Nissan Terra VL 4×4 AT review: The complete package

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First, a disclaimer: This is my first introduction to the world of the Nissan Terra—or even the brand for that matter. All I knew of the automobile manufacturer and its cars was that the air conditioning is one of the best in the industry. As expected, that’s what I got with the new Nissan Terra. Pardon me for starting with this review by mentioning this feature, but one need only drive during traffic in the metro to know how good air conditioning can vastly improve the driving experience.

The Terra’s dashboard is clad in leather and houses a 7-inch multi-info display and a 9-inch infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The latter is a convenient feature as you’ll be able to mirror your device on a bigger screen and use apps—such as Google Maps and Waze—without touching your phone. 

Another handy feature is the wireless charging pad located just above the gear shifter. This takes away any worries of leaving your phone charger behind (as long as your phone supports wireless charging, of course).

Photo: Nissan Philippines

Speaking of not being worried, pressing the Camera button on the dashboard gives you a 360-degree view of your immediate surroundings, which is especially useful when you’re parked in a dimly lit area and you need to see what’s around you. 

Meanwhile, when you’re driving, the Nissan Intelligent Mobility will come to your aid. Safety features include intelligent forward collision warning with intelligent emergency brake, blind spot warning, and moving object detection. Every time an object comes too close to the Nissan Terra, it gives off a warning beep and the dashboard indicates exactly on which side it is. 

The Nissan Terra seats seven and even if you fit all members of your family in it, they would still feel comfortable. To keep them entertained, an 11-inch flip down monitor with HDMI input is readily available for the VL variant. They will also have access to Type-A and Type-C USB charging ports in all rows. 

Those driving solo, on the other hand, will find there’s more than enough room for their gear and stuff as the second and third rows fold flat. 

As a driver, comfort means a lot to me, so I appreciate that I can adjust the driver’s seat in 10 different ways (including lumbar support).

From the outside, the Nissan Terra 2022 looks imposing. It’s quite the looker, too, with its bold front end, muscular lines, and 18-inch two-tone alloy wheels. 

The redesigned front end also gets a large V-motion grille and new quad LED headlights with integrated C-shaped LED daytime running lights.

While I wasn’t able to check the actual numbers, I was surprised at how much was left in the tank even after taking the Terra for a long drive outside Manila (no, not in Baguio with a friend). Driving on the open road is great as you can feel the 2.5-liter turbodiesel engine’s from power (187hp and 450Nm). The ride is also plush.

Speed says

If you’re a no-nonsense type of driver looking for a handsome, practical, and feature-heavy SUV, then you can’t go wrong with this sexy beast.

The Nissan Terra VL 4×4 AT retails for P2,339,000

Words and photos Dexter R. Matilla
This story was originally published in Speed Magazine’s September-October 2021 issue.

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