2014 Nissan Murano | new car review

Posted on Feb 11, 2014 by
2014 Nissan Murano
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AEDAED 123,000 - 154,000
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  • Last modified: December 10, 2014
  • Exterior
    Editor: 40%
  • Interior
    Editor: 60%
  • Quality
    Editor: 50%
  • Features
    Editor: 60%
  • Performance
    Editor: 50%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 45%

Review Summary:

Slotting in between the Nissan Xterra and Nissan Pathfinder, the Murano is a that has been around since 2003. From the Korean side, it’s the Hyundai SantaFe, while the Americans got the Ford Edge to battle it out with the Japanese .

Pros

Look of the dashboard

Cons

Price
Boot space
Exterior design

Looks

Currently in its second generation, the 2014 Nissan Murano is definitely a strong competitor for the ‘Most Unattractive SUV’ award. With oval headlamps for eyes, an almost triangular grille for a nose, and a protruding bumper that resembles a jutting out lower jaw, the 2014 Nissan Murano doesn’t exactly have a pretty face.

2014 Nissan Murano front + side

Feels

From the looks of it, the same team that designed the exterior probably didn’t do the interior. As a result, the interior is home to a well laid out dashboard and a neat centre console that feels cheap, but looks like its been pulled right out of Nissan’s flagship sedan, the Maxima. Though the Murano is able to seat 5 individuals in reasonable comfort, boot space measures in at just 895 litres, which is a shame, because the Hyundai Santa Fe is able to gobble up 969 litres of cargo into its boot with the rear seats in place.

2014 Nissan Murano interior

Engineering

The 2014 Nissan Murano is equipped with a fair bit of tech. A tire pressure monitoring system ensures all tires are properly inflated, while the automatic headlights add a tad of convenience. Best of all though, are the blind spot monitoring and lane departure warning systems that increase safety when driving around town.

What’s on offer?

The 2014 Nissan Murano is powered by a 3.5 litre V6 that whips out 256 horsepower and 336 Nm of torque through an enjoyment draining CVT transmission. Though the basic option retails for AED 123,000, the fancier variant with 18 inch wheels, a power liftgate and Bose entertainment system, will set you back a hefty AED 154,000.

2014 Nissan Murano rear

Summing it…

If you fall into that extremely tiny sub-segment of the population that can actually look at the Murano without feeling a little sick, then hold your horses. Because, not only are the Ford Edge and Hyundai Santa Fe AED 13,000 and 39,000 cheaper than the Murano, but they are also better looking and a lot more practical.

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