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Nissan Terrano II (1999-)

Overall Rating

3 stars

Terrano is an early Nineties design last revised in 2002. It's affordable, roomy and rugged with good off-road abilities, but it's less refined than some rivals, and it's showing its age.

  • Lots of roomy 4x4 for the money
  • 2.7 TDi and 3.0 Di are good for towing
  • Seven seats on some models
  • Some rivals give a smoother ride
  • Loses value faster than more popular 4x4s
  • Interior trim is not the best quality
Road Test

Terrano is a family 4x4 estate that's fine for five adults plus luggage, although the optional extra rear seats that give seven-seater capacity are a bit of a compromise. It's dull and old-fashioned inside, and modern rivals have better safety equipment, but specifications are quite generous. Two punchy turbodiesels - a 125bhp 2.7 and a 155bhp 3.0 - provide fairly refined power that's well up to the requirements of towing or off-roading. They're not the quickest or quietest units, although overall refinement isn't bad once they build up to cruising speeds. Both manage around 30mpg, so the livelier 3.0 Di is the best choice if budget permits. The driving position is commanding, with good all-round vision. Handling is a bit lumbering but safe; Terrano needs piloting smoothly and methodically to get the best results on-road. New and used prices are lower than most rivals, but buyers turn to more modern contenders, resale is becoming trickier.

Need To Know

JD Power stars: 2

NCAP: Not tested

Worst Models: 3.0 Di SVE

Replacement: 2005 by Pathfinder

Nissan Terrano II (1999-)
Star Ratings


3 stars


2 stars

Quality & Reliability

4 stars


3 stars


3 stars

Running Costs

3 stars

Value for Money

4 stars

Stereo/Sat Nav

4 stars
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