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Nissan Terrano 2020 Review: Prices, Offers, Specs, Mileage and Pics

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By Rahul Hans - Automotive Journalist Dec 12 2019

The compact crossover segment is the hottest segment in the Indian car market. High sales and fat margins mean every manufacturer wants to have its presence in this segment. The Renault Duster, back in 2011 created some ripples and it became an instant hit with the masses. The size was appropriate, the engines were punchy and efficient, and the quirky styling meant there were long waiting periods.

Enter the Terrano, nothing but a rebadged Renault Duster, with some styling changes here and there. Heck, even the dashboard is the same, and it was pretty evident that this car too can steal some sales of the Duster if priced right. And that was the end of it, Nissan charged an unexpected premium over the Duster, and its no surprise that the Terrano bombed.

All the negatives aside, the Nissan Terrano is still very capable, and its ride quality is second to none. Should this Nissan be on your wishlist in 2019, if a compact crossover is your choice of vehicle?

What will impress you?

  • Leather interiors

  • Cabin space

  • Boot space

  • Brilliant ride quality

  • Bold exterior design

What Won’t?

  • Dated interior looks

  • Infotainment system belongs to the ’90s

  • Limited variants, thereby limiting flexibility

  • Lack of tech upgrades

What’s New in 2019 Nissan Terrano?

  • Dual-tone colour scheme for the interior

  • New 7-inch touchscreen infotainment

  • Steering mounted controls

  • Cruise control

  • Hill assist feature, ABS and EBD

Nissan Terrano Variants and Features

The Nissan Terrano, when launched, was priced at a premium over the Renault Duster. However, over the years, with sales plummeting, Nissan has had to correct the pricing. In the 2019 avatar, prices for the Terrano start just a shade under 10 lacs and the top-spec variant is priced at 14.64 lacs.


Now, here comes the confusing part. The diesel engine is the same unit that does the duty in the Renault Duster, however, as is the case with Duster, it is available in two states of tune. The lower variants, namely XE and XL (O), comes in 84 bhp tune, while the XV Premium variant gets the 108 bhp tune. A petrol engine is available too, but only in a sole barebones lower variant, called XL P.

Given how dated the car os, the pricing is on the higher side, and it’s not very difficult to guess why it’s not the favourite among the consumers in this segment.

Variants

XE D

XL P

XL (O) D

XV Premium D 110 PS

XV Premium D 110 PS AMT

Price (ex-showroom)


Rs. 9,99 lakhs

Rs. 9,99 lakhs

Rs. 12,35 lakhs

Rs. 14,19 lakhs

RS. 14,64 lakhs

Features

Double lamp headlights with chrome & black bezel

Electrical retractable ORVM with turn indicators

16’’ machines alloy wheels

Leatherette seat upholstery 

16’’ machines alloy wheels


Keyless entry

Integrate 2-din audio(MP3/AM/FM) with USB, AUX, Bluetooth

Keyless entry

Driver armrest

ESP (Electronic stability program)



Eco-mode

Rear-seat armrest with cup holders(two)


Dual Front Airbags

Lumbar supports & seat height adjustment

Keyless entry


ABS, EBD with BA (Braking Assistance)





Hill-start assist


Driver airbag






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The XL D (O) variant seems to be the most value for money pick of the lot, for it offers all the essential features, and is priced just about right. For those looking for Petrol or Diesel Automatic, there is just one variant for each, thereby limiting the choice.

Nissan Terrano Engine & Performance

The Terrano is powered by the Renault sourced K9K diesel engine. This 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine has been put to use in other Renault-Nissan cars as well and has proven its worth. This engine is available in two states of tune, and the lower variants get the 84 bhp tune. While the power figures may not be extraordinary, it’s the 200 nm of torque that makes this engine stand out. Power is available lower down the rev range, and there is negligible turbo lag. Accessible power means pottering around town won’t pose an issue, with lesser downshifts. Out on the highway, this engine doesn’t feel stressed and is capable of cruising at triple-digit speeds all day long.

This engine is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, which is smooth shifting for the most part but has a rubbery side to it. That said, this notchiness is no deal-breaker, and this engine and gearbox alone make the Terrano a very good proposition to consider. NVH levels are acceptable, with the typical diesel thrum and vibrations filtering into the cabin. The Hyundai Creta remains the king in this segment, in terms of NVH levels.


Coming to the top trim, called the XV Premium, it gets the same engine, albeit, in the higher state of tune. Power and torque figures are rated at 108 bhp and 248 nm, respectively. While the additional power is welcome, there is a lot of turbo lag, and you’ll be downshifting frequently, especially in stop-go traffic. Once past 1700 rpm, this engine comes into its own, and the surge from then on is good, which can bring a wide grin on your face. This engine is mated with a six-speed manual gearbox, which, much like its five-speed sibling is notchy to use. One can also choose the AMT with this engine. The AMT gearbox does the job, but is nowhere close to a slushbox or a DCT, with jerky and long shifts. Enthusiasts should stay clear of this gearbox.

The sole petrol engine on offer is a 1.6-liter K4M four-cylinder unit, which generates 102 bhp of power and 145 nm of torque. Again, this is the same engine that we’ve seen in other Renault-Nissan cars. While the diesel engine is quite an all-rounder, this engine feels sluggish and adequate for this car. A five-speed manual gearbox does transmission duties, and is surprisingly smooth, especially when compared to the oil-burner’s transmission unit.

Models

Nissan Terrano XE D

Hyundai Creta

1.4L CRDi

Ford Ecosport 1.5L Titanium MT

Renault Duster RXS

Price (ex-showroom)

Rs. 9,99 lakhs

Rs. 9,99 lakhs

Rs. 9,90 lakhs

Rs. 9,99 lakhs

Engine(Diesel)

1.5 L K9K four-cylinder DCi

1.4L CRDi four-cylinder

1.5L TDCi four-cylinder

1.5L K9K four-cylinder DCi

Transmission

5-speed manual

6-speed manual

5-speed manual

5-speed manual

Power

84 bhp @ 3750rpm

89 bhp @ 4000rpm

99 bhp @ 3750rpm

84 bhp @ 3750rpm

Torque

200 Nm @ 1900rpm

220 Nm @ 1500-2750rpm

205 Nm @ 1750rpm

210 Nm @ 1750rpm


Acceleration

Expecting road-burning 0-100 timings from compact crossovers might sound a bit unfair. The Terrano is the slowest car in this segment, taking nearly 14 seconds to reach a ton from a standstill. Cars like Creta and Ecosport are faster, although, there isn’t much of a difference between their timings.

Models

Nissan Terrano

Hyundai Creta

Ford Ecosport Titanium

Renault Duster

0-100 Kmph

13.9 seconds

12 seconds

13.2 seconds

13.9 seconds

Engine

1.5-Litre K9K four-cylinder DCi

1.4-Litre CRDi four-cylinder

1.5-Litre TDCi four-cylinder

1.5-Litre K9K four-cylinder DCi


Ride and Handling

Both, the Terrano and Duster are based on the B0 platform, which dates back to 2009. Despite being more than 10 years old, this platform is known for its brilliant ride and stability. Both these cars get the same suspension setup, and just like the Duster, the Terrano has a brilliant ride quality. It is easily the best riding car in this segment! Coming to the suspension, it is a brilliant set up, dismissing all the potholes with ease.

Around corners, the car doesn’t feel subdued and continues to hold its line. High-speed stability too is commendable. Another talking point about the Terrano is its steering, which is very well calibrated and offers great feedback. No, it’s not pinpoint accurate, but is much better than the Creta’s.


Nissan Terrano Braking

If there is one reason to complain from this car, it has to the brakes. The brakes are adequate at best, and make the car stop in a straight line, with no drama as such. However, in panic braking situations, there is a considerable nose dive, and the heft of the car can be felt. Moreover, the brake pedal too feels soggy to operate and takes some time getting used to.

Model

Nissan Terrano

Hyundai Creta

Ford Ecosport

Renault Duster

Front Brakes

Ventilated Disc

Ventilated Disc

Ventilated Disc

Ventilated Disc

Rear Brakes

Drum

Drum

Drum

Drum

Curb Weight(kg)

1,236

1,326

1,261

1,236


Fuel Economy

Fuel Economy is an important parameter in India, and in this segment too, efficiency is an important parameter. This Nissan crossover’s fuel economy is rated at 20.5 kmpl for the base diesel engine producing 84 bhp. This number looks impressive on paper, however, it falls short when rivals walk into the arena.

For the 108 bhp diesel variant, the Terrano offers fuel economy of 19.87 kmpl, which again, is impressive, but falls short against its rivals. The petrol engine suffers from a fuel economy of 13.2 kmpl, and honestly, Nissan isn’t even trying to sell this engine. It exists more for the heck of it, rather than for sales.

Model

Nissan Terrano

Hyundai Creta

Ford Ecosport

Renault Duster

Mileage (ARAI)

20.5 kmpl

21.38 kmpl

23 kmpl

20.5 kmpl

Fuel Tank Capacity 

50 liters

55 liters

52 liters

50 liters

Range 

1,025 kms

1,175 kms 

1,196 kms

993.5 kms

Nissan Terrano Exterior & Styling

If you’ve seen the Renault Duster and liked it, chances are, you’ll like the Terrano too. Same platform, same body shape, just minor changes here and there and a Nissan badge slapped on the front and rear and voila, you get the Nissan Terrano. The flared wheel arches lend a muscular look to the car, and a squarish stance makes the Terrano look appealing in person.


The car weighs around 1200 kgs, however, it doesn’t show, for it handles like a charm! The figure is identical to its sibling, the Renault Duster. Hyundai’s Creta comes across as the heaviest of the lot, while the Ecosport stands somewhere in the middle, at 1261 kilograms.

Model

Nissan Terrano

Hyundai Creta

Ford Ecosport

Renault Duster

Curb weight 

1,236 kgs

1,326 kgs

1,261 kgs

1,236 kgs

Length

4,331 mm

4,270 mm 

3,998 mm

4,331 mm

Width

1,822 mm

1,780 mm

1,765 mm

1,822 mm

Height

1,671 mm

1,665 mm

1,647 mm

1,671 mm

Ground clearance 

205 mm

198 mm

200 mm

205 mm

Wheelbase 

2673 mm

2590 mm

2519 mm

2673 mm

The car has a very good road presence, thanks to the masculine look it offers. However, it has started to look dated, and cars like Ecosport and Creta have caught up since they have received regular updates by their respective manufacturers.

Exterior Features

  • Electric retractable outside rearview mirror with turn indicators (ORVMs)

  • Roof rails

  • Chrome exhaust finisher

  • 4-Pod Design headlamps with chrome & black bezel

  • 16” Machines Alloy Wheels

  • Chrome exhaust finisher

  • Body-colored outside rearview mirror

Nissan Terrano Interior & Comfort

The interior of the Nissan Terrano ticks some boxes which are good to have, however, it fails to tick some important ones which its competitors have. The Terrano’s top-specced variant comes with a two-tone leather interior in black & brown color combination along with a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The two-tone leather interior does give the car an upmarket look. The lower variants do with the usual fabric seat upholstery.


The steering wheel apart from the leather finish comes with silver-finished inserts with added controls for audio and cruise control. The driver’s seat also gets a foldable armrest. The instrument cluster provides a plethora of information such as fuel efficiency, average speed, distance to empty as well as information on liters consumed.

The cabin space is the real deal here and is as spacious as you would want it to be. Legroom is plenty, due to its dimensions and a large wheelbase. There is enough room for 3 passengers at the back. Overall, while the interior quality is better than its cousin Duster, it only justifies its price. It isn’t extra or fancy in any way, like some other cars.


Infotainment System

This is the place where the Nissan Terrano lets you down big time. In one simple sentence, it lacks Android Auto and Apple Carplay. In the middle of the dash, sits an intuitive 7’’ infotainment display with large icons. It provides navigation but feels very outdated. This system comes with iPod support, Bluetooth, Aux and USB input. Sound output is via 4 speakers, two at the front and two at the back. Apart from this, the car gets a feature called NissanConnect along with 50 plus connected car features. With this, you get to track the distance you’ve covered, real-time fuel economy and other parameters like service reminders and even your driving pattern.


Boot Capacity

If you are a family of four wanting to spend a weekend away in comfort with all your belongings, the Nissan Terrano will surely satisfy your spacious needs. It offers a whopping 475 liters of boot space with the rear seats up which is exactly equal to the Renault Duster and significantly larger than the Hyundai Creta and Ford Ecosport.

Model

Nissan Terrano

Hyundai Creta

Ford Ecosport

Renault Duster

Cargo Volume 

475

400

352

475



Nissan Terrano Safety and Reliability

In terms of safety, Nissan has given dual front airbags as standard fitment in the higher variants. The base trims have to do away with a single (driver side) airbag only. However, other safety niceties like ABS with EBD and Reverse Parking Sensors are standard across the lineup. With the AMT variant, you also get safety add-ons in the form of the Hill Start Assist and Electronic Stability Program.


Safety Features

  • Dual Airbags – Driver and Passenger

  • ABS

  • EBD with BA (Braking Assist)

  • Engine Immobilizer

  • Seat Belt Reminder

  • Reverse Parking Sensors

  • Impact Sensing Auto Door Lock

Nissan Terrano Head-to-Head Competition Check

Nissan Terrano vs Hyundai Creta

The Hyundai Creta was a late entrant into this segment, and nobody expected it to become a hit within a few months. While the Terrano was already struggling due to the Renault Duster, Creta’s arrivals dusted the hope of its revival. And why not?! The Creta offers a more punchy engine, more variants (which gives more flexibility to the buyer’s), more upscale interior and strong reliability that’s associated with Hyundai’s.


Nissan Terrano vs Ford Ecosport

This may sound like an Apple to Oranges comparison, however, the Ecosport and Terrano have a lot in common. The Terrano was one of the first cars in its segment, and the Ecosport too gave birth to an all-new segment of crossovers. Moreover, both of the cars falling in the same price bracket is a testimony to the fact that these cars are similar in more ways than one. With the Ecosport, you get a punchy diesel engine and a more upmarket cabin. Moreover, the Sync3 infotainment system available in this Ford is one of the best in the business. What tilts the matter in Terrano’s favor is its brilliant ride quality.


Nissan Terrano vs Renault Duster

Well, siblings in different clothes. The Terrano’s failure can become a case study for management students, for how even a brilliant vehicle can fail if not priced or marketed well. When Duster came, it took the market by storm, and Terrano had a similar chance too. However, atrocious pricing and lack of aspirational (badge) value made the Terrano fail big time, so much that it’s on the verge of discontinuation. Choosing the Duster between the two is a no-brainer!


Final Verdict for 2019 Nissan Terrano

The Nissan Terrano, even though a brilliant vehicle, is irrelevant in today’s time. Irrelevant is the keyword here since Nissan has made no visible efforts to market this car. The lack of features and a dated cabin add further insult to the injury. Even if one were keen on the Terrano, choosing the Duster is a better bet, since they are the same cars underneath and the Duster offers a better interior with the 2019 facelift and better resale value as well. For everything else, there are cars like Creta and Ecosport in this segment, which are more modern and offer a perfect blend of performance, fuel economy and interior packaging.