Before setting off on our holiday road trip, I had a couple of days to test the Patrol on my local roads, taxiing kids, shopping, bikes and assorted gear around the 'burbs.
The exterior of this 2019 model is largely unchanged from the previous model, with a design that appears to be trying its best to soften an otherwise large and brawny profile.
On the whole, though, it's not much of a looker.
Sitting on 18-inch rims, this big unit measures 5.1m long, a smidge under 2.0 metres wide and close to 2.0 metres tall. Parked in the driveway, it cuts an imposing figure and looks like it will drive up and over anything put in front of it.
There’s a vast expanse of space inside, which my three kids were super excited about - what with three spacious rows of leather-bound seats to choose from.
The 8.0-inch screens embedded in each front-seat headrest were the next items to catch their attention, followed by a predictable fight to sit in the middle row. All this despite having no media to plug in (USB / HDMI) or DVD to play.
All seats, regardless of the row, provide acres of head and leg room and are incredibly comfortable to spend time in. The dash layout is an interesting one, peppered with various buttons and switch gear and framed in a high gloss timber that looks more plastic than wood. Despite its dated design, it was easy to navigate and simple to operate.
Parking was less stressful thanks to the ‘Around View Monitor’, and parking sensors front and rear. The large wing mirrors were handy when parallel parking, providing a good view of the kerb.
Across two days of suburban driving we covered around 100kms with the trip computer displaying a fuel consumption reading of 17.5 litres / 100km. Which is.... rather a lot.