2015 Nissan Xterra | new car review
Shift-on-the-fly drive selector
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 2015 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.
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.
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 2015 Nissan Xterra wears a starting price of AED 106,500 that gradually rises all the way to AED 119,750 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 394 Nm of torque and is mated to a 5 speed transmission.
The 2015 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 more than the Chevrolet Trailblazer and the Kia Sorento, the Xterra is quite simply, a lost cause. Unless, you’re looking for something to bash around on the dunes over the weekend.
|Specifications||2015 Nissan XTERRA|
|Engine/ Cylinders||4.0 litre / V6|
|Max Power |
|270 hp @ 5,600 RPM|
|394 Nm @ 4,000 RPM|
|Transmission||5 speed automatic|
|Drive||Four Wheel Drive|
|0-100 km/h||9.0 secs|
|Top speed||190 km/h|
|Price||AED 106,500 - 119,750|