Nissan Terrano 85 PS Long Term Review
The Terrano has been our workhorse since long and the best part about it is the engine and driving dynamics combo
The Terrano, as we all know, is a doppelgänger of the Renault Duster and recently we had both the cars in our long term fleet. We had the facelifted AMT version of the Duster and the first iteration of the Terrano which has been around our garage in multiple avatars including 110 PS and the 85 PS. After clocking in a lot of miles in mixed driving conditions including harsh Mumbai monsoons, we are able to judge the quality and reliability of this compact SUV. Let’s find out in this report how does it fare after such heavy usage.
The first Terrano that we got was a year after the launch which had done around 20,000 kms on ODO. The car felt pretty fresh inside out for the 12,000 kms we drove and it had no drawbacks apart from occasional squeaks and flickering MID screen. One year later we got the 110 PS version in our Mumbai garage and this time around we figured some new niggles such as a wobbly driver’s seat and more squeaky sounds. Now we got another 85 PS Terrano early this year and the test car’s additional niggles included dysfunctional parking sensors, permanent squeaks from the suspension and faded brakes. We even experienced water creeping inside during the monsoons because of the improper door rubber beading.
The aforementioned sequence of issues highlight the fact that the Terrano doesn’t age well with time and one needs to give attention to the car’s maintenance for its longevity. Having said that, the Duster that we had in our garage doesn’t show such signs of ageing. The interior quality surprisingly feels relatively better and more long lasting. Even the list of features is longer in the Renault and Nissan has cut corners in offering new features with the latest update of the Terrano, which comes with minor cosmetic and equipment upgrades.