2014 Nissan Xterra | new car review

Posted on Feb 10, 2014 by
2014 Nissan Xterra
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 2 stars
  • Poor
AEDAED 108,000 - 122,000
  • 4/5 Avg. User Rating

  • Rated 4 stars
  • 1 Review

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  • Last modified: December 10, 2014
  • Exterior
    Editor: 60%
    User: 90%
  • Interior
    Editor: 50%
    User: 50%
  • Quality
    Editor: 50%
    User: 80%
  • Features
    Editor: 55%
    User: 80%
  • Performance
    Editor: 60%
    User: 80%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 50%
    User: 80%

Review Summary:

Named after the triathlon race series that sponsored between 1998 and 2006, the Xterra is a Mid-Sized SUV that competes against likes of the Chevrolet Trailblazer and Kia Sorento.

Pros

Shift-on-the-fly drive selector

Cons

Exterior styling
Price

Looks

The squarish head lamps, protruding wheel arches, 9.5 inch ground clearance, and plenty of ruler straight lines come together to form a rather boxy outer shell on the 2014 Nissan Xterra. Elegance or neatness for that matter, clearly weren’t anywhere in the recipe when putting the Xterra together, and as a result, it looks extremely out of place on any stretch of tarmac. Is this an SUV you’d be able to pull up to a fancy hotel in without being embarrassed? Erm, I doubt it.

2014 Nissan Xterra front + side

Feels

Inside, it’s pretty much the same story. An abundance of hard plastics coupled with cloth seats give birth to the macho no-nonsense design of the interior. The extremely dated instrument panel that looks like it’s been pulled right out of the Sunny, along with the simplistic centre console, make the Xterra look and feel like a real economy vehicle.

2014 Nissan Xterrainterior

Engineering

The drive selector switch placed below entertainment system is in all likelihood, the neatest feature on the Xterra. Offering a shift-on-the-fly option when swapping from two two wheel drive to four wheel drive mode when travelling at speeds of up to 100 km/h.

What’s on offer?

The 2014 Nissan Xterra wears a starting price of AED 108,000 that gradually rises all the way to AED 122,000 for the Off-road variant that comes equipped with machined alloys, off-road tires, Bilstein shocks and a rear differential lock. Under the hood, the Nissan Xterra hides a 4.0 litre V6 that produces 270 horsepower and 395 Nm of torque and is mated to a 5 speed transmission.

2014 Nissan Xterra side + rear

Summing it…

The 2014 Nissan Xterra lacks a sense of refinement and just feels archaic when placed beside its competitors. If Nissan had skimped on the price as much as they’ve tried to cut on features, the Xterra would have probably been able to compete. But with a price tag that is AED 13,000 more than the Chevrolet Trailblazer and AED 23,000 more than the Kia Sorento, the Xterra is quite simply, a lost cause.

3 Responses to 2014 Nissan Xterra | new car review

  1. ismael bamba Reply

    November 11, 2015 at 1:42 am

    how much does it cost in us?

  2. Ahmad Al Felasi Reply

    March 8, 2015 at 11:43 am

    • Exterior
      90%
    • Interior
      50%
    • Quality
      80%
    • Features
      80%
    • Performance
      80%
    • Value for money
      80%
    • Rated 4 stars

    Test Drove it a while ago. A pretty Awesome SUV and a Great Value among OFF-Road Capable SUVs. This Vehicle should not be compared to car-based SUVs such as Kia Sorento, Ford Explorer etc as it have a different market for different kind of buyer. It has some impressive features including navigation screen with mobile connectivity, off road performance shocks, rear view camera and impressive cargo area. In addition the rear seating room is actually good if compared to the Toyota Fj or the Jeep Wrangler (& the Unlimited).

    And yes I would definitely park it in-front of Burj Al Arab or any 5 star hotel and still feel PROUD of myself. If you would feel embarrassed then lease a Range Rover.

    • Zaran Tarapore

      Zaran Tarapore Reply

      March 8, 2015 at 1:30 pm

      Hi Ahmad,

      You’ve got a point with the X-Terra. It’s a part of the dying body-on-frame segment of the market and is definitely a brute off-road.

      Regards,

      Zaran

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