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Nissan Patrol ST-L V8 vs Toyota Landcruiser 200GXL

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Nissan Patrol ST-L V8 and Toyota Landcruiser 200GXL go head to head in this comparative review.

4.5 stars

VALUE from $82,200

VALUE from $88,490

The ST-L seats eight on velour trim; it also has a Bluetooth phone link, hard-drive equipped sound system, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and cruise control, power-adjustable driver's seat, tri-zone climate control, side steps and 60/40 split for rows two and three.

The eight-seater cabin is functional, spacious but on the sparse side. There are 17-inch alloy wheels, cloth trim, dual-zone climate control with rear vents, power windows, six-speaker USB/MP3 sound system, Bluetooth phone and audio link and touch screen satnav (absent from the entry-level Nissan).

TECHNOLOGY TECHNOLOGY

A seven-speed auto delivers to the clever 4WD system, which can feed up to 50 per cent forward when needed. The 5.6-litre V8 produces 298kW/560Nm (with an enjoyable soundtrack) at a thirsty 14.5L/100km, no doubt thanks to a 2.6-tonne kerb weight. Range: about 900km.

The twin turbo diesel V8 out-torques the Nissan and has better fuel economy with claimed 10.3L/100km and likely range of 1200km. The six-speed auto drives the constant 4WD. There are a limited-slip diff, off-road low-speed cruise control and turn-assist for a tighter radius.

DESIGN

DESIGN

With little design cred, the Patrol has a Nissan family resemblance up front, an abbreviated rump but masses of interior space. An adult can sit in any row, though not for long in the third. Velour trim apart, it's a quality cabin, let down by the LHD-position for the gear selector.

There's only so much you can do with such vehicles but the Toyota looks less ungainly than the Nissan and has aged better. The cabin space is good, trim materials less suspect than the Nissan’s velour and the third row are useful. The Nissan has a little more cargo space with eight aboard.

SAFETY SAFETY

There are dual front, side and curtain airbags (although not as far back through the cabin as claimed), traction and stability control, parking sensors front and rear, reversing camera, hill start and descent control. All the clever safety gear is only on the top-spec Ti-L.

Dual front, front-side and full-length curtain airbags (stretching all three rows, says Toyota), anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control. The full-time 4WD provides good grip in all conditions.

3.5 starsDRIVING 4 starsDRIVING

The new Patrol rides well. It's big and feels it on the road. Effortless steering at low speed gets vague as speeds rise. 4WD prowess remains, with clever terrain modes and plenty of ground clearance. V8 thirst (particularly in town) will raise eyebrows.

The 'Cruiser is a little smaller and has better steering feedback (both relative to the Patrol). The ride is decent and the turbo V8 gives effective power delivery. A plastic wheel lets it down a bit. Unsealed surface performance and off-road ability remain first-rate.

OVERALL STAR RATING FINAL POINTS
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OVERALL STAR RATING FINAL POINTS
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VERDICT

Toyota outsold Nissan 3:1 in this segment last year. Most of the 200's sales were diesel so the new Nissan isn't likely to make much of a dent. Yet those who prefer a petrol V8 will find plenty to like. King 'Cruiser still rules.

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  • wow how bias i drove both in 1 day in top spec models the Nissan BLEW the Toyota away in every aspect and even after 120km drive in the Nissan i was a little sadened as we neared the dealership the Nissan felt like it would cruise to Venus in sublime comfort and the Toyota felt no better than my rexton 2 with uprated springs and shocks , also i checked the Saharas fuel trip meter records and its averedge was 18.5 km/l over the last 1500 k,s .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) also i U turned the nissan on narrow sealed road and WOW it keeped the cabin level even though the wheels droped over the camber and also worth note is the Nissans BRILLIANT cooled and heated seats no more sweaty back BS to me the Nissan rates 95/100 the ole Toyota 67/100 thats the TRUTH only thing that shyed me away from Nissan is the thought of resale on a big petrol 8 in this moron retarded country where fuel prices are jacked right up , funny how fuel prices in Egypt were 8 cents per litre and the fuel takes you 75% further than this watered down rubbish in Aus , another big greedy fail for John Howard shame he was sucked in by those bush murderouse PIGS anyway happy St Pattys day : )

    BIKERS UNITED INC Posted on 17 March 2014 7:36pm
  • Almighty Patrol forever!!

    that kid of QLD Posted on 13 February 2014 10:31pm
  • king patrol rules the Arabian sands

    Rufus Philip of Muscat,Oman Posted on 14 October 2013 9:35pm
  • OMG, there was no mention of how suited it is to get my kids to school and it doesn’t handle well enough. Should be on lower profile tyres for better handling. Oh, where is the mention that it took what? 2 or 3 years for the Patrol to arrive here. What about long term reliability with these fancy electronic gizmos and independent suspension. What about the problem of the Toyota drinking liters of oil every 1000km.

    Disgruntled of Sydney Posted on 19 April 2013 11:12pm
  • Who would buy the patrol with a thirsty petrol engine which produces considerably less torque than the Cruiser and burns more fuel in doing so?  I purchased a GXL turbo diesel Cruiser new in Oct 2010, I have 67000 km on the clock and NOTHING has gone wrong.  It is incredibly reliabe and the fuel consumption varies little.  I normally get about 12.5 litres per 100 km in my normal driving.  On a long trip and on cruise control carrying a full load at 110 km/h it will get down to low to mid 11’s.  Towing my 19 foot boat through the Gippsland hills, it jumps to about 13.5 and I’m not afraid of using all 8 cylinders.  Haven’t met a hill I cant accelerate up with the boat and full load on board.  Boat weighs 1.5 tonnes and catches alot of air.  I’m still on my original set of tyres.  The car sits very nicely on the road, has bags of grunt for overtaking and is so easy to drive in the city.  The turning circle is good, visibility is good and the interior room is cavernous.  I have it serviced strictly by the book by Melton Toyota.  I could have had a Saraha but chose the GXL because I use it for hunting and fishing and would cry if my muddy Labrador jumped in the back of a 130K car!

    Cam SCOTT of Melbourne Posted on 18 March 2013 7:55pm
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