2020 Nissan Patrol Ti-L. Bigger is Better

2020 Nissan patrol Ti-L

The 2020 Nissan Patrol Ti-L has recently launched and believe you me, it’s a whole lot of luxury truck for nearly $32,000 less than a Toyota Landcruiser Sahara.

2020 Nissan Patrol Ti-L
Nissan’s 2020 Patrol Ti-L is on the market and a whole $31,600 less than the nearest competitor

When I was a Toyota and Ford dealer, back when there were almost NO high rises in Redcliffe, no-one really liked the Nissan Patrol when you compared it to the Toyota Landcruiser. “Landcruiser was what Australia was built on – Snowy Mountains Scheme, mining in Broken Hill and the Pilbara – and if you worked in the city, you’d be driving a Holden or Ford ute”. That’s just the way it was.  Read further for my 2020 Nissan Patrol Ti-L Review

Back then, Ford had a Bronco and also sold rebadged Nissan vehicles – Maverick (Patrol) Corsair (Pintara) and on a very limited basis, Nissan had a Ford ute. I’ve recently driven a 2019 Nissan Patrol and last year a Nissan Patrol called an Infiniti QX80. I thought I’d shelve the review on the 2019 PAtrol and save my opinions for the 2020 Nissan Patrol Ti-L that’s just been released.

Managing Director of Nissan Australia, Stephen Lester had this to say about the new Patrol at the launch.

“The new-look 2020Nissan Patrol is a head-turner with its refreshed design already driving buyer enquiries,” said Nissan Australia managing director Stephen Lester.

“We are excited to have the new Patrol on sale; it has made significant gains in its segment owing to its comfort, design, towing and driveability both on- and off-road. Everyone who drives this spacious large SUV enjoys it.

We have seen a marked improvement in Patrol sales through our strong dealer sales performance, and we expect to see the 2020 Nissan Patrol sales continue to rise.”

I haven’t driven a petrol-powered V8 (apart from some serious sports cars and a 2007 Ford Cobra GT) for a long time and certainly not a 5.6-litre petrol V8. And I now know what I’ve been missing. Here’s my review on the new 2020 Nissan Patrol Ti-L V8 Wagon

What Is It? This is arguably the largest real four-wheel drive on the market today, at least in Australia. 3 rows of seats that work well, The Nissan Patrol Ti-L 4WD I’m testing is a remarkably civilized vehicle

How Much? $91,990 plus on roads takes it to circa $96,846 drive away in Queensland. And please note that other motoring publications lazily still use the RRP price supplied by the manufacturer. At The Car Guy, I add the on-road costs and dealer delivery to the published price, so you really know how much it costs

Competitors? – Not many in this category. I’m thinking Toyota Landcruiser VX ($102,750), Toyota Landcruiser Sahara ($123,590), (Lexus LX570, ($142,750), Audi Q8 ($128,500) as well as some other well-credentialed European offerings that start in the $100,000 bracket and get up to $200,000 plus. The RRP price of the big Nissan Patrol Ti-L is $91,990 (All prices shown are excluding on-road costs and dealer delivery)

At The Front

Big, aggressive and overtly American, the new 2020 Nissan Patrol Ti-L takes intimidating to a whole new level. On my week-long test drive, without trying to, cars in front would pull over to let the big Nissan by.

There’s 298kW of power and 500Nm of torque driving the Patrol around. Plenty enough for the biggest boat or caravan and a wonderfully relaxed off-road vehicle.

Nissan PAtrol Ti-L
The diesel engine in a Landcruiser is good but doesn’t have near the stonking power that the 5.6 Litre V8 Nissan Patrol has.

And why is Nissan sticking with this engine? A simple answer really. The Patrol sells in good numbers in the USA and the Middle East – in America you’re still buying unleaded fuel for less than 66 cents a litre while diesel is 25% dearer at around 83c per litre. It does make pretty good sense.

2020 Nissan PAtrol Ti-L
Both of the new Nissan’s featured doing their thing – off-road. (Pic courtesy of Car Advice)

Down The Side and Safety Specs

There is no getting away that this Nissan is big – on all counts. Designers really don’t have much room for stylishness, and you only have to look at the competitors to see that philosophy. This Nissan Patrol Ti-L does have all the modern safety tech that’s required to achieve driver comfort and confidence.

Nissan Patrol Ti-L review
It’s big and boxy, but so are every other large 7-seater SUV’s

Hill Start Assist & Hill Descent Control

Electronic rear differential lock

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC)

Intelligent Forward Collision Warning (IFCW)

Intelligent Emergency Braking (IEB)

Lane Departure Warning (LDW)

Intelligent Lane Intervention

Blind Spot Warning (BSW)

Intelligent Blind Spot Intervention

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA)

At The Back

2020 Nissan PAtrol Ti-L Review

You’re probably buying the Nissan Parol to do a couple of things – off-road work and probably towing something large. The towing capacity of the Nissan Patrol is 3500kg when coupled with electric brakes.

The Nissan runs 18″ alloy wheels which provide sufficient articulation in the wheel/suspension combination for getting seriously off-road

Seating capacity is by way of three rows – 2 up front, 3 in the second row and 2 in the third row. If you’re not using the third row, there’s an acre of luggage room

Passenger Compartment inc Drivers Position

Nissan has upped the luxury credentials of the Patrol Ti-L. Standard leather trim plus double entertainment screens for the second row,

Nissan Patrol Ti-L Rear Seat
Double entertainment screens
Enough Woodgrain look without going crazy
A great driving position with steering wheel controls
Centre console cool box to keep the drinks chilly

Below are the significant features for the Nissan Patrol Ti-L

Electric glass tilt & slide sunroof

Two second-row seat 8″ entertainment screens with headphones and remote control

Power-operated tailgate

Intelligent Rear View Mirror

Heated and cooled front seats

Leather accented** 8-way front seats with power slide/recline/height adjustment

Three-zone climate control air-conditioning

First-row centre console cool box

Satellite navigation with 8″ touch screen display

Around-View® Monitor (AVM) with Moving Object Detection

Pros and Cons


  • Autonomous Emergency Braking, and lots of other safety tech
  • Serious 4WD


  • No Apple Car Play/Android Auto
  • Still has a foot-operated parking brake

ANCAP Safety – Nissan Patrol Ti-L

With a low volume luxury vehicle, it’s no surprise that Nissan Australia hasn’t offered one of their new models for crash testing. Way back in 2011, the last time the Patrol was offered for testing, it only achieved 3 stars, but my review of the current model suggests it would achieve a full 5-star rating in 2019. But that’s my opinion.

Green Vehicle Guide – Nissan Patrol Ti-L

You can go to the GreenVehicleGuide yourself to see the 2019 Nissan Patrol Ti-L fuel consumption guide. And ok, it’s not that flash, but you are looking at a 298Kw 5.6 Litre V8 Engine in a BIG vehicle

Around town, you’re looking at 20.2 litres per 100 km, but on the highway expect 11.1 litres per 100 kilometres. With anything heavy on the tow ball, those figures will change and change dramatically

Insurance Estimate from RACQ – 2020 Nissan Patrol Ti-L

I use RACQ Insurance to give you a guide as to what you’ll pay for your annual comprehensive car insurance. Conditions for this cover are:

  • A male driver over 60 years of age, having held a license for over 10 years
  • Bronze member of RACQ with 1 other insurance policy.
  • Has paid cash for the car. The car is parked in a garage overnight.
  • The driver resides in postcode 4017
  • The car is fitted with an engine immobilizer
  • No at-fault claim in the last 3 years, with no license suspensions
  • Rating 1 currently, having held that rating 1 for 10 years or more
  • No driver under 25 will use the vehicle.

The premium quoted online by RACQ Insurance for Private Use – $579.82 with a $750 excess. Variations from the information above may result in different outcomes. Check online with RACQ Insurance for your own particular quote. (Effective December 22nd 2019)

Finance  – 2020 Nissan Patrol Ti-L

I’ve included some indicative repayment figures for the Nissan. It’s RRP drive away is $99,846, but I know I can buy it better than that for you. (Contact Car Business for a price).

So if you finance this Nissan over 60 months, your repayments work out this way, with no balloon at the end of the term. Adding a ballon will reduce the payments significantly

Monthly Payments               $1966

Fortnightly                             $904

Weekly                                    $454

Repayments are indicative only and will depend on your application. Some people will get a lower rate and some a higher rate. Some fees and charges are excluded from this example.

Warranty & Service – 2020 Nissan Patrol 

Nissan upgraded their new car warranty earlier this year to a 5-year unlimited kilometre plan.

Service costs are fairly expensive, but the Nissan Patrol Ti-L is a fairly comprehensive vehicle. Nissan Scheduled Maintenance is due every 10,000km or 12 months – whichever occurs first.  Capped Price Service runs out to $3236 for 6 years or about $539 per service. And in my opinion, you should ALWAYS take your Nissan back to a dealer. Only Nissan dealers have the equipment to diagnose any specific concerns and update special software. The Federal Government is pushing for all independent workshops to have access to specialist diagnostic stools, but realistically, that access will be confined to the top-selling brands. It may be hackneyed but it’s very true. No-one knows your Nissan better than brand specialists

Be careful when you take your vehicle in for service. Some new car dealers will try to upsell items such as Power Steering, Air Conditioning and Fuel Injector service. To avoid unnecessary spend, simply ask the dealer to advise whether this is a Nissan recommended service. If they so no, then you should say no too. I would recommend, however, that rotation of your wheels and perhaps a wheel alignment is good value. Brake fluid is scheduled to be replaced every 2 years or 40,000 kilometres and will cost about $42 over the published price of the service

Where to Buy – Dealers

My test vehicle was supplied by Nissan Australia. I’m not paid for my reviews, so I can guarantee that my thoughts are completely unbiased.

If you’re in the market to buy any new Nissan, pick your dealer carefully. When I want to check out the ‘worthiness’ of a dealer, I Google ‘Nissan Dealers Brisbane where the city is the one that you live in or around and the brand is that particular one you’re interested in. I only list dealers who have achieved a minimum of 15 reviews with Google and then only those with 4 stars or higher. 

From a South East Queensland perspective here are the dealers I’d visit:

Northside                Caboolture Nissan                               4.3 Stars from 41 Reviews

Southside                Motorama Nissan                                4.5 Stars from 90 Reviews

Eastside                   Bartons Nissan Wynnum                  4.7 Stars from 115 Reviews

Westside                  Ipswich Nissan                                    4.2 Stars from 72 Reviews

Gold Coast               von Bibra Southport                          4.6 Stars from 133 Reviews

Sunshine Coast      Cricks Nambour Nissan                     4.8 Stars from 94 Reviews

(Google Stars and review numbers effective 22nd December 2019)

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My Opinion

Ok, so I’m not a 4WDer or someone who tows a big van. I am however fairly conscious when it comes to value for money. If I was buying a large 4WD, I’d seriously look at the purchase price of the Nissan versus anything else on the market. A good mate of mine from Chinchilla owns a 2-year old Nissan Patrol Ti that I arranged for him and that’s travelled around 90,000 kilometres without any problem. The resale value of his Nissan is excellent and I’m sure he’ll upgrade his current car to this new one early in the new year.

So, ignore the badge and consider value for money as the number 1 criteria.

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