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Tow Car Review: Nissan Patrol Station Wagon 3.0 TD 4×4 GL

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Words & Images Richard van Ryneveld

It’s not often that journalists get to travel over 5 000km in a test car, but on this trip I did. Look, I have to admit my bias from the start – I like a Nissan Patrol! The most reliable and toughest 4×4 I ever owned was a battered old 1984 model. A young Overberg farmer, Reenen Kritizinger who farms near Greyton where I live, is now the proud owner. I challenge you to ask him if he will sell it.

What I can tell you is that all the basics of good engineering that created a legend has been maintained 64 years after the first Patrol (the 4W60) rolled off the factory floor. It seems appropriate that it was 1952, the year of my birth!

Moving with the times the newly launched Patrol, keeping its tough-as-teak look, now sports full grain leather seats, an entertainment system with a touch screen colour navigation system, and USB and Bluetooth connection. But I just like the good basic engineering that offers a common rail, direct injection turbo diesel engine that delivers 110kW at 3 600rpm and a hefty 371Nm of torque which peaks at a low 2000rpm. Man, you could literally tow a tank with this beast.

The fuel consumption is also great. If you keep your foot of the pedal and stick to the speed limits it should give you 8.1 litres per 100 kilometres. That’s quite a thing for a “go anywhere” car of this size. Speaking of size, if you’re planning a long trip and need some packing space, the Patrol has a 2 226 litre loading area.

Just for a good tyre kick, I can tell you the following: The Patrol Station Wagon sports heavy duty springs, 240mm shock travel all round, solid front and rear axles, vented disc brakes front and rear. It also comes with a rear lockable diff and automatic locking hubs with an option of a manual override.

There’s a 135-liter fuel tank. And for serious off-roaders who want to explore, the Patrol can use 500ppm diesel. I could go on. But I can tell you, the Nissan Patrol Station Wagon I had with the five-speed manual gearbox is one hell of a machine. It’s my friend, finish en klaar.

Towing Specs:

  • Ground clearance: 210mm
  • Max tow-rating: 2.7 tons
  • Suspension travel: 240mm

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