on auto models at higher revs) which makes long-distance trips a pain, while wind noise is more noticeable in the smoother 4.0-litre.

4.5 out of 5

Practicality

All but the base S models come with seven seats as standard (from mid-2006 the S was replaced by Trek). These can be split/folded and transformed into a totally flat loadspace for larger or more awkward loads up to 2.8 metres long: Nissan claims there are 64 seat/load-space combinations. There are also loads of cubby spaces to make life on board easier including a double-deck glovebox, underfloor storage and storage bins in the back.

The tailgate is also split, so just the glass opens, which means you can quickly drop bags into the load area - useful in multi-storey car parks.

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How does the boot space compare?

280 litres
212 litres
Nissan Pathfinder (05-14)
190 litres
4.5 out of 5

Behind the wheel

The high driving position gives a great view of the road (although rear visibility can be a little restricted) and means parking is easier than it would at first appear - helped further by the Pathfinder's square shape. However, top models get a reversing camera which is ideal for slipping into tight spaces. All the dials and switches are neatly laid out and easy to use and, although the cabin doesn't feel especially sophisticated, it's exceptionally well built and robust - adding to the Pathfinder's no-nonsense image.