Used Nissan Terrano (1993 - 2007) Driving & Performance

Review by Parkers on
Last Updated: 06 Mar 2014
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Terrano has never enjoyed the popularity of the Cherokee or Discovery. It's a competent and reasonably affordable family/leisure 4x4, nonetheless.

1.5 out of 5

Performance

Three engines have powered Terrano. The 100bhp 2.4-litre petrol unit ran from 1993-2001. It wasn’t a sprinter, but was fairly relaxed at motorway speeds. The 2.7-litre diesel has also been around since launch, but was greatly improved in 1996, when it gained an extra 25bhp and an intercooler. But it still remains slow, plodding and noisy. The 3.0Di – from 2002 onwards – is a strong performer, but lacks the refinement of more modern engines.

None of the units impress.

2.5 out of 5

Handling

A low ratio gearbox and long-travel suspension means that Terrano is a tough off-roader. It's an excellent tow-car, too. But on the road, it falls behind nearly all of its rivals, with lots of bodyroll through corners, vague steering and a notchy gearchange. The soft ride is well suited to towns.